2021 Brazil Grand Prix F1 Qualifying Schedule and Where to Watch It Live

Published 11/11/2021, 8:36 AM EST
The Interlagos circuit

During the weekend in Brazil, the last stop of the triple header in the Americas, a lot of fates could be decided. The championship battle on both sheets is neck and neck.


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At Interlagos, F1 will have the third and final Sprint ‘Qualifying’ session of this season. This means the traditional Qualifying Session will take a backseat, in priority and its place on the weekend.

Since there is an inclusion of Sprint Qualifying, most of the sessions will see a change from their natural order and time.


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FP1 – The weekend will commence with a usual practice session on Friday at 12:30 PM local time/ 3:30 PM GMT.

Qualifying – The traditional Qualifying session will follow FP1 on Friday itself at 4:00 pm local time/ 7:00 PM GMT. The grid order after the Qualifying session will carry into Sprint ‘Qualifying’.

FP2 – The second session of practice will take place on Saturday, 12:00 PM local time/ 3:00 PM GMT.

SPRINT – The Sprint ‘Qualifying’ will take place on the evening of Saturday at 4:30 PM local time/ 7:30 PM GMT.

The Sprint ‘Qualifying’ is a 100 km ‘mini race’ and whoever wins it starts in Pole position. The P2 finish starts in second and so on and so forth.

But this new idea has split the paddock and the F1 Community over its application and permanency.

Where to watch the Brazil Grand Prix live?

The Brazil Grand Prix and Qualifying will be broadcast live on television in the following countries:

  • UK: Sky Sports F1/ Channel 4 (Highlights)
  • United States: ESPN 2
  • Canada: TSN/RDS
  • Germany: Sky Deutschland/ RTL
  • India: Star Sports Select 2/ Hotstar (Online)

The race can also be streamed on Sky Sports (UK), FREE on ABC/ Sling TV (US) and F1 TV (in selected regions).

Who could win the Brazil Grand Prix?

Max Verstappen took home the win in 2019, the last time F1 raced at Interlagos. Carrying forward his form from the last two races in the faster car, he’s favourite to repeat the result of 2019.

His championship rival, Lewis Hamilton, has neither had his desired pace from the Mercedes nor the strategic support of his teammate. However, the seven-time world champion will look to cause ‘an upset’ in Brazil, the same track where he famously won his first title in 2008.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Mike Blake

McLaren will hope to finish ahead of Ferrari in the battle for third place; Ferrari finally overtook the Woking outfit after Mexico. The British team have simply had no answer yet to the Italian team’s newfound pace advantage, courtesy of a new engine package.


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Seeing how the circuit at Interlagos is no stranger to some exciting weather and exciting races, the whole weekend should be a fun but an important one in the bigger scheme of things.


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Who do you think will conquer the weekend in Brazil?

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.