Formula 1 qualifying results: Starting grid for 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton continues to make history.

The Mercedes driver took home the first checkered flag in the history of the Qatar GP, with a sparkling flying lap to keep Max Verstappen off of pole position as the two continue to fight for the 2021 driver’s championship.

With just three races left, the gap between Verstappen and Hamilton is just 14 points entering the Qatar GP. For Hamilton to stand a chance at his eighth world championship, he’ll need his Red Bull rival to miss at least one of the next three podiums. If not, “Super Max” will take home his first driver’s title.

Here’s how they’ll line up on the starting grid Sunday:

Formula 1 starting lineup for 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

Verstappen sits in second to start Sunday’s race, with his teammate Sergio Perez sitting in 11th place overall, a blow to the team.

What channel is the F1 race on Sunday?

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select late-season races heading to ABC.

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?

The 9 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix will start at 5 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 9 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace 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 Qatar Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Formula 1 live stream for Qatar 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 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 up in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11 but will likely not take place this season.

All races will be broadcast in the U.S. 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.

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 prerace shows.

Here’s the latest schedule:

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