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What are the TV times for Formula One's United States Grand Prix?

Jake Nichol October 18, 2021
F1 Grand Prix of USA
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Formula One heads to Texas this weekend for the United States Grand Prix – but what is the start time for the first F1 race in the US since 2019?

United States Grand Prix returns after year absence

Always a popular stop on the calendar, F1 heads to the Lone Star state for the return of the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.

After being cancelled in 2020, the race returns for the ninth time to the purpose built Austin track.

In the drivers’ championship, Max Verstappen regained the lead in Turkey with a second place finish.

He leads Lewis Hamilton by six points after Hamilton’s fifth-place finish after a late pitstop.

Including Austin, there are just six races left, with 156 points left up for grabs as the title race enters the final run-in.

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Hamilton has five wins in Austin and six in America in total – thanks to one at Indianapolis in 2007.

Verstappen has yet to win on American soil, but did take a podium in 2018.

Valtteri Bottas is the defending race winner, having won in 2019.

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F1 US start time confirmed

Owing to the time zones involved, the on-track action will be taking place considerably later than normal for those in Europe.

There will be no sprint qualifying, with the traditional three practice sessions leading into qualifying and the race.

All times UK BST.

For Eastern Time (ET), subtract five hours from session times.

For Central Standard Time (CST), subtract six hours from session times.

F1 TV Times for United States Grand Prix

  • First practice – Friday 22nd October – 17:30pm – 18:30pm
  • Second practice – Friday 22nd October – 21:00pm – 22:00pm
  • Third practice – Saturday 23rd October – 19:00pm – 20:00pm
  • Qualifying – Saturday 23rd October – 22:00pm – 23:00pm
  • Race – Sunday 24th October – 20:00pm – 56 laps

In the UK, all on-track action will be covered live and in full by pay TV channel Sky Sports F1.

Free-to-air highlights will be broadcast on Channel 4.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.