The BBC has confirmed that it will air free practice sessions live on terrestrial TV for the events it is to cover during the 2013 F1 season.

Currently, the BBC is set to provide coverage of nine races during the season ahead, starting with the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April and including events in Canada, Britain, Belgium and the season finale in Brazil.

For those events, the BBC will show practice sessions live on BBC2 and BBC2 HD, marking the first time such sessions will be available on network TV without being behind the Red Button.

With Jake Humphrey moving over to BT's new sports channel, the BBC had already confirmed that Suzi Perry would become the new presenter of its F1 coverage, but has now confirmed the remainder of the line-up for the year ahead.

Ben Edwards continues as lead commentator alongside David Coulthard, with Eddie Jordan as chief analyst, while former F1 racer and current Le Mans ace Allan McNish joins the team on BBC Radio 5 Live where he will take on a analyst role alongside the existing team of James Allen and Jennie Gow.

Tom Clarkson joins the team as a pit-lane reporter alongside Lee McKenzie, while technical analyst Gary Anderson will be involved in the BBC coverage on all platforms.

The F1 Forum will also air on the Red Button after each live BBC race.

"Everyone on the BBC team is hugely excited about the new season," said Ben Gallop, the BBC's head of F1. "Last year saw us rise to the challenge of bringing the action to fans through the mix of live television and highlights, delivering great programmes which were reflected in impressive audience figures.

"This year sees new faces, practice on BBC2 & BBC2 HD on live race weekends and a greater sharing of talent across BBC television, radio and online.

"With Suzi Perry at the helm, we're aiming to bring even more content, insight and access to audiences throughout the season."



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