After months of speculation, the 2012 F1 calendar has been announced, revealing which races will be on BBC live and those that are only on Sky live, with BBC showing delayed highlights.

Sky also announced their dedicated F1 channel, although details are sketchy at the moment, so we’re unaware whether GP2, Porsche and other support series will be covered.

They have promised lots of archive footage and behind the scenes stuff, and with Sky’s reputation for transforming sports coverage, it will be interesting to see what they can do with F1.

The rumours of an Freeview channel being made available have been put to bed, which is a shame – was popular for a few hours amongst those who don’t have Sky.

The coverage will of course be in HD for those that have the Sky HD package and any Sky customers who already have Sky Sports 1 and 2 will get the dedicated F1 channel for no extra cost.  If you’re currently without Sky, check their website for the best deal for you.  True that compared to where it’s free-to-air at the moment, it will cost at least £300+ to watch F1 next year, but you can transfer your Internet and telephone service to them and get a complete package, which could work out cheaper, or at least less of a financial hit.  See the Sky website and their new @SkySportsF1 twitter for more info.

Anyhow, here’s how the races will be distributed between the BBC and Sky – seems that Sky have got most of the ‘big’ races, but the BBC have retained Monaco, Spa and Brazil – no season opener sadly though.

What do you think folks?

RoundGrand PrixDateLive on SkyLive on BBC
1AustralianMarch 18thYes
2MalaysianMarch 25thYes
3ChineseApril 15thYesYes
4BahrainApril 22ndYes
5SpanishMay 13thYesYes
6MonacoMay 27thYesYes
7CanadianJune 10thYes
8EuropeanJune 24thYesYes
9BritishJuly 8thYesYes
10GermanJuly 22ndYes
11HungarianJuly 29thYes
12BelgianSeptember 2ndYesYes
13ItalianSeptember 9thYes
14SingaporeSeptember 23rdYesYes
15JapaneseOctober 7thYes
16KoreanOctober 14thYesYes
17IndianOctober 28thYes
18Abu DhabiNovember 4thYesYes
19United States *November 18thYes
20BrazilianNovember 25thYesYes