The sprint before the sprint, with a twist.
It’s the second time that Formula 1 has taken a foray into the world of sprint qualifying, and it’s the first time that Valtteri Bottas took home a sprint qualifying flag. Kind of.
Valtteri Bottas wins #F1Sprint! 🏁
He led from start to finish! Max Verstappen takes P2, with Daniel Ricciardo in third ahead of Lando Norris#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1 pic.twitter.com/fvZFu50Iw5
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In the same week when Bottas was announced to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season, the Finn driver won the sprint qualifying, but an engine penalty will force him to start Sunday’s Italian GP at the rear of the field. Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s race from pole position.
Behind Verstappen will be McLaren drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, who held off Lewis Hamilton to enter Sunday’s race third.
Bottas aside, qualifying wasn’t without drama. Hamilton, who started in second, quickly fell behind at the start of the sprint, finishing fourth. Pierre Gasly, last year’s winner in Monza, crashed out entering the first chicane of the sprint.
Here’s how they’ll line up this Sunday in Italy:
Saturday’s sprint grid was lined up with qualifying on Friday. Here’s how they lined up entering Saturday’s sprint qualifying:
The line up for Saturday’s #F1Sprint 👀 #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1 pic.twitter.com/dKIjtG0oYo
Though Bottas took home the checkered flag for the sprint, he’ll start last on the grid for Sunday’s race after incurring an engine penalty.
And here’s how they’ll line up for Sunday’s race:
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 9 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Italian GP will start at 3 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place just after 9 a.m. ET. 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 Italian 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, which is scheduled for December.