After an off-season full of drama, Formula 1 is back this weekend with the Bahrain GP. Supported by Petronas, which is also the title sponsor of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes GP works team, broadcast of “the pinnacle of motorsports” returns with live coverage of all 19 races. In addition to covering Formula 1 across its TV, online and mobile platforms throughout the region, viewers can tune into the new ESPN HD channel.

STAR Sports will broadcast more than 600 hours of F1 content in 2010 including pre and post-race shows Race Day and Chequered Flag hosted by Paula Malai Ali and Steve Dawson. STAR Sports’ coverage will also be bolstered with the addition of former Jordan chief designer and technical director Gary Anderson, who will add technical expertise to the live commentary team comprising veteran commentator Steve Slater. For the first time ever in Asia, F1 live broadcasts will also be shown in High-Definition on ESPN HD.

Online content at ESPN Star’s website includes Live Race Centre featuring lap-by-lap live race coverage and commentary, online video highlights, insightful columns by Steve Slater, the F1 Fantasy game and a new winner prediction game sponsored by Petronas. Autographed helmet by Schumi anyone?

We can’t wait! Let the racing start!