Dutch Grand Prix F1 Practice Schedule: Where to Watch, Timings, Weather Forecast & Live Stream?

Published 09/03/2021, 5:12 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of the safety car as the start of the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


After a rainy end to Sunday at Spa, The Dutch Grand Prix acts as the unofficial season reopener. As a result, there’s almost four weeks’ worth of excitement bubbling up at Zandvoort. With an intense championship battle and a thrilling track ahead of them, this race is not one to be missed.

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The drivers will get their first feel of the circuit at the practice sessions on Friday. Will the timesheets look different or will F1 go back to normalcy after a crazy couple of races? Let’s take a look at the schedule to have a better understanding of where to tune in.

When and where to join the Dutch Grand Prix

For all European viewers in the Netherlands, Austria, the UK, France, and Germany, and in the surrounding areas, the pit lane opens at 10:30 am CET. The second practice session will begin at 2 pm.

The Dutch audience who couldn’t make it to the grandstands can be a part of the action on Ziggo and NOS. For the Orange Army in Austria, fans can stream the race for free on ServusTV. The station is owned by Red Bull; the team is allowing their home crowd to watch their star battle it out for free.

F1 fans in the United Kingdom can tune into SkySports or C4 for the race. The German fans can turn to Sky Deutschland and RTL while the ones in France can witness the action on Canal +.

The Americans can tune into ESPN in the early hours of the morning; broadcasting begins at 5:30 am for FP1 and 9 am for FP2. The Gulf countries can enjoy their lunch with FP1 starting at 1:30 pm.

Moving East, the session begins at 6:30 pm on Fuji TV in Japan, 5:30 pm on CCTV and Tencent in China, and 3 pm on Star Sports for India.

For the land down under, Australians can tune in to Fox Sports at 7:30 pm for the first round of practice.

Weather at Zandvoort on Friday

Regardless of the location one views it from, the thought of rain on the circuit is suddenly scary. Although always wishing for a wet race, the weekend at Spa has us full. However, there’s nothing to worry about! Bring out the orange sunglasses; it’s going to be a sunny afternoon at Zandvoort.

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Both practice sessions will welcome pleasant weather with a windy FP1 and a sunny FP2. The weather promises to be a pleasant 20 degrees, with some cool winds to make up for the scorching sun. An enjoyable way to ease into the possibility of rain on Sunday’s race.

Regardless, the temperatures on the track will be extremely high; with the intense competition anticipated by the teams, tensions will also be at an all-time high. The practice sessions will provide the perfect insight for what’s to come over the upcoming action-packed days at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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