So it seems everyone possibly involved with the Indian Grand Prix is out to make the most of its ‘inaugural’ status. This time it is Formula1’s ‘official broadcaster’ Star Sports.
Just read an announcement on my Twitter timeline that Star Sports will broadcast all sessions of the Indian Grand Prix LIVE on TV. This is a welcome announcement and means that fans will get to witness the Friday and Saturday practice sessions live on their television sets, which is an extra 150mins of Formula1 action. The announcement will also work in favour of the one-off sponsors who have associated with various teams and drivers for the Indian Grand Prix as their possible TV exposure also increases. (Indian GP deals: Airtel Indian Grand Prix, Amul And Sauber, Hero Motors and HRT)
Also, this move suggests double standards from the broadcaster to a certain extent. It was only two months back (in August) when the channel decided to broadcast a football match between two lesser known teams instead of the Belgian GP qualifying much to the angst of F1 fans in India. Well one could argue as well that the broadcaster is learning from their mistakes. Whatever be the case, sit back and enjoy the extra dose of F1 action!
The TV broadcast schedules (should be):
Date: 28th October 2011
Sessions: Friday Free Practice 1 (1000hrs to 1130hrs); Free Practice 2 (1400hrs to 1530hrs)
Date: 29th October 2011
Sessions: Saturday Free Practice (1100hrs to 1200hrs); Qualifying (1400hrs onwards)
Date: 30th October 2011
Session: Race (1500hrs onwards)