Austrian Grand Prix F1 Practice Schedule: What Time is Free Practice? Where to Watch & Live Stream?

Published 07/02/2021, 4:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during qualifying REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


F1 will stay at the Red Bull Ring for this weekend as well for the Austrian Grand Prix. Before the race day, the drivers will once again zip around the track to get acclimated to the circuit.

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It will have the same format as always, featuring two practice sessions on Friday and a final practice session on Saturday, followed by the high-intense qualifying session later in the afternoon.

But where to watch the action-packed practice sessions?

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Where to watch the practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix?

The first session of the day will take place from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (BST), while the second session will take place from 2 PM to 3 PM. FP3 will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday.

Fans can watch the sessions on Sky Sports, or stream it on the Sky Sports app and the official F1 app. For viewers in America, they can see the action on ESPN. For those who missed the action, they can watch the highlights on Channel 4 or catch it on Formula One’s YouTube channel.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Another exciting part for FP1 and FP2 is the chance of rain, which might create some challenges for drivers. The forecast is for a cloudy day, but there is a chance of rain, with some showers expected to hit the track around 12 PM local time.

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Can Red Bull win another home race?

Last weekend saw Max Verstappen grab a home win for his Milton-Keynes-based outfit, defeating arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton, with a 30-second gap. Now, the Dutchman is ready for round two at the Red Bull Ring this weekend and is hoping to display a similar performance as seen last week.

The 23-year-old, who is aware of how lethal Hamilton can be, knows he will have to bring his A-game this weekend as well. Furthermore, Verstappen currently leads the championship with 156 points while Hamilton is down at 138.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

Verstappen is hoping to extend the 18-point gap that he already has over the Mercedes driver. A win will help him to a great extent. Furthermore, it will help Red Bull pull away from Mercedes in the Constructors’ Standings.

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Who will get the most out of the sessions and have an edge for Sunday’s race? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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