This weekend is on the race, more than a race.
While Circuit Paul Ricard is not the most appealing or exciting track, the most exciting race will be the one for the top of the drivers’ championship table this year.
Currently, Max Verstappen (107 points) leads Lewis Hamilton (104 points) in the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers’ duel for rider supremacy entering Round 7 of the 2021 F1 season.
An incredibly entertaining Azerbaijani GP resulted in the downfall of Verstappen (thanks to bad tires), leaving the door wide open for Hamilton to take the lead. Hamilton, however, would hang due to a driver error on restarting the race – on the last lap – leading to Sergio Perez taking control of the race and Red Bull taking the constructors’ title.
There’s a lot at stake for the first race of a triple header.
Here’s what you need to know about this week’s F1 race:
What channel is the F1 race broadcasting on today?
- Race: Grand Prix of France
- Dated: Sunday 20 June
- TV channel: ESPN
- Direct: Watch ESPN, fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using the Sky Sports stream, with a few races heading to ABC later in the season.
Additionally, ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish home for all F1 2021 races in the United States.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Dated: Sunday 20 June
- Start time: 9:00 a.m.ET
Sunday’s 9 a.m. ET start time means the 2021 French Grand Prix will start at 3 p.m. local time. The start time of the hour means that the lights will likely be on just after 9 a.m. ESPN’s pre-race show usually airs within one hour of the start of the race.
Below is the full TV schedule of the weekend’s F1 events at the French Grand Prix. All hours are oriental.
|Friday June 18||Practice 1||5:30||ESPN2|
|Friday June 18||Practice 2||09h00||ESPNU|
|saturday 19 june||Practice 3||6:00 am||ESPN2|
|saturday 19 june||Qualification||09h00||ESPN2|
|Sunday 20 June||Race||09h00||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 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 with a cable or satellite subscription but not in front of a TV, Formula 1 racing in 2021 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication. .
Formula 1 calendar 2021
In all, there are 23 races scheduled in the 2021 F1 season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix added to the last race, slipping on record the first week of March. The originally planned Vietnam Grand Prix was withdrawn after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is currently on hold. It was originally scheduled for April 11, but will likely not take place this season.
All races will be broadcast on the US side on the ESPN family of networks, with the US Grand Prix and the Mexico City Grand Prix both being broadcast on ABC. The Singapore Grand Prix has also been withdrawn from the schedule, but the FIA plans to replace it.
Please note: On-time start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is usually five minutes before the start of the race. The timetables do not include the usual ESPN broadcasts before the race.
Here is the latest schedule:
|Dated||Race||Classes||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11:00||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo and Dino Ferrari||9h00||To be determined||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2nd||Grand Prix of Portugal||Algarve International Circuit||10:00 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit||9h00||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|23 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco circuit||9h00||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6||Azerbaijani Grand Prix||Baku City Tour||8h00||ESPN||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20||Grand Prix of France||Paul Ricard Circuit||9h00||ESPN||To be determined|
|June 27||Grand Prix of Styria||Red bull ring||9h00||ESPN||To be determined|
|4th July||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9h00||ESPN||To be determined|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10:00 a.m.||ESPN||To be determined|
|1st of August||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9h00||ESPN||To be determined|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa Francorchamps circuit||9h00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|September 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort circuit||9h00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|September 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9h00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|September 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrome||8h00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|October 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Running Course||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN2||To be determined|
|24 october||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3:00 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|October 31||Mexico Grand Prix||Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez||3:00 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|November 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodrome José Carlos Pace||Midday||ESPN2||To be determined|
|21 November||Australian Grand Prix||Albert park circuit||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN News||To be determined|
|December 5||Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia||Jeddah streets tour||11 o’clock in the evening||ESPN2||To be determined|
|December 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8h00||ESPN2||To be determined|