Less than three weeks before the first of four pre-season testing sessions kicks off in Valencia, the BBC has announced it is to broadcast the full 2011 Formula 1 season in high definition.
Set to run on the BBC HD channel alongside the standard definition BBC 1 offering, the Beeb will host all 20 Grand Prix in crisp high definition after the FOM (Formula One Management) confirmed all global broadcasting partners would receive a HD feed for the upcoming season.
The BBC’s Head of HD and 3D Danielle Nagler said of the announcement: "Along with many, many HD viewers, I'm delighted that we'll have a chance next season to see Formula 1 in all its glory on television. It's fantastic news that FOM has decided to green light HD broadcasts, and we're looking forward to sharing with the fans all the races in all their detail on BBC One HD and BBC HD."
Once again anchored by Jake Humphrey, the BBC’s F1 coverage will see Eddie Jordan return as primary analyst as former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard joins Martin Brundle in the commentary box.
The latest announcement sees Formula 1 join Wimbledon, the Grand National, all live golf coverage and the imminent Six Nations rugby tournament on BBC’s roster of 2011 HD sports broadcasts.