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

Sunday's race might be the biggest test of Lewis Hamilton's 2021 F1 season.

It's lucky 7s for Hamilton: The seven-time world champ and seven-time British GP winner is looking for his fourth win on the season, looking to stop the march of the Red Bulls.

Last year, Hamilton won the British GP on just three tires, with Max Verstappen chasing him down in the closing laps of the race. Still, Hamilton won on a blown tire in a total spectacle of a race that put him on track and in the clear for his seventh world title. Now, Hamilton is looking up at Verstappen on the F1 table.

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Though it's still not even midway through the F1 season, that's an uncomfortable sight for Mercedes, which has had equal parts self-inflicted wounds and a second car to Red Bull in multiple races this year. Verstappen's dominant win over Hamilton at the Styrian GP means that a championship celebration this year isn't as a sure a thing for Merc.

Here's what you need to know about this weekend's F1 race:

What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race: British Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, July 18
  • 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, July 18
  • Start time: 10 a.m. ET

The 10 a.m. ET start time for Sunday's race means the 2021 British 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 10 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 British Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Date Event Time TV channel
Friday, July 16 Practice 1 9:30 a.m. ESPN2
Friday, July 16 Qualifying 2 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, July 17 Practice 2 7 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, July 17 Sprint qualifying 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, July 18 Race 10 a.m. ESPN

Formula 1 live stream for Austrian 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, 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.

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

Here's the latest schedule:

Date Race Course Start time TV channel Winner
March 28 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11 a.m. ESPN2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
April 18 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari 9 a.m. TBD Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 2 Portuguese Grand Prix Algarve International Circuit 10 a.m. ESPN Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 9 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 a.m. ESPN Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 23 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 9 a.m. ESPN2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 6 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit 8 a.m. ESPN Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 20 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 27 Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 4 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
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 Turkish Grand Prix Intercity Istanbul Park TBD TBD 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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