Oh, say, can you speed?
For the first time since 2019, Formula 1 is back stateside, with drivers shifting into gear from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, live on ABC.
Local fans are in for a treat: Just six points separate Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at the top of the driver’s championship table after a highly entertaining Turkish Grand Prix that saw Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas take home the checkered flag.
Now, with Hamilton and Verstappen battling for top-of-table supremacy, the field travels to the United States, where Hamilton has won six times in years prior.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Round 17 could be the biggest race of the 2021 season.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s F1 race:
What channel is the F1 race on today?
- Race: United States Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
- TV channel: ABC
- Live stream: fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with selected races heading to ABC later in the season.
ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2021 F1 races in the U.S.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
- Start time: 3 p.m. ET
The 3 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 United States Grand Prix will start at 2 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 3 p.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show usually airs in the hour before the start of the race.
Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the United States Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.
|Friday, Oct. 22||Practice 1||12:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Friday, Oct. 22||Practice 2||4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||Practice 3||2 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||Qualifying||5 p.m.||ESPNews|
|Sunday, Oct. 24||Race||3 p.m.||ABC|
Formula 1 live stream for United States Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, fuboTV 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 schedule 2021
In all, there are 23 scheduled races in the 2021 F1 season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix sliding onto the docket the first week in March. The originally scheduled Vietnam Grand Prix was removed after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is up in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11 but will likely not take place this season.
All races will be broadcast in the U.S. on the ESPN family of networks, with the United States Grand Prix and Mexico City Grand Prix both airing on ABC. The Singapore Grand Prix was also removed from the schedule, with the Turkish Grand Prix returning to the schedule in its stead.
Please note: The on-the-hour start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is typically five minutes before the start of the race. Times do not include ESPN’s customary prerace shows.
Here’s the latest schedule:
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||9 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 27||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Oct. 10||Turkish Grand Prix||Intercity Istanbul Park||8 a.m.||ESPN2||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|Oct. 24||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Oct. 31||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Nov. 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||Noon||ESPN2||TBD|
|Nov. 21||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1 a.m.||ESPN News||TBD|
|Dec. 5||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 p.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Dec. 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|