How to watch the 2021 Brazilian GP: start time and TV channels


When is the Formula 1 on? All your live stream, TV and highlight timings for the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix


Where and when you can watch the Brazilian GP

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Another race that fell to Covid last season but is back with a bang, the Brazilian Grand Prix returns and will stage the final sprint qualifying race of the year as the title showdown reaches its final stretch.

Interlagos hosted a chaotic race in 2019 that was won by Max Verstappen as Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly secured their maiden F1 podiums after plenty of action.

This year could be more of the same with the title in the balance. Neither of the contenders will give an inch but it’s Lewis Hamilton that needs to go on the offensive. The Mercedes driver is now 19 points adrift of his rival but can’t afford to have any more mishaps this season.

Mexico turned out to suit Red Bull just fine after a surprise Merc front row in qualifying, but the sprint this weekend adds an extra dimension to an already tightly-contested championship between the teams, down to just a single point in favour of the reigning champions.

Here are all the times for highlights and live sessions for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.


When does the race start?

Saturday’s sprint race starts at 19:30 and is scheduled to last 30 minutes. The main race on Sunday will begin at 17:00 and is scheduled for 71 laps. Here is when you’ll want to be in front of a TV or mobile device to catch the action live or watch the highlights.


Live: Friday, 18:55 via Sky Sports F1/NowTV

Sprint Qualifying

Live: Saturday, 19:25 via Sky Sports F1/NowTV

Highlights: Saturday, 11:30 via Channel 4


Live: Sunday, 16:55 via Sky Sports F1/NowTV

Highlights: Sunday, 11:00 via Channel 4


How many laps is the Brazilian Grand Prix?

The 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, November 14 and will be 71 laps of the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

There will also be a sprint race on Saturday that decides the grid which will be 24 laps, the most in terms of lap count of the three events this season.


Where to watch

If you’re wanting to watch live, Sky Sports F1 will show each session this weekend as they happen and have coverage both before and after each session. The sprint and main race is also available on Sky Sports Main Event on Saturday and Sunday respectively though will not feature the same build-up as on the F1 channel.

Highlights will be on the same day as the sprint and races respectively but after 11pm on Channel 4.

(All times GMT)

Sky Sports F1 – Live

Friday: FP1 – 15:00 | Qualifying – 18:00

Saturday: FP2 – 14:45 | Sprint: 18:30

Sunday: Race – 15:30

Channel 4 – Highlights

Saturday: Sprint – 11:30

Sunday: Race – 11:00


How to stream

As usual, the online streaming go-to is NowTV to watch each session from this weekend live. There is pre and post-race coverage of the qualifying, sprint and race sessions this weekend and practice will be streamed live on Friday and Saturday too.

You can also access highlights live on Channel 4’s All4 app and online player. The show will be available to watch on demand after.


Who will win?

As the top three pulled up on the grid following last Saturday’s qualifying, there was just one solitary Red Bull and it was surprisingly in front of the P3 board. That shock was a long-distant memory the day after as Verstappen crushed the competition to take his 10th win of the season.

So where does that leave the competitive order heading into the Brazilian GP?

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Mercedes’ straight-line speed advantage was still evident in Mexico. The squatting of the rear suspension most apparent during the Turkish GP weekend enabled the Mercs to steal a march over the lap from Red Bull but its weaknesses in the middle and final sectors were punished.

Had Verstappen not come across Yuki Tsunoda and Sergio Perez on his flying effort, he might have made the difference in the final part of the lap.

Interlagos is also a peculiar race with the track at altitude though not quite as dramatic as Mexico City. That difference might allow Mercedes back into the picture with its power unit not suffering quite the same as it did a week ago.

Red Bull has always gone well in Brazil with the current generation of cars and the twisty second sector of Interlagos will certainly suit the RB16B over the W12.

Verstappen has all the momentum and Hamilton is the one with it all to lose in his attempts to catch up. It’ll be fine margins that separate the two once again but it might be too little too late for the reigning champion to start a comeback.


2021 Brazilian Grand Prix session times

(All times GMT)


Free Practice 1: 15:30 – 16:30

Qualifying: 19:00 – 20:00


Free Practice 2: 15:00 – 16:00

Sprint: 19:30 – 20:00


Race: 17:00 – 19:00