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

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

This weekend is about the race, more than a race.

While Circuit Paul Ricard isn’t the most attractive or exciting track, the most exciting race will be the one for the top of the table in the driver’s championship this year.

Currently, Max Verstappen (107 points) leads Lewis Hamilton (104 points) as the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers duel for racer supremacy entering Round 7 of the 2021 F1 season.

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

An incredibly entertaining Azerbaijan GP resulted in Verstappen crashing out (thanks to poor tires), leaving the door wide open for Hamilton to take charge. Hamilton, though, would lock up due to driver error on the restart of the race — on the last lap — leading to Sergio Perez taking control of the race and Red Bull taking hold of the constructor’s title.

There’s lots on the line entering the first race of a triple-header.

Here’s what you need to know about this week’s F1 race:

What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race: French Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, June 20
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: WatchESPN, fuboTV

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?

  • Date: Sunday, June 20
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The 9 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 French Grand Prix will start at 3:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place just after 9 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 French Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

DateEventTimeTV channel
Friday, June 18Practice 15:30 a.m.ESPN2
Friday, June 18Practice 29:00 a.m.ESPNU
Saturday, June 19Practice 36:00 a.m.ESPN2
Saturday, June 19Qualifying9:00 a.m.ESPN2
Sunday, June 20Race9:00 a.m.ESPNee

Formula 1 live stream for Monaco 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.

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, but FIA plans to replace it.

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.

MORE: Live stream F1 races all season on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Here’s the latest schedule:

DateRaceCourseStart timeTV channelWinner
March 28Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit11 a.m.ESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
April 18Emilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari9 a.m.TBDMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 2Portuguese Grand PrixAlgarve International Circuit10 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 9Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya9 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 23Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 6Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit8 a.m.ESPNSergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 20French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard9 a.m.ESPNTBD
June 27Styrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNTBD
July 4Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNTBD
July 18British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit10 a.m.ESPNTBD
Aug. 1Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring9 a.m.ESPNTBD
Aug. 29Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps9 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Sept. 5Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort9 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Sept. 12Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale di Monza9 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Sept. 26Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom8 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Oct. 10Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka International Racing Course1 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Oct. 24United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas3 p.m.ABCTBD
Oct. 31Mexico City Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez3 p.m.ABCTBD
Nov. 7Brazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Jose Carlos PaceNoonESPN2TBD
Nov. 21Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park Circuit1 a.m.ESPN NewsTBD
Dec. 5Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Street Circuit11 p.m.ESPN2TBD
Dec. 12Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit8 a.m.ESPN2TBD

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