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2021 Turkish Grand Prix: F1 session timings and how to watch race on TV

Jake Nichol October 4, 2021
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Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Formula One returns this weekend with the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park. Here’s all the important information ahead of the race.

Hamilton and Verstappen separated by two points ahead of Turkish GP

Last time out in Russia, Lewis Hamilton took a historic 100th grand prix victory in dry/wet conditions.

The Mercedes driver was aided by the arrival of late rain as leader Lando Norris elected not to pit for intermediate tyres.

Whilst Hamilton took his 100th win, he also regained the lead of the drivers’ championship from Max Verstappen.

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The Briton now leads the standings by just two points from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Verstappen rallied from 20th on the grid to seventh before the rain hit.

A good call to switch to inters brought Verstappen up to second, meaning he only lost seven points to Hamilton.

The Turkish Grand Prix is the 16th round of the season, with seven races remaining – including Sunday’s grand prix at Istanbul Park.

It is the second consecutive year F1 has held the Turkish Grand Prix.

In 2020, the race returned to the calendar for the first time since 2011, as F1 tried to get as many races in as possible due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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F1 session times for Turkish Grand Prix

The race weekend will be a traditional three-day format with the usual three practice sessions.

There will not be sprint qualifying.

The on-track action will last from Friday, 8th October to Sunday, 10th October.

There will 58 laps of the 3.3-mile 14 turn circuit.

  • First practice – Friday, 8th October – 09:30am – 10:30am
  • Second practice – Friday, 8th October – 13:00pm – 14:00pm
  • Third practice – Saturday, 9th October – 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Qualifying – Saturday, 9th October – 13:00pm – 14:00pm
  • Race – Sunday, 10th October – 58 laps – 13:00pm

All times UK.

Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

How to watch the Turkish GP on TV

Sky Sports F1 will be broadcasting live from the Istanbul Park circuit throughout the weekend, with coverage of every session.

For those in the UK who do not subscribe to Sky Sports, Channel 4 will broadcast a highlights package of qualifying and the race, respectively.

They will be shown at 18:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Turkish Grand Prix weather forecast

The current weather forecast for the Turkish Grand Prix is for mixed weather.

Friday is predicted to be cloudy, but dry with temperatures around the 20 degree mark.

There is a possibility of rain for both Saturday and Sunday.

For qualifying on Saturday, the chance of rain is over 50%.

This falls to around 40% for Sunday’s grand prix.

The rain is predicted to be heaviest in the mornings, before easing around the planned start times.

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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, Motorsport.com 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.