Formula One racing makes its debut in Qatar this weekend for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. The race is replacing the previously canceled Australian Grand Prix and sets the stage for the 2023 return to a permanent track in Qatar.
The F1 race is scheduled to run on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, but qualifying will precede it on Saturday at 9 a.m. Saturday qualifying will air on ESPN2 and will be available via live stream at WatchESPN. Sunday’s race will have the same viewing options. You will need a cable log-in to stream both events, so if you don’t have one, you can get a trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the Qatar Grand Prix weekend.
Qualifying is one hour in length and broken up into three qualifying periods. The first 20 minutes will feature all 20 cars trying to secure the fastest time. The five slowest cars in the first period are eliminated and placed at the back of the starting grid in spots 16-20. The second qualifying period is 15 minutes and the remaining 15 cars compete for a new fastest time. Once again, the five slowest cars are eliminated to set positions 11 through 15 in the grid. The final ten minutes feature the 10 remaining cars competing for the fastest time to secure pole position.
Lewis Hamilton is the favorite this race weekend at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is installed at -105 to claim the pole and -145 to win the race. Max Verstappen follows at +145 to claim the pole and +145 to win the race.
How to watch qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix
Date: Saturday, November 20
Time: 9 a.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN2
Live stream: WatchESPN
2021 Qatar Grand Prix, starting grid
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||33|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||5|
|11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||11|
|12||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||18|
|16||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||7|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||99|