This weekend is about the career, more than a career.
While the Paul Ricard circuit is not the most attractive or exciting track, the most exciting race will be at the top of the table in this year’s drivers’ championship.
Currently, Max Verstappen (107 points) leads Lewis Hamilton (104 points) as Red Bull and Mercedes drivers battle it out for driver supremacy as they enter Round 7 of the 2021 F1 season.
An incredibly entertaining Azerbaijani GP resulted in Verstappen crashing (due to poor tires), leaving the door open for Hamilton to take over. Hamilton, however, was locked out due to a driver error at the restart of the race on the last lap, prompting Sergio Pérez to take control of the race and Red Bull to clinch the constructors’ title.
The stakes are high going into the first race of a triple title.
Here’s what you need to know about this week’s F1 race:
What channel is the F1 race on today?
- Race: French Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday June 20
- Television channel: ESPN
- Live broadcast: WatchESPN, fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all of the 2021 F1 races in the United States using the Sky Sports broadcast, with some races heading to ABC later in the season.
Additionally, ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2021 F1 races in the US.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Date: Sunday June 20
- Start time: 9 am ET
Sunday’s race start time at 9 am ET means that the 2021 French Grand Prix will begin at 3:00 pm local time. The start time in hour means the lights are likely to go out just after 9am. ESPN’s pre-race show generally airs one hour before the start of the race.
Below is the full TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the French Grand Prix. All hours are oriental.
|Friday June 18||Practice 1||05:30 am||ESPN2|
|Friday June 18||Practice 2||09 am||ESPNU|
|Saturday June 19||Practice 3||6:00 am||ESPN2|
|Saturday June 19||Qualification||09 am||ESPN2|
|Sunday June 20||Race||09 am||ESPNee|
Live broadcast of Formula 1 for the Monaco Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four main OTT TV streaming options that broadcast ESPN: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are the links to each.
For those who have a cable or satellite subscription but are not 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 as the last race added, 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 currently on the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11, but will likely not take place this season.
All races will air on the US side of 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, but the FIA plans to replace it.
Please note: Spot start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is typically five minutes before the start of the race. The schedules do not include the usual 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.||TBD||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||TBD|
|June 27th||Styrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 a. M.||ESPN||TBD|
|July 4th||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 a. M.||ESPN||TBD|
|July 18||Great Britain Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a. M.||ESPN||TBD|
|August 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a. M.||ESPN||TBD|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps||9 a. M.||ESPN2||TBD|
|September 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN2||TBD|
|September 12||Italian Grand Prix||Monza National Circuit||9 a. M.||ESPN2||TBD|
|September 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrome||8 am||ESPN2||TBD|
|October 10th||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course||1 a. M.||ESPN2||TBD|
|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.