ESPN release 2018 F1 season TV schedule

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If you were beginning to wonder if US fans would be able to watch Formula 1 as the series starts in just 12 days, then this news will find you a tad relived. ESPN have released their F1 schedule and channel listing for 2018. There were questions about covering all sessions of the F1 race weekend and that has been answered.

ESPN’s F1 TV listing:

Race No. Race Session Date Start Time (ET) Network
1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix Practice 1 Thursday, March 22 9:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, March 23 1:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Friday, March 23 10:00 PM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, March 24 2:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, March 25 1:00 AM ESPN2
2 Gulf Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, April 6 7:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, April 6 11:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, April 7 8:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, April 7 11:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, April 8 11:00 AM ESPN2
3 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix Practice 1 Thursday, April 12 10:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, April 13 2:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Friday, April 13 11:00 PM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, April 14 2:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, April 15 2:00 AM ESPN2
4 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, April 27 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, April 27 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, April 28 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, April 28 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, April 29 8:00 AM ESPN2
5 Spanish Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, May 11 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, May 11 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, May 12 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, May 12 9:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, May 13 9:00 AM ESPN2
6 Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1 Thursday, May 24 5:00 AM ESPN2
Practice 2 Thursday, May 24 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Practice 3 Saturday, May 26 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, May 26 9:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, May 27 9:00 AM ESPN
Encore Sunday, May 27 3:30 PM ABC
7 Canadian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, June 8 10:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, June 8 2:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, June 9 11:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, June 9 2:00 PM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, June 10 2:00 PM ABC
8 French Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, June 22 6:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, June 22 10:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, June 23 7:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, June 23 10:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, June 24 10:00 AM ESPN2
9 Austrian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, June 29 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, June 29 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, June 30 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, June 30 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, July 1 9:00 AM ESPN2
10 Rolex British Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, July 6 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, July 6 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, July 7 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, July 7 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, July 8 9:00 AM ESPN
11 Emirates German Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, July 20 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, July 20 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, July 21 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, July 21 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, July 22 9:00 AM ESPN2
12 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, July 27 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, July 27 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, July 28 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, July 28 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, July 29 9:00 AM ESPN2
13 Belgian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, August 24 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, August 24 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, August 25 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, August 25 9:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, August 26 9:00 AM ESPN2
14 Heineken Italian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, August 31 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, August 31 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Sept. 1 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Sept. 1 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, Sept. 2 9:00 AM ESPN2
15 Singapore Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Sept. 14 4:30 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Sept. 14 8:30 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Sept. 15 6:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Sept. 15 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, Sept. 16 8:00 AM ESPN2
16 VTB Russian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Sept. 28 4:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Sept. 28 8:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Sept. 29 5:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Sept. 29 8:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, Sept. 30 7:00 AM ESPN2
17 Japanese Grand Prix Practice 1 Thursday, Oct. 4 9:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Oct. 5 1:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Friday, Oct. 5 11:00 PM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Oct. 6 2:00 AM ESPN2
Race Sunday, Oct. 7 1:00 AM ESPN2
18 United States Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Oct. 19 11:00 AM ESPNEWS
Practice 2 Friday, Oct. 19 3:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Oct. 20 2:00 PM ESPN3
Qualifying Saturday, Oct. 20 TBD ESPNEWS (delayed)
Race Sunday, Oct. 21 2:00 PM ABC
19 Mexican Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Oct. 26 11:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Oct. 26 3:00 PM ESPNEWS
Practice 3 Saturday, Oct. 27 11:00 AM ESPN3
Qualifying Saturday, Oct. 27 2:00 PM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, Oct. 28 3:00 PM ABC
20 Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Nov. 9 9:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Nov. 9 12:00 PM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Nov. 10 9:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Nov. 10 TBD ESPNEWS (delayed)
Race Sunday, Nov. 11 12:00 PM ABC
21 Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 1 Friday, Nov. 23 5:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 2 Friday, Nov. 23 8:00 AM ESPN3
Practice 3 Saturday, Nov. 24 5:00 AM ESPNEWS
Qualifying Saturday, Nov. 24 8:00 AM ESPNEWS
Race Sunday, Nov. 25 8:00 AM ESPN2

 

Tentative schedule – subject to change

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Let me check my calender: what year is this-1995 or 2018? ESPN puts Formula-1 on the Deuce like they did back in 1995. And ESPN will not show Free Practice 2 at all except on ESPN-3(streaming?) and qualifying for the USGP will be broadcast-delayed. Seriously? Sounds like a hard push by Liberty to get widespread acceptance of its streaming service in America. A good friend warned me “be careful for you wish for” and he were absolutely right.

