Claims BBC will drop F1 rubbishedThe UK’s Sunday Times newspaper has run a report citing “senior sources” which claims that the BBC will drops its coverage of Formula 1 after the 2013 season as it aims to curb expenditure.

After taking over the F1 broadcasts from ITV in 2009, its F1 coverage enjoys a global audience of some 50 million viewers – roughly 6 million alone in the UK – and a steadily growing audience share.

One point to note is that the Sunday Times is owned by the Rupert Murdoch-run News Corporation empire, the very group bidding to buy the commercial rights to formula 1 from CVC Capital Partners. To say that there is a vested interest in running such a story – the offer to CVC would certainly reduce with the BBC out of the picture – is a masterpiece in understatement.

In turn, Jake Humphrey (pictured) – the lead anchor for the BBC’s race weekend coverage – has trashed the speculation via Twitter to appease concern from fans.

“I have no inside information on [the coverage’s] future,” he wrote on his thread.

“But I know little else gets the audience share and the millions that we do. BBC F1 is a huge success.”

He added that the Sunday Times article had “many inaccuracies”.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.