Should F1 stay on the BBC?

David Hobbs

Autoblog would rather see the likes of Strictly Come Dancing and most of BBC3 disappear from our screens before Formula One coverage was axed but even we understand the pressures on the BBC to rein in its spending.

As the 2011 F1 season gets underway, it looks as though the sport's place on the BBC is under threat. The nation's broadcaster has to make cuts and sport is one area that looms large on the accountants' radar. The current F1 contract, which runs until the end of 2013, costs the Corporation around £40 million a year - a natural target for the chop, you might think?