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BBC Sport gears up for 2010 F1 season

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BBC Sport gears up for 2010 F1 season
The BBC is gearing up for another Formula 1 season with extensive coverage across TV, radio, online and Red Button platforms.

Last year, the corporation started the first season of its multi-platform broadcasting rights deal for Formula 1 coverage, which runs inclusive to the 2013 season.

For 2010, BBC One will carry live coverage of all 19 races and their qualifying sessions, beginning on March 12 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Jake Humphrey will once again anchor the TV coverage, with expert punditry coming from former team boss Eddie Jordan and race driver David Coulthard.

Long-time F1 commentator Murray Walker will once more provide online blogs and reports as the races unfurl.

The 2010 season promises some intriguing action, with British drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton racing together at McLaren and the return of F1 legend Michael Schumacher as part of the new Mercedes team.

The BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team will be led by David Croft and F1 driver Anthony Davidson, with pit lane reports from Holly Samos.

"We're delighted with the way 2009 went and we can't wait for the 2010 season to start," said the BBC's head of Formula 1 Ben Gallop.

"The BBC Sport team will once again be bringing great coverage across all our platforms, meaning F1 fans can follow the action and interact wherever they are, whenever they want.

"We're proud to offer our audiences the opportunity to follow the great stories and share all the excitement of this fantastic sport."

Any races and qualifying sessions which end before 10am will be repeated in full later in the day, while an hour-long highlights programme will be aired on BBC Three for all races.

Live coverage of practice session will be available via the BBC Red Button, along with options to switch between BBC One and 5 Live commentary during races.

However, the corporation also warned that broadcasting details are "subject to change", especially around expected coverage for the upcoming general election.

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