Where to watch the 2021 F1 Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 circus moves on to Sochi for the Russian GP between September 24-26. Find out out to watch the 2021 Russian GP in the UK, Australia and the USA with session times where you are


Formuła 1 caused a ruckus in Monza in one of the most eventual Grand Prix of the season so far, but now the F1 circus moves onto the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, so make sure you know where to watch all the action. 

Daniel Ricciardo took victory at the Italian GP with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton colliding at the first chicane. Now, we move onto the Russian GP, with Mercedes driver Hamilton aiming to claw back the deficit to Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship. 

In 2020, Valtteri Bottas took a magnificent win at the Russian GP in Sochi. Could we see a similar ending on Sunday? 

When does the Russian GP take place? 

The Formula 1 race weekend will return to normality for the Russian GP with no sprint race on Saturday. As a result, Friday hosts two one-hour practice sessions. Saturday will also see another 60 minute practice session, before qualifying later int he afternoon which will determine the starting grid. Sunday is then designated for the race as is standard.

The full detailed schedule for the 2021 Russian GP is as follows 

DateSessionUK Time (BST)US Time (ET)
Friday, September 24Practice 109:30 – 10:3004:30 – 05:30
Friday, September 24Practice 213:00 – 14:0008:00 – 09:00
Saturday, September 25Practice 310:00 – 11:0005:00 – 06:00
Saturday, September 25Qualifying13:00 – 14:0008:00 – 09:00
Sunday, September 26Race (53 Laps)13:00 – 15:0008:00 – 10:00

Where can you watch the Russian GP in the UK? 

In the UK, coverage of the 2021 Russian GP will be provided by Sky Sports F1 with every single session being shown live as it happens from Sochi in Russia. For the race itself, you can join David Croft and Martin Brundle on commentary. 

Channel 4 will be showing highlights of both qualifying and the race later on in the evening with coverage of Saturday’s qualifying being shown at 5:50pm BST and the race itself at 6:30pm BST on Sunday. Steve Jones, David Coulthard, Lee McKenzie and Mark Webber will present race highlights from Sochi. You can also watch race highlights on Channel 4’s All 4 on streaming service.

You can also follow live radio coverage of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live. Commentary from Jack Nicholls and ex-F1 driver Jolyon Palmer starts at 13:00 BST. 

Where can you watch the Russian GP in the USA? 

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session from the 2021 Russian GP which is available to subscribers. You can watch Friday’s practice sessions on ESPN2 and ESPNU, respectively. Saturday’s Practice 2 and Qualifying session are both being shown on ESPN2, with the race on Sunday also show on ESPN2

ESPN Deportes will also have Spanish language coverage of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix in the United States. 

Where can you watch the Russian GP in Australia? 

In Australia, every session from the Russian Grand Prix will be shown though Fox Sports which is available via Foxtel. Highlights can be found on Channel 10 on Monday night after the Russian GP. Every session will also be streamed live as it happens at Sochi via Kayo Sports

DateSessionAus. Time (AEST)
Friday, September 24Practice 118:30 – 19:30
Friday, September 24Practice 222:00 – 23:00
Saturday, September 25Practice 319:00 – 20:00
Saturday, September 25Qualifying22:00 – 23:00
Sunday, September 26Race (53 Laps)22:00 – 00:00

F1 Driver Standings ahead of the Russian GP?

After an eventful race at Monza, Verstappen actually increased his lead over Hamilton atop the F1 Drivers’ Standings after collecting points in the sprint race. That said, there is everything to play for as Formula 1 moves on to Sochi and the 2021 Russian GP. 

1Max VerstappenRed Bull454
2Charles LeclercFerrari308
3Sergio PerezRed Bull305
4George RussellMercedes275
5Carlos SainzFerrari246
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes240
7Lando NorrisMcLaren122
8Esteban OconAlpine92
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine81
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo49
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin37
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren37
13Kevin MagnussenHaas25
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23
15Lance StrollAston Martin18
16Mick SchumacherHaas12
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri12
18Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo6
19Alex AlbonWilliams4
20Nyck De VriesWilliams2
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams2
22Nico HulkenbergAston Martin0
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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