What channel is Formula 1 broadcast on today? TV program, start time of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix
One word: Monaco.
The sparkle, glamor, speed and glory of Formula 1 are all packed into this week’s race in Monaco, and it’s been a long, long wait for F1 fans: the event was canceled in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, and it was the first time since 1954 that the race did not take place.
In the last Monaco GP race in 2019, Lewis Hamilton took home the checkered flag, his second career victory in Monte Carlo, and his first since 2016. This year, Hamilton is having the best start of his career, taking the Above is already in three of the four races this season and has won back-to-back wins in Portugal and Spain, posing a real threat for three in a row.
Although, as we know, Monaco always has its surprises, which makes this weekend’s race particularly intriguing: while Mercedes has dominated the track in recent years, Red Bull has had its success on the circuit, historically, making the Hamilton- Max Verstappen duel at the top of the table to watch.
Verstappen leads Hamilton by 14 points at the start, a deficit that can be wiped out with some quality runs and finishes. So far there have been fireworks in the F1 season – expect that to continue this Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know about this week’s F1 race:
What channel is the F1 race broadcasting on today?
- Race: Monaco Grand Prix
- Dated: Sunday 23 May
- TV channel: ESPN
- Direct: WatchESPN, fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using the Sky Sports stream, 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 today?
- Dated: Sunday 23 May
- Start time: 9 am ET
Sunday’s race start time at 9 a.m.ET means the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will start at 3 p.m. local time. The on-time departure time means that the lights will likely be extinguished just after 9 a.m. ESPN’s pre-race show usually airs within one hour of the start of the race.
Note: as in Monaco, there are two practice sessions on Thursday instead of Friday.
Below is the full TV schedule of the weekend’s F1 events at the Monaco Grand Prix. All hours are Eastern.
|Thursday, May 20||Practice 1||5:30 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Thursday, May 20||Practice 2||09h00||ESPNU|
|Saturday May 22||Practice 3||6:00 am||ESPN2|
|Saturday May 22||Qualification||09h00||ESPN2|
|Sunday 23 May||Race||09h00||ESPN2|
Live broadcast of Formula 1 for the Monaco 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
In all, there are 23 races scheduled in the 2021 F1 season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix the last race added, slipping on record the first week of March. The originally planned Vietnam Grand Prix was canceled after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is currently 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 US side on the ESPN family of networks, with the United States Grand Prix and the Mexico City Grand Prix both airing on ABC.
Note: On-time start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is typically five minutes before the start of the race. Times do not include the usual ESPN pre-race shows.
Here is the latest schedule:
|Dated||Race||Classes||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11:00||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna||Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit||9 hours||To be determined||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2nd||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Red Bull)|
|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||Grand Prix of France||Paul Ricard Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|June 27||Styrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||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|