Hungarian Grand Prix F1 Qualifying Schedule: Where to Watch, Timings, Live Stream & Weather Forecast

Published 07/31/2021, 3:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga


Friday’s practice sessions at Hungarian Grand Prix wrote a whole new script over the ongoing dominance of Red Bull F1 against Mercedes. Unlike the past, the Milton Keynes outfit doesn’t seem to be holding the edge over their rivals.

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What’s more, with Max Verstappen struggling a lot with the balance, there are possibilities that either Valtteri Bottas or Lewis Hamilton could grab onto the crucial pole position for Sunday’s race. Also, with the weather keen on playing a role on Saturday afternoon, this certainly isn’t a session to miss for the fans.

Hence, with a potential excitement-filled qualifying session around the corner, let’s take a look at when and where the viewers could catch a glimpse of the on-track action.

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When and where to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying

The lights go green for the qualifying session at 3:00 PM local time in Hungary, which converts to 9:00 AM ET. British viewers will be seeing the action at 2:00 PM BST. For the Indian viewers, the session starts off at 6:30 PM IST.

For the viewers around the UAE and Oman, F1 will flag off the qualifying session at 5:00 PM GST.

Moving on to the detailing around broadcasting, it is the very same Sky Sports for the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy, with the British viewers also receiving the feed from Channel 4.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

For the United States, the broadcasting rights rest with ESPN, with countries like Spain and Portugal, opting for DAZN and Eleven Sports, respectively.

Local viewers from Hungary can catch the action on M4, while nearby countries, Austria and the Netherlands, can view the session on Servus TV and Ziggo, respectively. India falls under Star Sports, while the rest of the Asian countries’ broadcasting rights are held by Fox Sports.

Weather during the qualifying session

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This isn’t necessarily to get the viewers’ hopes high, but there are significant chances of thunderstorms around the area during qualifying.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

The chances persist around 30-40% as of now, which is bound to change in the coming hours. Hence, if the viewers are lucky enough, Budapest will end the dry spell for F1, which has seen rains hyping a weekend up and never managing to accomplish the hype.

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Hence, will the fans be lucky enough this time around? Are we in for a wet F1 session at the Hungaroring on Saturday afternoon? Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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