Hamilton begins his second title defence

It may feel like yesterday that British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton won his second FIA World Championship title but, here we are again with just days to go until the first practice at Melbourne, Australia, following by qualifying and the live race this coming Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The end of season break has been a brief one, with most of the top teams working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure their cars are faster and more effective for this season’s racing. Based on recent reports and formal practice sessions, it appears that the silver arrows of the Mercedes team still have the best package, with Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg both showing the most impressive lap times at the Spanish circuit in Catalunya.

If reports are true, it looks like we could be in for a continuation of the fierce rivalry that saw the two stablemates go head to head last year, from the first right to the very last race. For the neutrals, it may not be perfect viewing but for British Formula One fans, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Get the best coverage

As in recent years, the F1 season can be seen on terrestrial and satellite television networks. All of the races, plus qualifying sessions, practice and race build up can be seen on Sky’s dedicated channel Sky Sports F1 which gives round the clock F1 insight, news and views. However, there’s also superb coverage of half the races live plus highlights on BBC so whichever is your preferred route, there’s always a way to watch the racing.

Sky can clearly boast having the most expensive and experienced F1 punditry line up in the form of ex-F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill, all working alongside the commentary team of David Croft, Anthony Davidson and Simon Lazenby, plus presenters Natalie Pinkman, Rachel Brookes and Craig Slater. An admittedly expensive team assembled to offer real F1 knowledge, complimented by commentary expertise and a dash of glamour.

BBC’s answer to all this takes the form of Suzi Perry, backed up by F1 mainstays David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan, who always has a thing or two to say that raises the odd eyebrow.

What this does make is for unmissable television no matter what your preferred choice is and DemandUKTV can offer suitable packages to customers to catch the F1 on both networks using either our Blade Stream IPTV set-top box for terrestrial preferences and our range of Slingbox systems for those who want to see the high octane action on Sky.

Whichever way you want to watch the F1, speak to us first and we’ll get you set up and ready in time to see the very first corner of the first lap!

What can we expect this F1 season?

With such a quick turnaround between the end of season finale last year and this years spring start, most F1 fans won’t have had the time to catch up with the changes and developments at their favoured team. So what’s happened since the last race in Abu Dhabi? Here’s a brief run down:

Red Bull

With Sebastian Vettel heading off to Ferrari, a very large pair off boots were left to fill at Red Bull. With Daniel Ricciardo having a stella season last time out, it’s no surprise that the team has stuck to it’s policy of backing young drivers, thus shutting the door on the potential signing of Fernando Alonso; and instead opting to sign Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat. This surely must confirm Ricciardo as their main man this season.

Mercedes

The 2014 Champions unsurprisingly have their current driver line-up locked in for this season. Rosberg signed a multi-year contract extension in May, whilst Hamilton’s current deal takes him to the end of the 2016/17 season. So for now, things are stable but that could all change as the season progresses.

Ferrari

With Alonso saying farewell to an era at Ferrari that promised so much yet failed to deliver, the Italian F1 team opted to bring in triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel to partner F1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen, in the aim of taking the team forward. Vettel arrives hoping to emulate his idol Michael Schumacher, who joined a struggling Ferrari team in 1996 and as we know, turned it into a dominant and sometimes, unstoppable force for many years.

McLaren

Will a change in engine partners bring a change in fortunes? With the return of Fernando Alonso which has been quoted by David Coulthard as being a “marriage of convenience”, things haven’t got off to the best of starts. Alonso was recently injured and suffered severe concussion at the practice circuit in Catalunya, Spain; which has led to Alonso’s omission from this season first race. A lot of mystery surrounds exactly what occurred but initial reports of his health being fine seem grossly exaggerated if he is unfit to drive. Worrying indeed. This naturally leaves the door open for Jensen Button to show one last time that he still has the fire in his belly to race at the very top; with recent reports suggesting he was going to lose his seat only to hear last minute that he was to remain at McLaren – if only by his fingertips!

It all starts again this Friday

So with just hours left until the first practice session, now’s the ideal time to get your system up and running in time for the first days coverage. if you’re a Brit abroad or just a total F1 addict who loves to watch theri entertainment straight from the UK, then speak to our sales team today on +44 (0) 2032 838 000 or contact us via email to ask us any questions you have about our service.

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