Lewis Hamilton with pole position No. 99.
The Mercedes driver enters Saturday’s race at Imola in the control position, finishing with the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying. In a bit of a surprise, Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished eighth with some difficulties wrangling the first sector of the track.
It was a day to forget for Carlos Sainz in his second qualifying session with Ferrari, finishing outside the top 10 on the grid. Teammate Charles Leclerc had a much better go of it in his car, finishing fourth overall, locking in a second-row seat for Ferrari in, what they hope to be, a rebound season.
HAMILTON TAKES POLE!
It’s the 99th pole position of his career 🤩
Perez and Verstappen complete the top three!#ImolaGP 🇮🇹 #F1 pic.twitter.com/ciLWHNUBj0
Elsewhere, George Russell remains undefeated on Saturdays vs. teammates, once again outpacing Williams colleague Nicholas Latifi, after a small scare from Latifi on the final lap. It wasn’t a great day for veterans either, with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both finishing in the second half of the grid.
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The grid is set for this Sunday’s return to Imola. Here’s what it looks like:
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the poll after an exciting qualifying for the first race weekend of the 2021 F1 marathon this year, but Lewis Hamilton returns to his throne atop the F1 grid for Saturday’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 Emilia Romagna GP will start at 3:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place at 9:05 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 Emilia Romagna GP. All times are Eastern.
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.Formula 1 live stream for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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 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.