The 2023 F1 Qatar Grand Prix is slated for Sunday the 8th of October and fans in the United States can look forward to coverage on ESPN’s main channel. The race is scheduled for a US-friendly kickoff time of 12.55pm ET, being hosted at Losail.
Intriguingly, the format for this particular weekend entails a sprint, with the qualifiers taking to the track on Friday after a single practice session. A ‘sprint shootout’ qualifying session will take place on Saturday, followed by the sprint event.
Recalling the last F1 Qatar Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton took the champion’s title. Hamilton, representing Mercedes, raced to victory in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix in 2021, outperforming his Red Bull rival, Max Verstappen. The 2022 edition of this race was unfortunately cancelled due to the football World Cup. Notably, in the 2021 race, Fernando Alonso representing Alpine ended his long-running F1 podium drought since 2014 by securing third place.
American F1 fans can catch all the adrenaline-filled races on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, with the races also being available on live stream and on-demand on ESPN’s digital platform. Enthusiasts need to stay connected so they don’t miss any critical races, practice and qualifying sessions that will be aired across these channels over the season.
The TV schedule for the F1 Qatar GP on ESPN is as follows. On Friday, the 6th of October, Practice 1 is at 9:25am ET and Qualifying is at 12.55pm ET on ESPN2. Then join Ted’s Qualifying Notebook on ESPN3 at 3:00pm ET.
Moving onto Saturday, the 7th of October, tune into the Sprint Shootout at 8:55am ET and the Sprint Race at 1:25pm ET, both aired on ESPN2. Afterwards, you can catch Ted’s Sprint Notebook on ESPN3 at 3:00pm ET.
On race day, Sunday the 8th of October, you can build up the excitement with Grand Prix Sunday at 11:30am ET on ESPN2. This is followed by the main race at 12:55pm ET on ESPN. For the post-race analysis, don’t miss Checkered Flag at 3:00pm ET and Ted’s Notebook at 4:00pm ET, both on ESPN3, with the Race Replay set for 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.
American viewers can stream the race live on F1 TV or on ESPN’s digital platform with a subscription. All sessions will be available on demand on the ESPN app.
In case you’re wondering where you can keep up with the entire 2023 F1 season on TV, we’ve got the full list of race dates, start times, and the channels they are airing on. Look forward to all the F1 action from March with the Bahrain GP to the season finale in the Abu Dhabi GP in November, all on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.