Monaco Grand Prix: Where to Watch F1 Free Practice & What are the Timings?

Published 05/17/2021, 10:27 AM EDT
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Top three finishers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP stand on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


After four back and forth battles between Red Bull and Mercedes, the F1 party moves to the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo. As always, this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix will kick off with three free practice sessions before the competition starts to heat up. But when is it, and where can you catch up on all the action? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

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As opposed to the traditional Friday setting, the weekend begins a day early in Monaco on Thursday. FP1 (First Practice session) will begin at 10:30 am BST while FP2 (Second Practice session) starts at 2:00 pm BST. No running will take place on Friday.

Hence, the final practice sessions, i.e. the FP3, will go live at 11:00 am BST on Saturday, three hours before qualifying.

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Where to watch the Monaco Grand Prix?

On television, Sky Sports hold the exclusive rights to broadcasting all the sessions of the race live. On the other hand, Channel 4 will show all the highlights.

Fans wanting to watch the action on their mobile platforms can subscribe to the F1 TV app.

Can Max Verstappen hit back against Lewis Hamilton in Monaco?

The Mercedes W12 totally outclassed Red Bull’s RB16B at the Spanish GP. While Red Bull are said to hold the edge in qualifying, Mercedes have shown better pace on Sundays.

But Monaco is all about qualifying. Its twisty and narrow track prevents overtaking to a great extent. At the previous Monaco Grand Prix in 2019, Lewis Hamilton held off the challenge from Max Verstappen for a quarter of the race at just 70% power.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Hence, Red Bull will feel like they can come away with the maximum points here at the French principality. They will need to cut out their errors over one lap and nail the perfect lap. Good thing that there is limited scope for track limits violation at the Circuit de Monaco!

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Any time you slightly go off, you can end up hitting the barriers. And Red Bull will need just a clean, slick lap from both their drivers and they can put Mercedes on the back foot on Sunday.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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