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French Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Formula 1 travels to Paul Ricard this weekend for the French Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch Saturday's all-important qualifying session.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, and Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Red Bull driver and championship leader Max Verstappen topped the times in Friday practice, leading the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by just 0.008s, as Fernando Alonso finished a promising fourth behind Lewis Hamilton on Alpine's home turf.

Charles Leclerc made it four different manufacturers in the top five.

What time does qualifying for the French Grand Prix start?

Qualifying will begin at Paul Ricard at 15:00 local time (+2 GMT). The three-part session will last approximately one hour.

  • Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 
  • Start time: 13:00 GMT / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST / 15:00 SAT / 16:00 EAT / 09:00 ET / 06:00 PT / 23:00 AEST / 22:00 JST / 18:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

2021 Formula 1 French Grand Prix session timings in different timezones

Session

GMT

BST

CEST

ET

PT

AEST

JST

IST

FP1

09:30

10:30

11:30

05:30

02:30

19:30

18:30

15:00

FP2

13:00

14:00

15:00

09:00

06:00

23:00

22:00

18:30

FP3

10:00

11:00

12:00

06:00

03:00

20:00

19:00

15:30

Qualifying

13:00

14:00

15:00

09:00

06:00

23:00

22:00

18:30

Race 

13:00

14:00

15:00

09:00

06:00

23:00

22:00

18:30

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe

  • Austria - Servus TV / ORF
  • Belgium - RTBF
  • Denmark - TV3 / TV3 Sport / Viasat
  • Finland - MTV
  • France - Canal+
  • Germany - Sky
  • Hungary - M4
  • Italy - Sky
  • Netherlands - Ziggo
  • Poland - Eleven Sports
  • Portugal - Eleven Sports
  • Spain - Movistar / DAZN
  • Sweden - Viasat
  • Switzerland - SRF / RSI / RTS
  • UK - Sky Sports F1

Americas

  • USA - ESPN
  • Canada - RDS / TSN / Discovery Velocity
  • Latin America - Fox Sports / ESPN

Asia

  • China - CCTV / Tencent / Guangdong TV
  • India - Star Sports
  • Japan - Fuji Television
  • Russia - Match TV
  • Turkey - S Sport
  • Rest of Asia - Fox Sports

Oceania

  • Australia - Fox Sports / Network 10
  • New Zealand - Spark Sports

Africa

  • Africa - SuperSport

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. Some local broadcasters such as Sky TV (UK), Movistar (Spain), Disney+ Hotstar (India) also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will bring the latest updates from Paul Ricard throughout the weekend, including live commentary during qualifying on Saturday.

FP1 results:

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'33.448  
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'33.783 0.335
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'33.880 0.432
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'34.193 0.745
5 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'34.329 0.881
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'34.644 1.196
7 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'34.693 1.245
8 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'34.699 1.251
9 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'34.707 1.259
10 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'34.847 1.399
11 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'34.950 1.502
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'35.116 1.668
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'35.135 1.687
14 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'35.275 1.827
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'35.289 1.841
16 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'35.342 1.894
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'35.612 2.164
18 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'36.651 3.203
19 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'37.329 3.881
20 Israel Roy Nissany Williams 1'37.881 4.433

FP2 results:

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'32.872  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'32.880 0.008
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'33.125 0.253
4 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'33.340 0.468
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'33.550 0.678
6 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'33.685 0.813
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'33.696 0.824
8 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'33.698 0.826
9 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'33.786 0.914
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'33.822 0.950
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'33.831 0.959
12 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'33.921 1.049
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'33.955 1.083
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'34.079 1.207
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'34.447 1.575
16 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'34.632 1.760
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'35.266 2.394
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'35.331 2.459
19 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'35.512 2.640
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'35.551 2.679

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