Formula One

F1 Spanish GP Preview – Start Time, How to Watch & More

After Monaco, it’s back-to-back action for F1, as the series makes its yearly trip to Spain. Check out everything you need to know about the Spanish GP, from where to watch the race to session start times.
F1 Spanish GP Preview
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Spanish GP Start Time and UK Schedule

Spanish Grand Prix Date

The Spanish Grand Prix will happen on Sunday, June 4th.

Spanish Grand Prix Start Time

The Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm GMT. You can check the table below to know the start times for all practice, qualifying and race sessions.

Spanish GP Schedule

Friday, June 2nd Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 111:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Practice 23:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 3rd Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 310:30 am – 11:30 am
Qualifying2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 4th Session Time (GMT)
Race1:00 pm

How Can I Watch the Spanish GP?

For F1 fans in the UK, Sky Sports will broadcast the Spanish GP, while NOW will stream the race on the internet. For F1 fans in the US, ESPN will broadcast the race on TV and stream it on the internet.

Television Channels

TV ChannelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming Services

Streaming ServiceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

About the Spanish GP

For a long time, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was F1’s second home. A favorite among teams, the track made for the ideal testground thanks to its combination of a challenging and technical layout, and great weather. While F1 has shifted most of its testing program to Bahrain in an effort to save costs, teams still know the Barcelona track inside-out. For 2023, the Spanish GP will use a different layout. After 16 years, F1 has decided to drop the controversial turns 14-15 chicane, reverting to the old flat-out turn 13. The change was welcomed by fans and drivers, and might offer a better chance for cars to follow each other around. F1 first raced at the Barcelona track in 1991. Since them, the circuit located in Montmelo has been a mainstay in the schedule. That being said, Barcelona isn’t exactly known for good, exciting racing. The track’s technical and twisty layout makes overtaking extremely difficult. Statistics really drive that home: in 32 races, the winner started from pole position on 23 occasions. Only three drivers (Michael Schumacher in 1996, Fernando Alonso in 2013 and Max Verstappen in 2016) won without having started on the front row. In last year’s race, Charles Leclerc looked set to become the 24th driver to win from pole at Barcelona. But the Monegasque’s engine let go halfway through the race, handing the win over to fellow front row starter Verstappen.

Altitude and Weather

Barcelona is close to sea level, which means that altitude won’t be a factor. Weather, on the other hand, might mix things up a little bit. There is a 40% chance of rain on Sunday, during the race. Temperature will be in the 23°C range for all sessions.

Spanish GP Stats

Here are some key stats to know ahead of the Spanish GP: Last Spanish Grand Prix: 2022 Circuit length: 4.657 km Number of laps: 63 Race distance: 307.236 km Lap record: Max Verstappen, 2021 (1:18.149)

Most Wins (Drivers)

Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher – 6 Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Mika Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell – 3 Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Mario Andretti, Max Verstappen – 2 Damon Hill, Felipe Massa, Gilles Villeneuve, Graham Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, James Hunt, Jenson Button, Jochen Mass, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Niki Lauda, Pastor Maldonado, Patrick Depailler, Sebastian Vettel – 1

Most Wins (Constructors)

Ferrari – 12 McLaren – 8 Mercedes, Williams – 7 Lotus – 6 Red Bull – 4 Alfa Romeo – 2 Brawn, Ligier, March, Matra, Renault – 1

Spain Offers More Than Just Racing

Barcelona is home to Antoni Gaudi’s most famous work, the Sagrada Familia. The world’s largest unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia was initially constructed in 1882. It is also a World Heritage Site, as defined by UNESCO.

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