Formula 1 is back in the US after a yearlong hiatus caused by COVID-19.
Max Verstappen was fastest in qualifying on Saturday and secured pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Valtterri Bottas qualified fourth but will drop to ninth in the race due to a grid penalty.
Verstappen will be busy battling Lewis Hamilton for the championship lead. Hamilton earned his 100th career victory two races ago at the Russian Grand Prix. He will seek to continue his dominance in Texas, where he has won six times previously. The Red Bull driver leads the Mercedes driver by a narrow six-point margin.
Here’s how they’ll line up on the starting grid on Sunday:
Formula 1 starting eleven for the 2021 United States Grand Prix
Starting from the back of the grid will be Haas driver Mick Schumacher. Valtteri Bottas will start from P9 after being given a grid penalty during qualifying.
|1.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|3.||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|Four.||Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)|
|5.||Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)|
|6.||Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)|
|7.||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|8||Lando Norris (McLaren)|
|9||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|10.||Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)|
|eleven.||Esteban Ocon (Alpino)|
|12.||Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)|
|13.||Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)|
|14.||Fernando Alonso (Alpine)|
|fifteen.||George Russell (Williams)|
|sixteen.||Ride Lance (Aston Martin)|
|17.||Nicholas Latifi (Williams)|
|18.||Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)|
|19.||Nikita Mazepin (Haas)|
|twenty.||Mick Schumacher (Haas)|
What channel is the F1 race on Sunday?
- Race: United States Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday October 24
- Television channel: ABC
- Live broadcast: fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using the Sky Sports broadcast, with selected late-season races heading to ABC.
ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2021 F1 races in the US.
What time does the F1 race start on Sunday?
- Date: Sunday October 24
- Start time: 3 pm ET
Sunday’s race start time at 3pm ET means the 2021 United States Grand Prix will begin at 2pm local time. The lights will likely go out just after 3pm ET. ESPN’s pre-race show generally airs one hour before the start of the race.
Below is the full television schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the United States Grand Prix. All hours are oriental.
|Friday October 22||Practice 1||12:30 pm||ESPN2|
|Friday October 22||Practice 2||4 pm||ESPN2|
|Saturday October 23||Practice 3||2 pm||ESPN2|
|Saturday October 23||Qualification||5 p. M.||ESPNews|
|Sunday October 24||Race||3 pm||ABC|
Live broadcast of Formula 1 for the United States Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five top OTT TV streaming options that broadcast ESPN: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, fuboTV, and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are the links to each.
For those who have a cable or satellite subscription but aren’t in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2021 can be streamed live via phones, tablets, and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
Formula 1 Calendar 2021
Throughout, there are 23 scheduled races in the 2021 F1 season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix sliding down the agenda the first week of March. The originally scheduled Vietnam Grand Prix was dropped after the arrest of Nguyen duc chung while the Chinese Grand Prix is in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11, but will likely not take place this season.
All races will air in the US on the ESPN family of networks, and the United States Grand Prix and the Mexico City Grand Prix will air on ABC. The Singapore Grand Prix was also removed from the calendar, and the Turkish Grand Prix returned to the calendar instead.
Please note: Spot start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is typically five minutes before the start of the race. Schedules do not include regular ESPN pre-race programs.
Here is the most recent program:
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||television channel||Winner|
|28th March||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11 a. M.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18th||Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna||Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2nd||Grand Prix of Portugal||Algarve International Circuit||10 a. M.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|may 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6th||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku city circuit||8 am||ESPN||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20th||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a. M.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 27th||Styrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 a. M.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 4th||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 a. M.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 18||Great Britain Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a. M.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|August 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a. M.||ESPN||Esteban Ocon (Alpino)|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps||9 a. M.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|September 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|September 12||Italian Grand Prix||Monza National Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN2||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|September 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrome||8 am||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|October 10th||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul Intercity Park||8 am||ESPN2||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|October 24th||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 pm||ABC||TBD|
|31 October||Grand Prix of Mexico City||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 pm||ABC||TBD|
|November 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo José Carlos Pace||Noon||ESPN2||TBD|
|November 21||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1 a. M.||ESPN News||TBD|
|December 5th||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 p. M.||ESPN2||TBD|
|December 12th||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 am||ESPN2||TBD|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.