Formula 1

5:35pm Sunday 9 September on BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey presents highlights of the Italian Grand Prix, with each race of the 2012 season taking on more importance as it draws towards its climax in Brazil in November.

McLaren’s gifted English driver Lewis Hamilton is desperately hunting for a second world title to add to his thrilling 2008 success, while reigning champion Sebastian Vettel – last year’s winner at Monza – and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso are always motivated to finish first on the podium.

5:20pm Saturday 8 September on BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey presents highlights of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, the 13th instalment of a rollercoaster 20-race season in which the first seven all produced different winners.

Monza is one of the most iconic circuits in the sport, and Fernando Alonso – the championship leader at the mid-way point of the season – will want to bring his Ferrari home first in front of the team’s fanatical fans.

But reigning champion Sebastian Vettel is desperate to repeat last year’s success, when he won in Italy from pole, and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber is always a threat. McLaren’s talented English duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will also be battling hard to get on the podium.

12:10pm Sunday 2 September on BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton comes into this race with renewed hope of claiming a second world title. The Briton won the last race in Hungary just over a month ago, closing to within 47 points of championship leader Fernando Alonso. Hamilton, who won this race in 2010, finished only just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungaroring, and the Finn could again be a threat at Spa.

Although he has yet to win a race with Lotus, Raikkonen claimed four victories in Belgium during his first spell in Formula One. Sebastian Vettel won this race last year and will be another driver to watch out for, along with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

12:10pm Saturday 1 September on BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

After the sport’s summer break the action resumes at Spa-Francorchamps, widely regarded as one of the most exciting tracks in Formula One.

Ferrari star Fernando Alonso goes into this race as the championship leader, despite often struggling to match the pace of his rivals in qualifying. However, the Spaniard took pole position in the rain at Hockenheim and Silverstone, so he will be confident of capitalising if there are wet conditions in Belgium.

5:00pm Sunday 29 July on BBC ONE

Lee McKenzie introduces highlights of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Hungaroring circuit has seen plenty of success for British drivers in recent years, with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both winning the race twice. Button claimed his maiden Grand Prix victory in Hungary in 2006 and also topped the podium last year, taking advantage of wet conditions on both occasions. Hamilton won in Hungary in 2007 and 2009 and nearly made it a hat-trick of wins last year, leading for much of the race but eventually finishing fourth. The 27-year-old will be eager to make up for that disappointment as he continues his bid for a second world title.

Confirmed for Sunday 29 July on BBC One at 5.00pm- 6.30pm

5:15pm Saturday 28 July on BBC TWO

Lee McKenzie presents highlights of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Hungaroring is a tight, twisting circuit where overtaking can be difficult, making qualifying especially crucial for any driver with hopes of winning the race. The 2012 season has been thrilling and unpredictable so far, with the first seven races producing seven different winners.

Fernando Alonso ended that run by picking up his second win in Valencia and the Ferrari driver looks to be one of the leading contenders for the championship, along with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

5:30pm Sunday 22 July on BBC TWO

Lee McKenzie introduces highlights of the German Grand Prix. Last year’s race was a thriller, with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton winning after an exciting tussle with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

Remarkably, Germany’s Vettel has never won a grand prix on home soil, a record he will be desperate to end as he hunts for his third successive world title.

5:00pm Saturday 21 July on BBC TWO

Lee McKenzie presents highlights of qualifying from the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Last year Mark Webber took pole position ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

It was the first time in 2011 that Germany’s Vettel had qualified outside the top two. He hasn’t been as dominant this year, but will be determined to take pole in his home grand prix.

12:55pm Sunday 8 July on BBC TWO

Live and uninterrupted coverage of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone, the ninth of 20 races in the calendar.

The 24-car field includes the last five winners of this race: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag last year, when Lewis Hamilton thrilled the home crowd with his charge up the field to finish fourth by holding off Felipe Massa on the finish line.

However the wheels literally came off for Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, who is making his 13th attempt to earn his first Silverstone podium.

Commentary comes from Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, with expert analysis by Eddie Jordan.

12:05pm Sunday 8 July on BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey introduces the build-up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where most of the 120,000 spectators will be hoping for the first British victory since Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag in 2008.

Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button both have race victories to their name, in a wide-open season which began with a record seven different winners of the opening seven races.

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