The first qualifying session of the 2021 season was a doozy.
A few laps, a few spacing issues and a lot of speed factored into the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen continuing his rise into the F1 elite, taking pole on Saturday.
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been barred from a front row lockout, much to the delight of F1 fans everywhere – although Mercedes’ cries of dominance have come a little more than premature.
Formula 1 starting for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won first pole of the 2021 F1 season, edging out Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Surprisingly enough, Ferrari also got off to a good start, with Charles Leclerc in the top five and new driver Carlos Sainz in the eighth.
Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel had a series of bad luck in qualifying, with two yellow flags slowing his run, eventually finishing 18th for the new Aston Martin team. Here is the starting grid for Sunday’s race:
|1.||Max Verstappen, Red Bull|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes|
|4.||Charles Leclerc, Ferrari|
|5.||Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren|
|7.||Lando Norris, McLaren|
|8.||Carlos Sainz, Ferrari|
|9.||Fernando Alonso, alpine|
|ten.||Lance Promenade, Aston Martin|
|11.||Sergio Perez, Red Bull|
|12.||Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo|
|13.||Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri|
|14.||Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo|
|15.||George Russell, Williams|
|16.||Esteban Ocon, alpine|
|17.||Nicholas Latifi, Williams|
|18.||Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin|
|19.||Mick Schumacher, Haas|
|20.||Nikita Mazepin, Haas|
Which channel is the F1 race on Sunday?
- Race: Bahrain Grand Prix
- Dated: Sunday March 28, 2021
- TV channel: ESPN2
- Direct: WatchESPN, fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all F1 2020 races in the United States using the 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 F1 2021 races in the United States.
What time does the F1 race start on Sunday?
- Dated: Sunday March 28
- Start time: 11:00
Sunday’s race start time of 11:00 a.m.ET means the Bahrain Grand Prix kicks off at 7:00 p.m. local time. The on-time start time means that the lights will likely be extinguished at 11:10 am ESPN’s pre-race show is usually broadcast within an hour of the start of the race.
Below is the full TV schedule of the weekend’s F1 events at the Sakhir Grand Prix. All hours are Eastern.
|Friday March 26||Practice 1||7:30||ESPNU|
|Friday March 26||Practice 2||11:00||ESPNU|
|Saturday March 27||Practice 3||8:00 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday March 27||Qualification||11:00||ESPN2|
|Sunday March 28||Race||11:00||ESPN2|
Live broadcast of Formula 1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four main OTT TV streaming options that offer ESPN: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each of them.
For those with a cable or satellite subscription but 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 calendar 2021
Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23 racing schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28 and ending with the Costomaire Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 12.
The Portuguese Grand Prix returns for its second consecutive race after an absence of 22 years. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is also making its debut this year at the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.
All Eastern hours.
|Dated||Race||Classes||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11:00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|April 18||Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna||Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit||9 hours||To be determined||To be determined|
|May 2nd||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||To be determined|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|23 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Tour||8 h||ESPN||To be determined|
|June 13||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||14 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|June 27||Grand Prix of France||Paul Ricard Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|4th July||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||To be determined|
|August 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 12||Italian Grand Prix||Monza National Circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|
|October 3||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|
|October 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Running Course||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN2||To be determined|
|24 october||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|October 31||Mexico Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|November 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodrome Jose Carlos Pace||Midday||ESPN2||To be determined|
|21 November||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN News||To be determined|
|Dec 5||Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 o’clock in the evening||ESPN2||To be determined|
|12 dec.||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|