As part of the sprint weekend format, qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix will undergo a significant change. It will now take place on Friday after just a single practice session. This alteration means that the grid for the sprint race, which is held on Saturday, will be determined through a separate qualifying shootout. Unlike in previous years, the results of the sprint race will have no impact on the Grand Prix itself. Instead, drivers will line up for the main race based on their fastest times from Friday’s qualifying session.
Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm local time (+1 GMT) at the Red Bull Ring. This will be an important session for drivers as it will determine their starting positions for the sprint race.
For viewers around the world, Formula 1 is broadcasted live in nearly every country. Various broadcasters are responsible for airing the races in different regions. In Europe, countries like Austria, Belgium, and Germany will have coverage on channels such as Servus TV, RTBF, and Sky. In the Americas, the races can be watched on ESPN in the United States and RDS in Canada. In Asia, viewers can tune in to channels like Fuji TV in Japan and CCTV in China. For Oceania, Australia has coverage on Fox Sports and New Zealand on Sky.
For those in selected countries who prefer to stream the races, F1 TV offers a subscription service that allows viewers to watch the races on their preferred devices. Additionally, some local broadcasters, including Sky TV (UK) and Movistar (Spain), provide their own on-demand streaming services.
Throughout the weekend, motorsport.com will provide live updates from the Red Bull Ring, including live commentary during qualifying. This ensures that fans around the world can stay up-to-date with the latest developments and enjoy the excitement of the Austrian Grand Prix.