The BBC has announced that a new deal had been agreed upon with Formula One Management starting from next season until 2018. The deal limits BBC's coverage to half of the season's races, as well as the practice and qualifying sessions for those races. Sky Sports, on the other hand, will show every race, qualifying session and practice live.
Predictably, this has led to outrage from fans not only in the UK but around the world, who have enjoyed BAFTA-winning coverage since the BBC bought rights to the sport in 2009. Bernie Ecclestone has defended the move, insisting the deal was "super" for Formula One.
F1 teams are expected to meet with Ecclestone to discuss the new broadcasting deal and establish whether it breaches the terms of the Concorde Agreement signed by all participating teams, which states that the sport will remain on free-to-air television.
This article will look at the 2012 Formula One calender and pick out the top 10 races the BBC should be pushing to broadcast to appease their 10 million-plus viewers.