It’s a front-row lockout for Mercedes — with a catch.
Lewis Hamilton went fastest overall in qualifying on Saturday, but because of a power-unit switch, he will drop back to 11th. Teammate Valtteri Bottas will start on pole in Saturday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Bottas will have his hands full with Max Verstappen starting alongside him on the front row, as the Red Bull driver looks to close and overtake the Mercedes driver on the track — and the other Mercedes driver on the driver’s championship table.
Entering Saturday, just two points separate Verstappen and Hamilton in the world championship race, with Hamilton holding the thin, thin margin over Verstappen. We could see another change in Turkey.
Here’s how they’ll line up this Sunday:
Formula 1 starting lineup for 2021 Russian Grand Prix
Starting from the back of the grid will be Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who was assessed a penalty for a power unit change heading into the weekend.
|1.||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|2.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|3.||Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)|
|4.||Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)|
|5.||Fernando Alonso (Alpine)|
|6.||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|7.||Lando Norris (McLaren)|
|8||Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)|
|9||Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)|
|10.||Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)|
|11.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|12.||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|13.||George Russell (Williams)|
|14.||Mick Schumacher (Haas)|
|15.||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|16.||Nicholas Latifi (Williams)|
|17.||Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)|
|18.||Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)|
|19.||Nikita Mazepin (Haas)|
|20.||Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)|
What channel is the F1 race on Sunday?
- Race: Turkish Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 10
- TV channel: ESPN2
- 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 on Sunday?
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 10
- Start time: 8 a.m. ET
The 8 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Turkish GP 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. ET. 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 Turkish GP.
|Date||Event||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Friday, Oct. 8||Practice 1||4:30 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Friday, Oct. 8||Practice 2||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||Practice 3||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||Qualifying||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, Oct. 10||Race||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
Formula 1 live stream for Russian 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
Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23-race schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28 and concluding with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12.
The Canadian GP was canned as the country continues to wrangle with coronavirus issues, and F1 added the Styrian GP in its stead. The French GP moves up a week to June 20.
The race originally scheduled for Oct. 3 in Singapore was also axed with the Turkish GP rejoining the schedule for the same date. That race takes place at Istanbul City Circuit.
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, which is scheduled for December.
|Date||Race||Course||Start time (ET)||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.||ESPN2||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||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul City Circuit||8 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|