Formula 1 Season Launches This Weekend on ESPN Networks

After a delayed and abbreviated season in 2020, the FIA Formula One World Championship will return to a full, worldwide schedule this season and for the fourth consecutive year, fans in the United States will be able to watch all of the action on ESPN Networks and the ESPN App.

Racing begins this weekend with the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 28, from the Bahrain International Circuit. The race will air live on ESPN2 at 10:55 a.m. ET, following the 90-minute Grand Prix Sunday pre-race show that begins at 9:30 a.m. Formula 1 Weekend Preview (formerly Welcome to the Weekend) kicks off coverage on Thursday at 1 p.m.

All 23 races in the championship will air live on ESPN Networks, including two races airing on ABC and nine on ESPN, the most races on ESPN for a full season since Formula 1 returned to the network in 2018. Each race weekend also will feature live telecasts of all three practice sessions, qualifying and pre-race programs.

ESPN will once again air the excellent Sky Sports broadcast feed. All races will again air commercial free

New this year will be the addition of the Checkered Flag program that will be available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App after every race, featuring additional interviews, highlights and analysis.

ESPN Deportes remains the exclusive Spanish-language home for all Formula 1 races in the U.S. Spanish-language coverage of Formula 1 races, qualifying and practice sessions will be made available to fans on the ESPN Deportes television network and ESPN3 all season.

For the fourth consecutive year, the race telecasts will be presented commercial-free with sponsorship from Mothers Polish, which also is the presenting sponsor of practice and qualifying telecasts. CrowdStrike has joined ESPN’s Formula 1 coverage this year as telecast presenter of Grand Prix Sunday.

As it has since Formula 1 returned in 2018, ESPN is again teaming with Sky Sports and Formula 1 to bring Sky Sports’ award-winning presentation of Formula 1 racing to American viewers.

Formula 1 returned to its original U.S. television home in 2018 – the first race ever aired in the country was on ABC in 1962. F1 races also aired on ESPN from 1984-1997.

Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Television Schedule

Date Time (ET) Program Network
Thurs., March 25 1 p.m. Formula 1 Weekend Preview ESPN3
Friday, March 26 7:25 a.m. Practice 1 ESPNU, ESPN Deportes
10:55 a.m. Practice 2 ESPNU, ESPN Deportes
Sat., March 27 7:55 a.m. Practice 3 ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
10:55 a.m. Qualifying ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sunday, March 28 9:30 a.m. Grand Prix Sunday ESPN2
10:30 a.m. Race ESPN Deportes
10:55 a.m. Race ESPN2
1 p.m. Checkered Flag ESPN3
5 p.m. Race (Re-Air) ESPNEWS
Monday, March 29 Midnight Race (Re-Air) ESPNEWS
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