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Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

The Sochi Autodrom plays host to the Russian Grand Prix this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Formula 1 race on Sunday.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

McLaren's Lando Norris will start a race from pole position for the first time in his F1 career after topping a wet/dry qualifying on Saturday.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will join his former teammate Norris on the front row after an excellent lap of his own in Q3, with George Russell an impressive third for Williams.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton made two mistakes in tricky conditions in Q3, leaving him fourth on the grid alongside his 2022 teammate Russell.

Valtteri Bottas was only seventh in the other Mercedes, while Sergio Perez also qualified a disappointing ninth for Red Bull.

Championship leader Max Verstappen will start at the back of the grid after Red Bull elected to fit a new Honda power unit on his car.

When is the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

The 2021 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will begin at 15:00 local time (+3 GMT) at Sochi.

  • Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021 
  • Start time: 12:00 GMT / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 14:00 SAT / 15:00 EAT / 15:00 local time / 08:00 ET / 05:00 PT / 22:00 AEST / 21:00 JST / 17:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the Formula 1 schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

2021 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix session timings in different timezones

Session

GMT

BST

CEST

ET

PT

AEST

JST

IST

FP1

08:30

09:30

10:30

04:30

01:30

18:30

17:30

14:00

FP2

12:00

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

22:00

21:00

17:30

FP3

09:00

10:00

11:00

05:00

02:00

19:00

18:00

14:30

Qualifying

12:00

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

22:00

21:00

17:30

Race 

12:00

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

22:00

21:00

17:30

How can I watch the Russian Grand Prix?

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 the Russian Grand Prix?

Viewers can subscribe to F1 TV in selected countries to stream the race on a device of their choice.

Sky Sports and Movistar also offer their own live streaming service in the UK and Spain respectively.

Russian Grand Prix - Starting grid:

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'41.993  
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'42.510 0.517
3 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'42.983 0.990
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'44.050 2.057
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'44.156 2.163
6 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'44.204 2.211
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'44.710 2.717
8 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'44.956 2.963
9 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'45.337 3.344
10 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'45.865 3.872
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'46.573 4.580
12 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'46.641 4.648
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'46.751 4.758
14 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'49.586 7.593
15 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'49.830 7.837
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'51.023 9.030
17 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'53.764 11.771
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams    
19 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari    
20 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull    

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