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Motorsport fans are running out of time to sign up for Sky TV services before the start of the new Formula 1 season.

For the first time in 2012, the entire F1 calendar is being broadcast on subscription television, with Sky TV subscribers able to tune in to all 20 races.

The season kicks off, as usual, in Australia - where Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will begin his defence of the F1 crown at Albert Park in Melbourne.

An incredible six world champions will line up on the grid on Sunday March 18th, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button leading the British charge.

Fernando Alonso, the returning Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher - a four-time winner in Australia - will also be out to lay down a marker for the season.

Vettel was in imperious form in last year's Australian Grand Prix, claiming the first of 11 wins ahead of Hamilton's McLaren and Renault's Vitaly Petrov.

And the 24-year-old German will be eager to get his title defence off to the best possible start next weekend, live on Sky Sports F1 HD.

Launching tomorrow (Friday March 8th 2012), the new channel will broadcast uninterrupted coverage of every F1 race, plus qualifying and practice sessions throughout the season.

This means there will be no mid-race advertisement breaks, allowing viewers to enjoy all 58 laps from Melbourne's idyllic lakeside track.

Sky Sports F1 HD viewers will also be able to tune in to news, views and F1 analysis, plus coverage of GP2 and GP3 races, over the course of the season.

But in order to be ready for the first race, non-Sky customers need to ensure they contact the broadband and satellite TV provider to arrange an installation.

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