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

Barcelona is hosting the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying from your country.

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

Mercedes has so far enjoyed an upper hand over Red Bull in qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas scoring two poles between them compared to just one for Max Verstappen - although it must be noted that the Dutchman's first flyer that was deleted for track limits would have been good enough for pole at Portimao.

Mercedes has also been unbeaten in qualifying at Barcelona since the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014, making the German marque the favourite for the top spot once again.

What time does qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix start?

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

  • Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 
  • Start time: 13:00 GMT / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST / 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 Spanish 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 Barcelona throughout the weekend, including live commentary during qualifying on Saturday.

FP1 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'18.504  
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'18.537 0.033
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'18.627 0.123
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'18.944 0.440
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'18.996 0.492
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'19.020 0.516
7 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'19.062 0.558
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'19.234 0.730
9 11 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'19.349 0.845
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'19.429 0.925
11 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'19.669 1.165
12 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'19.681 1.177
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'19.694 1.190
14 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'19.732 1.228
15 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'19.950 1.446
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'20.270 1.766
17 45 Israel Roy Nissany Williams 1'20.700 2.196
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'20.766 2.262
19 88 Poland Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1'21.887 3.383
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'21.976 3.472

FP2 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'18.170  
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'18.309 0.139
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'18.335 0.165
4 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'18.466 0.296
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'18.518 0.348
6 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'18.593 0.423
7 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'18.619 0.449
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'18.674 0.504
9 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'18.785 0.615
10 11 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'18.918 0.748
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'18.947 0.777
12 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'19.092 0.922
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'19.122 0.952
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'19.134 0.964
15 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'19.195 1.025
16 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'19.213 1.043
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'19.957 1.787
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'20.046 1.876
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'20.326 2.156
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'20.753 2.583
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