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F1 qualifying race time: What time qualifying starts for US Grand Prix, how long it lasts on Saturday

F1 is back for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday and we run through some key details.

A general view of Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 01, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

UPDATE: Live updates for US Grand Prix qualifying results.

Formula One is in Austin, Texas this weekend for the latest race on the 2021 schedule. The US Grand Prix airs Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and will be available via live stream at WatchESPN.

The race will be preceded on Saturday with qualifying to determine the order of the 20-driver starting grid. The process starts at 5 p.m. ET and will air on ESPNews with a live stream at WatchESPN. It will last an hour and feature three separate runs to split up the group.

The first 20 minutes will feature all 20 cars trying to run the fastest time. The five slowest cars will be eliminated and placed in positions 16-20. After a brief intermission, the second qualifying period will run 15 minutes with the remaining 15 cars competing for a new fastest time. The five slowest from this group will be eliminated to set positions 11 through 15. The final ten minutes feature the 10 remaining cars competing for the fastest time to secure pole position.

Lewis Hamilton enters qualifying as the favorite to claim the pole position at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is listed at -105, followed by Max Verstappen (+190) and Valtteri Bottas (+380). There’s a sizable drop-off from there, led by Charles Leclerc (+2200), Lando Norris (+2500), and Sergio Perez (+2800).

How to watch qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix

Date: Saturday, Oct 9
Time: 8 a.m. ET
TV channel: ESPNews
Live stream: WatchESPN

Entry list

2021 United States Grand Prix, starting lineup

Position Driver Car No.
Position Driver Car No.
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 33
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 44
3 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing 11
4 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 16
5 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Scuderia Ferrari 55
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren F1 Team 3
7 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 4
8 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 10
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 77
10 Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 22
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 31
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 99
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 18
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 6
15 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 7
16 Mick Schumacher Uralkali Haas F1 Team 47
17 Nikita Mazepin Uralkali Haas F1 Team 9
18 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 5
19 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 14
20 George Russell Williams Racing 63