More than races past, this is truly a sprint.
For the first time in F1, sprint qualifying belongs to Red Bull and Max Verstappen after the sport’s first tremendously entertaining foray into a new qualifying format for Sunday’s race. Lewis Hamilton entered the day on pole position, but got off to a slow start, leading way for Verstappen to take pole:
Max Verstappen takes P1 in the first ever #F1Sprint! 🏁
He took the lead from Lewis Hamilton at lights out and never looked back!#BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/BtXqDG8I7v
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The grid for Saturday’s sprint qualifying session was set with the qualifying session on Friday; usually the second practice session, a sprint quali weekend means that the typical FP1-FP2-FP3-Q lineup is replaced by FP1-Q-FP2-SQ over Friday and Saturday.
In addition, top three racers will pick up some points for finishing on a metaphorical podium: Verstappen takes three driver’s championship points for Sunday’s race, with Mercedes teammates Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas taking second and third, respectively.
Here’s how they’ll line up this Sunday in the UK:
Here’s how they lined up for Saturday’s sprint qualifying, with qualifying for Sunday’s race below:
The grid for Saturday’s #F1Sprint 👀@LewisHamilton will start from P1! 🙌#BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/hEfaLWWkYZ
At the end of it, pole position mattered not for Lewis Hamilton, who was out-started and out-paced by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Verstappen sits on pole for Sunday’s race. George Russell is under investigation for a collision with Carlos Sainz:
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.
The 10 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 British GP will start at 3 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place just after 10 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 British GP.
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 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23-race schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, and concluding with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12.
The Canadian GP was canned as the country continues to wrangle with coronavirus issues, and F1 added the Styrian GP in its stead. The French GP moves up a week to June 20.
The race originally scheduled for Oct. 3 in Singapore was also axed, with the Turkish GP rejoining the schedule for the same date. That race takes place at Istanbul City Circuit.
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 place on the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.