ESPNF1NotHappy
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ESPNF1NotHappy

If ESPNews is a key channel for F1 Qualifying then I’m out. Pay too much for cable already and I’m not paying a penny more for a special streaming service or for more channels like ESPNews. I made sure to have NBC Sports in my subscription package before and I always had qualifying and races events DVR’d. I’ve also made the trip to COTA numerous times, so consider myself a relatively good fan (ie I spend money on the sport when the product is worth it). Liberty Media has prioritized squeezing us for money above delivering a consistent quality product.… Read more »

Doug Patterson
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I had to look up what ESPN3 was. …surprised it’s not on The Ocho. >:( It’s a shame that talks broke down between Liberty and NBC.

peterriva
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1st, let me thank you for posting these times and dates.
2nd, ESPN3 and ESPN News are available to only 22.5% of ESPN subscribers (and for those that aren’t, they come in a package only with other channels, with DishTV adding over $20 a month).

rbunce
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rbunce

Noticed that on my guide… I have PCs connected to all my TVs so ESPN3 good for me… any word on whether all sessions will be on ESPN video on demand on the website? Would rather not get up in the middle of the night to watch live. Still waiting to see what F1 TV looks like or go back to my streaming service for Sky F1…

The Captain
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Welp, this is what I was afraid of as soon as I saw “our platforms” in the press releases. We’re loosing FP2 on Tv. ESPN 3 is only available over the web. I guess having FP3 is o.k. but I’ll probably never watch it (that’s just too much for one Saturday during the summer). Like everything else about this ESPN deal it would be nice on top of FP2, not as a replacement. I had a nice ritual of ending the work day on Friday and firing up the DVR to watch FP2 while I made/ate dinner. Made the race… Read more »

Rapierman
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Rapierman

I think I’ll stick to streaming Sky, thank you.

Mario
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Mario

I’ll defend ESPN here…more TV than I actually expected because I didn’t think qually would make the cut. ESPNnews is a bit of a disappointment but let’s remember, ESPN2 in 2018 is not ESPN2 of 1995. ESPN2 has much more market penetration than FS1 and NBCSN.

Tim C
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Tim C

If Liberty Media is wanting to get more eyeballs watching it’s product, this isn’t the way to go about it. Looks like I’ll be finding other things to fill the time I would have been watching F1.

Member

So it looks like I won’t be DVR’ing any of the Practice Sessions on ESPN3. It’s only available on streaming with my cable provider (Spectrum). Let’s see what the OTT package looks like. If it only does live streams, I’ll be watching a lot less F1 this year.

GaryK
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GaryK

I have almost never gotten ESPN3 or GO or whatever the silly service is to work reliably. Their stream is such that you are never securely “in” and you get buffered and stalled to death. Not the majority of time, but I would say a plurality it just won’t…do…anything. Also, if there are commercials, they come in annoying long blocks and of course when those stall out, you can’t come back in ahead and, well, you can see where this death spiral leads. Although the good news is that, by comparison, even a deeply flawed brand new buggy F1 app… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

I’ll just keep streaming it on Sky, I’m sure ESPN will terrorize the feed with commercials every 5mins.

mrvco
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mrvco

At least they’re covering all the sessions. There is a tab for ‘replays’ on ESPN3, you can watch the Firestone Grand Prix now. It’s 720p, but the encoding doesn’t look great on my 1440p computer monitor (I’m guessing it will look better through AppleTV on a tv). The ads remain, but some seem to be replaced by ESPN promos.

I’ll be subscribing to the OTT Service regardless, but depending upon who Liberty uses for the on-air talent, I’ll probably still download the ad-free Sky coverage.

Bear
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Bear

Just when I was enjoying and getting into F1, espn stifles it. Well, baseball season starts in a couple weeks.

Robert Baxter
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Robert Baxter

what is espn 3

John from CA
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John from CA

Anyone else notice ESPN only blocked out 1 hour for practice and 1 hour for quali?

Glenn
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Glenn

I noticed ESPN2 has a 30 min show Formula 1: On The Grid scheduled right before the race on Sunday. May be some pre-race commentary from somebody…..?