F1 qualifying has a Mercedes at the top — but it’s not Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas took home his first pole position for the 2021 season after just edging out Lewis Hamilton on Saturday.
VALTTERI BOTTAS IS ON POLE❗️
A storming lap delivers the Finn pole position ahead of Hamilton (P2) and Verstappen (P3) ⚡️#PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 #F1 pic.twitter.com/mEJan9JuI1
Rounding out the top three are Hamilton and Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver pushing the pack once again after an intense quali session in Portimao. Hamilton and Verstappen split the first two races of the season, providing for early drama entering Round 3.
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Here’s how the drivers will line up on Saturday:
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 10 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the Portuguese GP will start at 3:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place around 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 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 customary 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.