After a delay of almost four months amid the coronavirus pandemic, Formula 1 finally entered the 2020 season last month. The modified F1 schedule continues today with the British Grand Prix on the 18-turn, 5,891-mile Silverstone Circuit in the UK.
Although the 2020 F1 season is running on a modified schedule, the TV channels are the same for all races in the United States, as ESPN and ESPN2 broadcast the Sky Sports presentation of each Formula 1 race.
Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone is the fourth event on F1’s abbreviated 2020 schedule. The 10 races currently confirmed on the 2020 F1 schedule are packaged in a short period through September, and all but one (the Russian Grand Prix on September 27) will take place in Western Europe.
As for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, with a 9:05 AM ET start time on ESPN, the Silverstone Circuit is one of the fastest F1 visits, making a handful of corners also one of the most challenging in the sport.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton is the favorite for Sunday’s F1 race after winning two of three races so far in 2020. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, the Austrian Grand Prix winner, is in second place.
Below is how to watch Sunday’s F1 race in England, including the TV channel and live stream options.
What channel is today’s F1 race on?
- Race: British Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, August 2
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: View ESPN, fuboTV
For now, Sunday’s British Grand Prix is one of only three races on the upcoming F1 schedule with a confirmed TV channel. It is scheduled to broadcast live on ESPN, the same network that showed the first three races of the season.
ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast all 2020 F1 races in the United States using the Sky Sports feed.
All F1 races on ESPN and ESPN2 are broadcast without advertisements and all practice sessions and qualifications are broadcast live and on repeat on ESPN platforms.
In addition, ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-speaking home to all 2020 F1 races in the US.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Date: Sunday, August 2
- Start time: 09:05 ET
The 9:05 AM ET start time for Sunday’s race means the British Grand Prix will start at 3:05 PM local time.
With nine of the 10 F1 races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule set to take place in Western Europe, expect similar Formula 1 start times in the coming months.
Below is the full TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events during the British Grand Prix.
|Friday, July 31||Exercise 1||5:55 ET||ESPN2|
|Friday, July 31||Exercise 2||09:55 ET||ESPN2|
|Saturday, August 1||Exercise 3||06:55 ET||ESPN|
|Saturday, August 1||Qualifying||08:55 ET||ESPN|
|Sunday August 2||Pre-race show||8 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Sunday August 2||Race||09:05 ET||ESPN|
Formula 1 live stream for British Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four main OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.
Below are links to each.
For those who have a cable or satellite subscription but don’t have a TV, Formula 1 races can be streamed live in 2020 via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
Formula 1 schedule 2020
F1 released an update in July of what is now a schedule of 10 races that runs through September, although the organization hopes for a total of 15-18 races before the season ends in December.
“We currently expect the opening games to be closed events, but we hope fans will be able to join our events again if it is safe,” F1 said in June. “The health and safety of everyone involved will remain priority number one, with Formula 1 and FIA having a robust and detailed plan to ensure that our races maintain the highest level of safety with strict procedures.”
Below is the currently confirmed Formula 1 schedule for 2020.
|Date||Event (winner)||Time||TV channel|
|July 5||Austrian Grand Prix (Valtteri Bottas)||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|July 12th||Styrian Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton)||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|July 19||Hungarian Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton)||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|August 2||British Grand Prix||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|August 9||F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|August 16||Spanish Grand Prix||09:05 ET||ESPN|
|August 30||Belgian Grand Prix||TBD||TBD|
|September 6||Italian Grand Prix||TBD||TBD|
|the 13th of September||Grand Prix of Tuscany||TBD||TBD|
|September 27||Russian Grand Prix||TBD||TBD|