The sprint before the sprint, with a twist.
It’s the second time that Formula 1 has taken a foray into the world of sprint qualifying, and it’s the first time that Valtteri Bottas took home a sprint qualifying flag. Kind of.
In the same week when Bottas was announced to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season, the Finn driver won the sprint qualifying, but an engine penalty will force him to start Sunday’s Italian GP at the rear of the field. Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s race from pole position.
Behind Verstappen will be McLaren drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, who held off Lewis Hamilton to enter Sunday’s race third.
Bottas aside, qualifying wasn’t without drama. Hamilton, who started in second, quickly fell behind at the start of the sprint, finishing fourth. Pierre Gasly, last year’s winner in Monza, crashed out entering the first chicane of the sprint.
Here’s how they’ll line up this Sunday in Italy:
Formula 1 starting lineup for 2021 Italian Grand Prix
Saturday’s sprint grid was lined up with qualifying on Friday. Here’s how they lined up entering Saturday’s sprint qualifying:
Though Bottas took home the checkered flag for the sprint, he’ll start last on the grid for Sunday’s race after incurring an engine penalty.
And here’s how they’ll line up for Sunday’s race:
|1.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|2.||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|3.||Lando Norris (McLaren)|
|4.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|5.||Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)|
|6.||Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)|
|7.||Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)|
|8||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|9||Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)|
|10.||Fernando Alonso (Alpine)|
|11.||Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)|
|12.||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|13.||Nicholas Latifi (Williams)|
|14.||George Russell (Williams)|
|15.||Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)|
|16.||Nikita Mazepin (Haas)|
|17.||Robert Kubica (Haas)|
|18.||Mick Schumacher (Alfa Romeo)|
|DNQ||Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)|
|20.||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
What channel is the F1 race on Sunday?
- Race: Italian Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
- 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 on Sunday?
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
The 9 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Italian GP will start at 3 p.m. local time. The on-the-hour start time means lights out will likely take place just after 9 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 Italian GP.
|Date||Event||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Friday, Sept. 10||Practice 1||8:30 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Friday, Sept. 10||Qualifying||Noon||ESPN|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||Practice 2||6 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||Sprint qualifying||10:30 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, Sept. 12||Race||9 a.m.||ESPN2|
Formula 1 live stream for Italian 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||TBD|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 3||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul City Circuit||TBD||ESPN2||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|