Sky 3D and Sky Sports F1 viewers will be able to watch live action from the Circuit de Catalunya on all four days of the test – the last before the 2013 F1 season starts in Australia – from 28 February to 3 March. This will probably be the first stereo 3D broadcast from Formula 1 and though it is not from the season races it can give a good idea what we might expect to see if Formula 1 gets full stereoscopic 3D coverage. The very fast moving Formula 1 cars and the big tracks can turn out to be a bit of a challenge for shooting in 3D, adding on top of that the various locations of the races all around the world and the different conditions they take place in probably will make it difficult to have a full season coverage in 3D for now. However watching Forluma 1 in 3D could as well turn out to be a better experience that with some other sports we’ve already seen broadcast in 3D that did not look any better or become more interesting. And while the 3D coverage of the final tests at the Circuit de Catalunya migh not be the most action packed Formula 1 experience as it is not an actual race, if the results of that broadcast turn out good for both Sky and the Formua 1 fans we could at least hope for a Season 2014 in 3D as we are for sure not going to get this years races broadcast in 3D.
Sky 3D is available at no extra cost to Sky customers with the Sky World package, the HD pack and a 3D TV. F1 will be the 14th sport to be broadcast in 3D by Sky. The coverage will be presented by Simon Lazenby with commentary from David Croft and special guests.
The unprecedented coverage of pre-season testing on Sky 3D and the dedicated Formula 1 channel Sky Sports F1 HD will include:
- LIVE 3D COVERAGE – Every day of the final test from 28 February-3 March from 2pm on Sky 3D – also available live on Sky Sports F1 channel in 2D.
- DAILY COVERAGE – Every day of every test including daily features of Ted’s Test Notebook and a programme airing at 9pm on Sky Sports F1 HD in 2D.
- LIVE COVERAGE – Daily live reports from every test on Sky Sports News HD and live reports from Ted Kravitz in episodes of the F1 Show on 22 February and 1 March in 2D.