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

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

Ah, Imola.

After a three-week early season hiatus, Formula 1 returns this weekend with the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the second running of the race after the circuit was reintroduced in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. And we should be in for some fireworks.

A highly entertaining debut race at Bahrain featured an end-lap duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, with Hamilton just holding off Verstappen to take the checkered flag in the debut race of the season.

Hamilton’s win wasn’t without controversy, though: Verstappen passed Hamilton by exceeding track limits in the closing laps, with the Red Bull driver being forced to give up the spot to Hamilton by race control. Verstappen wasn’t pleased, but an advantage was gained. Rules are rules.

F1 drivers shift into gear in Italy this weekend as Hamilton looks to go back-to-back to start the season — and at the track.

Here’s what you need to know about the second race of the 2021 F1 season:

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What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
  • TV channel: ESPN2
  • Live stream: WatchESPN, fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2020 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, April 18
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The 9 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will start at 3:00 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place at 9:05 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 Sakhir Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

DateEventTimeTV channel
Friday, April 16Practice 15:00 a.m.ESPNU
Friday, April 16Practice 28:30 a.m.ESPNU
Saturday, April 17Practice 35:00 a.m.ESPN2
Saturday, April 17Qualifying8:00 a.m.ESPN2
Sunday, April 18Race9:00 a.m.ESPN2

Formula 1 live stream for Emilia Romagna 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 costomary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12. 

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 taking pace on the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.

All times Eastern.

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.TBDTBD
May 2Portuguese Grand PrixAlgarve International Circuit10 a.m.ESPNTBD
May 9Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya9 a.m.ESPNTBD
May 23Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco9 a.m.ESPN2TBD
June 6Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit8 a.m.ESPNTBD
June 13Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve2 p.m.ESPN2TBD
June 27French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard9 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. 3Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit8 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