It’s a sprint in Portugal this weekend — more so than usual.
We know races are generally won on Saturdays, which is why the next Formula 1 race is exceptionally intriguing: F1 approved sprint qualifying for three races coming this season, with the first taking place in Portimão this weekend.
Sprint qualifying adds a chicane into a traditional F1 weekend: Friday’s Practice 1 is as normal, while Practice 2 is replaced by a qualifying session for qualifying (trust us, this will sense). There are three sessions which will set the grid for Saturday’s qualifying session.
On Saturday, Practice 2 gives teams a last chance to adjust before sprint qualifying; sprint quali takes place over 25-30 minutes/100 km, which will set the grid for Sunday’s race.
They heard you like F1, so they added a race to your race and a qualifying to your qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and the rest of the F1 driver’s grid take on the new quali format for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix. Here’s what you need to know about it:
What channel is the F1 race on today?
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with a few races heading to ABC later in the season.
In addition, ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2021 F1 races in the U.S.
What time does the F1 race start today?
The 10 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix will start at 3:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place at 10:05 a.m. ESPN’s pre-race show usually airs in the hour prior to the start of the race.
Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Portuguese Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.
Formula 1 live stream for Portuguese Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
For those who do 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 schedule 2021
Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23 race schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, and concluding with the costomary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12.
The Portuguese Grand Prix returns for its second-consecutive running after a 22-year absence. Also making its debut this year is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix taking pace on the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.
All times Eastern.
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