, British Grand Prix 2021: What time is the Silverstone F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?, Nzuchi Times

British Grand Prix 2021: What time is the Silverstone F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

, British Grand Prix 2021: What time is the Silverstone F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?, Nzuchi Times

After five victories in a row, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are on the ropes, bruised by Max Verstappen’s hat-trick of victories in France and Austria. 

A home grand prix in front of a full house could not come at a better time for Hamilton. But it is already starting to look as though he needs to turn things around immediately. Can he do so at the British Grand Prix this weekend?

When is it?

In a shake-up of F1’s traditional schedule and format, first practice and qualifying take place on Friday July 16. Second practice and the new ‘sprint’ qualifying are on Saturday July 17. The British Grand Prix itself is on Sunday July 18. 

What time does it start?

With the new format, the timings have been moved around a fair bit. First practice runs from 2.30pm BST until 3.30pm on Friday. The traditional three-part qualifying takes place at 6pm the same day. 

Second practice runs from Noon BST until 1pm on Saturday with the sprint qualifying starting at 6pm on Saturday evening. 

The race itself is at 3pm BST on Sunday afternoon. 

Hang on, what is ‘sprint qualifying’?

This year F1 has introduced a new weekend format at three rounds, with the British GP being the first time it is tried. This is aimed at increasing the excitement and action over a race weekend, primarily. 

Sprint qualifying in this case is a 17-lap race with a grid determined by Friday’s ‘traditional’ qualifying session, which has the usual Q1, Q2 and Q3 segments. 

The final order of the sprint qualifying race determines the order for the grid on Sunday. So, if Lewis Hamilton qualifies first on Friday, but then collides with Max Verstappen and crashes out on the first lap of the sprint race on Saturday, he will start from the back of the grid on Sunday.

As well as deciding Sunday’s starting order, championship points (three, two and one) will be awarded to the top three finishers and the winner will be declared the man who has taken pole position. 

For more detailed information on this weekend’s sprint race, click here. 

What are the championship standings after nine rounds?

Drivers’ top 10:

Constructors’:

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. We are awaiting final confirmation, but we believe their Friday qualifying program will start between 5 and 5.30pm on Friday and their sprint qualifying coverage at 5pm BST on Saturday. Their race coverage at 1.30pm on Sunday. 

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team, with the exact timings of their highlights programs to be confirmed. 

You can also keep up to date throughout practice, qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.

What do we know about Silverstone?

  • Circuit length:  5.891km
  • First championship grand prix:  1950
  • Laps: 52
  • Race distance: 306.198km
  • Race lap record: 1:27.097 (Max Verstappen, 2020)
  • 2020 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Number of corners:  18
  • Overtaking chances:  Quite good all-round, really. There are quite a few heavy braking zones (though not as heavy as they once were due to these ultra-high downforce cars) and it’s quite a high-speed circuit that allows for a variety of lines. Probably the best chances are on the Hangar Straight and into Stowe towards the end of the lap and in the twisty complex at the start of the lap onto the Wellington Straight. Even Brooklands and Copse offer decent chances if you’re brave.

What are the latest odds?

  • Circuit length:  5.891km
  • First championship grand prix:  1950
  • Laps: 52
  • Race distance: 306.198km
  • Race lap record: 1:27.097 (Max Verstappen, 2020)
  • 2020 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Number of corners:  18
  • Overtaking chances:  Quite good all-round, really. There are quite a few heavy braking zones (though not as heavy as they once were due to these ultra-high downforce cars) and it’s quite a high-speed circuit that allows for a variety of lines. Probably the best chances are on the Hangar Straight and into Stowe towards the end of the lap and in the twisty complex at the start of the lap onto the Wellington Straight. Even Brooklands and Copse offer decent chances if you’re brave.

What is our prediction?

It is hard to believe that Mercedes will be as far away as they were in Austria, though we said that after the Styrian Grand Prix and then they were even more distant in the second race at the Red Bull Ring. With Hamilton facing a 32-point deficit to Verstappen and Mercedes now 44 points behind Red Bull, it is starting to look like crunch time for the defending champions. 

Silverstone should suit them better than the Red Bull Ring, but we also thought that about Paul Ricard. Still, the French Grand Prix was close, with Red Bull better on Saturday and Mercedes marginally quicker on Sunday. Things should close up again this weekend but given Verstappen’s impressive qualifying form, Hamilton could be behind him on the grid again. 

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