Payback is a Mother … Russia.

The 2021 Italian Grand Prix was one of the most entertaining races of the 2021 F1 season, and, per usual, it was because of drama between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen’s frightening collision with Hamilton knocked both drivers out of the race, and it’s going to knock the Red Bull racer down three grid spots after FIA imposed a penalty, saying the driver’s championship leader was at fault for the crash. Certainly, the wreck wasn’t a matter of Verstappen revenge from the Silverstone incident, but hard-nosed racing between two of the field’s best.

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Thankfully, Hamilton and Verstappen are both all smiles entering this weekend’s race, and that’s fitting, considering the man with the most infectious grin on the grid won the Italian GP: Daniel Ricciardo picked up the pace and earned his first top-step finish in over three years.

Now, Ricciardo, Lando Norris and McLaren hope to keep their momentum rolling as the team continues to fight for positioning in the constructor’s championship entering Round 15 of the 2021 F1 season.

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

What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race:  Russian Grand Prix
  • Date:  Sunday, Sept. 26
  • 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 today?

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 26
  • Start time: 8 a.m. ET

The 8 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Russian 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 8 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 Russian Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

DateEventTimeTV channel
Friday, Sept. 24Practice 14:30 a.m.ESPN2
Friday, Sept. 24Practice 28 a.m.ESPNU
Saturday, Sept. 25Practice 35 a.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Sept. 25Qualifying8 a.m.ESPN2
Sunday, Sept. 16Race8 a.m.ESPN2

Formula 1 live stream for Russian Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, fuboTV 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.

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Here’s the latest schedule:

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.TBDMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 2Portuguese Grand PrixAlgarve International Circuit10 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 9Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya9 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 23Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 6Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit8 a.m.ESPNSergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 20French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 27Styrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 4Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 18British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit10 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Aug. 1Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring9 a.m.ESPNEsteban Ocon (Alpine)
Aug. 29Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 5Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 12Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale di Monza9 a.m.ESPN2Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Sept. 26Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom8 a.m.ESPN2TBD
Oct. 3Turkish Grand PrixIntercity Istanbul ParkTBDTBDTBD
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





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