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What channel is Formula 1 on today? TV schedule, start time for 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

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What channel is Formula 1 on today? TV schedule, start time for 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

New year, new grid, same speed.

The Formula 1 season gets underway officially with the Bahrain Grand Prix this Sunday, and the 2021 slate is a fairly comprehensive 23 races, the longest season in F1 history.

Lucky 7s were in the cards last season: Mercedes won its seventh-consecutive constructors championship, while Lewis Hamilton won his seventh world championship, surpassing Michael Schumacher for most wins in Formula 1 history in the process. This year, there’s also a fairly new grid, with eight drivers making their debut for new teams this season.

Here’s what you need to know about the first race of the 2021 F1 season:

MORE: Watch Formula 1 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race: Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
  • TV channel: ESPN2
  • Live stream: WatchESPN, fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2020 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?

  • Date: Sunday, March 28
  • Start time: 11 a.m.

The 11 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the Bahrain Grand Prix will start at 7:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place at 11:05 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 Sakhir Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Date Event Time TV channel
Friday, March 26 Practice 1 7:30 a.m. ESPNU
Friday, March 26 Practice 2 11:00 a.m. ESPNU
Saturday, March 27 Practice 3 8:00 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, March 27 Qualifying 11:00 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, March 28 Race 11:00 a.m. ESPN2

Formula 1 live stream for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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.

Below are links to each.

  • fuboTV  (free trial)
  • Sling
  • Hulu  (free trial)
  • YouTubeTV  (free trial)
  • AT&T Now

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

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.

Date Race Course Start time TV channel Winner
March 28 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
April 18 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari 9 a.m. TBD TBD
May 2 Portuguese Grand Prix Algarve International Circuit 10 a.m. ESPN TBD
May 9 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
May 23 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 9 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
June 6 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit 8 a.m. ESPN TBD
June 13 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 2 p.m. ESPN2 TBD
June 27 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
July 4 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
July 18 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 10 a.m. ESPN TBD
Aug. 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
Aug. 29 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 9 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
Sept. 5 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort 9 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
Sept. 12 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 9 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
Sept. 26 Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom 8 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
Oct. 3 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit 8 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
Oct. 10 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course 1 a.m. ESPN2 TBD
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

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