has elaborated upon its Formula 1 plans in 2009, with news that it is to provide extensive and comprehensive coverage across all of its platforms – and that it is to re-instate Fleetwood Mac's legendary rock anthem The Chain
as the sport's theme tune.
The Beeb broadcast F1 until rival ITV
signed an agreement with commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone in 1997, a situation that continued until the end of last season, when it was announced that the top flight would be returning to its traditional home this year after more than a decade's absence.
There will be live coverage on BBC1 of all 17 grands prix in 2009 and of every qualifying session with the exception of Brazil – which will air on BBC2 – as well as on the red button, radio, online and mobile.
Moreover, fans will be able to customise their viewing experience by way of options including split-screen action, a live leaderboard, in-car cameras, a choice of commentary, live online streaming, live text, interactive forums, circuit guides and blogs.
The presenting team will be constituted by award-winning former McLaren and Benetton star Martin Brundle and Five Live
stalwart Jonathan Legard in the commentary box, with the expert studio line-up comprised of recently-retired 13-time grand prix-winner David Coulthard, colourful former team owner Eddie Jordan and erstwhile children's presenter Jake Humphrey. Ted Kravitz and Lee McKenzie will report from the pit-lane.
Even better news still for die-hard fans, though, is that Fleetwood Mac's iconic, atmospheric signature tune is also to be reprised. The Chain