Sky Sports F1's Australian GP schedule
Updated Sky F1 TV times, including rescheduled Sunday Qualy session
Last Updated: 09/12/13 9:26am
After all the guessing games of the winter, the eagerly-awaited 2013 F1 season finally commences in Melbourne this weekend - and Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch exclusive live coverage of the Australian GP.
From the first Drivers' Press Conference of the year at Albert Park on Thursday, right through to in-depth analysis of how the opening race of the season panned out after the first winner of 2013 has been crowned on Sunday, Sky Sports F1 will follow the story of the Melbourne weekend every step of the way as we kick off our second season in style.
It all begins at 1.00am on Friday morning with a 30-minute build-up to Practice One during which we'll look to hear from all four of Britain's quartet of 2013 drivers before the first wheels of the racing season are turned out on track.
During the course of Friday's live coverage - Practice Two comes on air at 5.15am - David Croft and Anthony Davidson's commentary will be supplemented by two new innovations for 2013: Martin Brundle will be down at a corner of the track providing his expert view on how the cars are handling, while Commentary Expert and leading journalist Mark Hughes will be providing pointers to help dissect the story behind the timesheets.
Of course, any Friday wouldn't be complete without The F1 Show and thanks to the time difference you'll be able to watch Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz over breakfast as they conduct a review of the sport's first day of term live from Melbourne.
With the live 9.30am edition also simulcast on Sky 1, the show will include features on local favourite Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton's first few days as a Mercedes man in the paddock and a special piece filmed prior to flying out to Oz at Bedford Autodrome with six-times Olympic cycling Champion Sir Chris Hoy as he geared up for his race debut on four wheels in the Mazda Celebrity Challenge, which takes place around Albert Park prior to the GP.
Saturday morning commences with Practice Three from 2.45am, and then, from 5.00am, our hour-long build-up Qualifying show will see drivers pit their natural sporting competitiveness against each other - albeit in slightly different surroundings.
First, what better way to have welcomed new McLaren recruit Sergio Perez to a wintery UK than a trip to the local watering hole for an afternoon of pub games with new team-mate Jenson Button and our very own Simon Lazenby and Natalie Pinkham?
Temperatures are rather different in a summery Melbourne at the moment, of course, and so naturally it's the beach that is the next port of call and that's where we will find F1's five rookies taking each other on in a game of beach tennis.
In addition, we'll run down the whole 22-man field prior to the green light on the ever-unpredictable three-part qualifying hour, which starts at 6am prompt.
It's a 4.30am start for our coverage of Race Day in Melbourne and across our 90 minutes of build-up we'll reflect the anticipation for the first 'lights out' of the new campaign.
Our track guide will be a special three-pronged affair as Martin Brundle is joined by Force India's Paul di Resta and cycling-legend-turned-celebrity-racer Sir Chris Hoy to analysis the ever-tricky Albert Park challenge, while two men who have conquered the parkland venue in the past - World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Sky F1's very own Damon Hill - come face-to-face to preview the former's first race for Mercedes.
We'll also be out with the drivers on the track parade, while in the first of a new feature for 2013 during the race itself, we'll hear from a Team Principal direct from the pitwall as they plot their cars' course through the 58-lap race.
Enough to whet the appetite? Well, you'll be able to enjoy all that and more live on the Sky Sports F1 channel across the Australian GP weekend, with our coverage also available on the Sky Sports App and on the move with Sky Go.
SKY SPORTS F1's AT-A-GLANCE SCHEDULE - UPDATED
Thursday March 14
4am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
11am - Drivers' Press Conference Replay.
7.45pm - Gear up for Australia.
Friday March 15
1am - Australian GP Practice One - Live!
5.15am - Australian GP Practice Two - Live!
7.30am - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
9.30am - The F1 Show (also simulcast on Sky 1).
10.30am - F1 Classic Races - Australia 1994.
1.30pm - Australian GP Practice One Replay.
3.50pm - Australian GP Practice Two Replay.
6pm - F1 Classic Races - Australia 2007
Saturday March 16
2.45am - Australian GP Practice Three - Live!
5am - Australian GP Qualifying - Live!
7.45am - F1 Classic Races - Australia 2010.
10am - Australian GP Qualifying Replay.
5.45pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
9.45pm - F1 Classic Races - Australia 1999.
11.45pm - Qualifying: Q2 and Q3 - Live!
Sunday March 17
4.30am - The 2013 Australian GP - Live!
9am - F1 Classic Races - Australia 2003.
11am - Australian GP Highlights.
12.30pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
1pm - Australian GP Replay.
Only first respective show replay listed in each instance. For full Sky Sports F1 listings visit the online TV Guide or check your Sky Planner.