After more drama at Istanbul Park, Formula 1 moves across the pond to the United States and The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the 2021 US Grand Prix, and with the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton growing ever tighter, make sure you know where to watch all the F1 action. 

Hamilton dropped to fifth in the final laps in Russia after starting from the back of the grid, and with Verstappen eventually finishing behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, the Dutchman retook the lead in the F1 Drivers’ Championship.

The 2020 US GP wasn’t held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in the 2019 race it was Bottas who took first place ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen

When does the US GP take place? 

There will be a settled Formula 1 weekend at the COTA for the 2021 US GP. Friday will play host to two one-hour practice sessions. Saturday will then see another 60 minute practice session, before qualifying later in the afternoon which will determine the starting grid. Sunday is then designated for the race as is standard in F1.

The full detailed schedule for the 2021 United States GP is as follows 

DateSessionUK Time (BST)US Time (ET)
Friday, October 22Practice 117:30-18:3012:30-13:30
Friday, October 22Practice 221:00-22:0016:00-17:00
Saturday, October 23Practice 319:00-20:0014:00-15:00
Saturday, October 23Qualifying22:00-23:0017:00-18:00
Sunday, October 24Race (56 Laps)20:00-22:0015:00-17:00

Where can you watch the US GP in the UK? 

In the UK, coverage of the 2021 United States GP will be provided by Sky Sports F1 with every single session being shown live as it happens from Istanbul Park in Turkey. For the race itself, you can join David Croft and Martin Brundle on commentary. 

Channel 4 will be showing highlights of both qualifying and the race coverage of Saturday’s qualifying being shown at 8:30am BST on Sunday morning and highlights of the race itself at 00:05pm BST on Monday. Lee McKenzie will present race highlights from Austin. You can also watch race highlights on Channel 4’s All 4 on streaming service.

You can also follow live radio coverage of the 2021 US Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live. Commentary from Jack Nicholls and ex-F1 driver Jolyon Palmer starts at 20:00 BST. 

Where can you watch the United States GP in the USA? 

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session from the 2021 US GP which is available to subscribers. You can watch both Friday’s practice sessions on ESPN2 as well as Saturday’s Practice 3. The Qualifying session will be shown on ESPNEWS, with the race on Sunday being broadcast on ABC

ESPN Deportes will also have Spanish language coverage of the 2021 US Grand Prix for viewers in the United States. 

Where can you watch the United States GP in Australia? 

In Australia, every session from the 2021 US Grand Prix will be shown though Fox Sports which is available via Foxtel. Highlights can be found on Channel 10 on Monday morning after the US GP. Every session will also be streamed live as it happens from COTA via Kayo Sports

DateSessionAus. Time (AEST)
Saturday, October 23Practice 103:30-04:30
Saturday, October 23Practice 207:00-08:00
Sunday, October 24Practice 305:30-06:30
Sunday, October 24Qualifying08:00-09:00
Monday, October 25Race (56 Laps)06:00-08:00

F1 Driver Standings ahead of the US GP?

After another eventful end to the race at Istanbul Park, Hamilton lost the lead in the F1 Drivers’ Standings to Verstappen after the Dutchman finished in second place. Will we see a new leader after the race in Austin?

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull351.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes343.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes203
4Sergio PerezRed Bull190
5Lando NorrisMcLaren153
6Charles LeclercFerrari152
7Carlos SainzFerrari145.5
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren105
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri92
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine77
11Esteban OconAlpine60
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin43
13Lance StrollAston Martin34
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri20
15George RussellWilliams16
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo10
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

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