Payback is a Mother … Russia.
The 2021 Italian Grand Prix was one of the most entertaining races of the 2021 F1 season, and, per usual, it was because of drama between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen’s frightening collision with Hamilton knocked both drivers out of the race, and it’s going to knock the Red Bull racer down three grid spots after FIA imposed a penalty, saying the driver’s championship leader was at fault for the crash. Certainly, the wreck wasn’t a matter of Verstappen revenge from the Silverstone incident, but hard-nosed racing between two of the field’s best.
Thankfully, Hamilton and Verstappen are both all smiles entering this weekend’s race, and that’s fitting, considering the man with the most infectious grin on the grid won the Italian GP: Daniel Ricciardo picked up the pace and earned his first top-step finish in over three years.
Now, Ricciardo, Lando Norris and McLaren hope to keep their momentum rolling as the team continues to fight for positioning in the constructor’s championship entering Round 15 of the 2021 F1 season.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s F1 race:
What channel is the F1 race on today?
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.
What time does the F1 race start today?
The 8 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Russian Grand Prix will start at 3 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place just after 8 a.m. ESPN’s pre-race 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 Russian Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.
Formula 1 live stream for Russian 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 the last race added, 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 currently up in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11, but will likely not take place this season.
All races will be broadcast on the U.S. side 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 on Oct. 3.
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 pre-race shows.
Here’s the latest schedule:
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