Spanish Grand Prix: TV channel and how to watch F1 this weekend

Jack de Menezes
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Lewis Hamilton will look to get back to winning ways in Spain: Getty
Lewis Hamilton will look to get back to winning ways in Spain: Getty

Lewis Hamilton will bid to return to winning ways this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix, having seen Max Verstappen power to victory in F1's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last time out.

Hamilton arrives in Barcelona with his 30-point championship lead still intact, with Valtteri Bottas unable to seize his chance to eat into the championship lead and falling behind Verstappen as a result.

After back-to-back races at Silverstone, the F1 paddock moves on to the sixth round of the 2020 season at Catalunya - the scene of Verstappen's first victory in the sport four years ago.

And having mastered the testing tyre conditions last weekend in a way that Mercedes were unable to, Verstappen is a fancied underdog to make it two wins in a row, should Mercedes struggle with blisters in the hot temperatures expected again this weekend.

Sergio Perez will be back on the grid in Spain after passing his latest coronavirus test, meaning the Mexican is back in the Racing Point after seeing Nico Hulkenberg deputise for the last two races.

Here’s everything you need to know for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

When is it?

The Spanish Grand Prix takes place across 14 - 16 August 2020.

How can I watch it?

All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.

In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, with Channel 4 only able to show the British Grand Prix live as they are restricted to highlights coverage the rest of the year.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the Spanish Grand Prix:

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 10am – 11:50m BST – (Sky Sports F1)

Free practice 2: 1:45pm – 3:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1)

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1)

Qualifying: 1pm – 3:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1)

SUNDAY

Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1) + 12:30pm - 4pm BST (Sky Sports Main Event)

Highlights: 6:30pm - 9pm BST (Channel 4), 8pm - 9pm BST (Sky Sports F1)

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What time does each session start?

FRIDAY

Free practice 1: 10am – 11:30pm BST

Free practice 2: 2pm – 3:30pm BST

SATURDAY

Free practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST

Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST

SUNDAY

Race: 2:10pm – 4:10pm BST

Driver changes

Sergio Perez is back in the Racing Point after missing the last two races due to coronavirus, meaning he returns to replace Nico Hulkenberg for the Spanish Grand Prix and beyond.