F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Following a dramatic Saturday in Sao Paulo, the Finnish driver beat Max Verstappen to claim the sprint race win as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from last place to finish in fifth. 

The sprint action was preceded by a dramatic set of events off the track, which resulted in Hamilton being excluded from Friday’s qualifying results due to a DRS rear wing infringement, taking him from sprint race pole to the back of the grid. 

Mercedes later revealed Hamilton’s wing failed the FIA tests by just 0.2mm having tried to fight off the punishment through Friday evening and Saturday with the FIA race stewards. 

In an unusual turn of events, Max Verstappen was separately given a €50,000 fine by the FIA having touched Hamilton’s rear wing in parc ferme conditions after qualifying on Friday. 

While Verstappen’s touch of Hamilton’s rear wing wasn’t considered part of what caused it to fail the FIA tests, the Red Bull driver later admitted he had suspicions regarding Mercedes’ rear wing flexing which is why he examined it after qualifying.

The result of it all means with Hamilton finishing the sprint race in fifth, he’ll start Sunday’s grand prix in 10th place due to his earlier five-place grid penalty for taking on a new engine ahead of the Brazilian GP. 

With Bottas taking Brazilian GP pole thanks to his sprint race win ahead of Verstappen, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr will start the grand prix in third place having overtaken the sister Red Bull of Sergio Perez in the sprint.

Lando Norris is promoted up to fifth place for McLaren due to Hamilton’s grid penalty, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in sixth and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in seventh.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon takes ninth place ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel as Hamilton completes the top 10.

Fans walk through the pit lane

Fans walk through the pit lane

Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

When is the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 14th November 2021
Start time: 5:00pm GMT, 2:00pm local time

The 19th round of the 2021 F1 season, the Brazilian GP at the Interlagos, gets underway at 2pm local time (5pm GMT) on Sunday 14th November.

How can I watch the Brazilian GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Brazilian GP, with the race shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will be starting on Sky Sports F1 at 3:30pm GMT ahead of the race start at 5:00pm GMT.

Channel: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
Start time: 3:30pm GMT, Sunday 14th November

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Brazilian GP here.

When can I watch the Brazilian GP highlights?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is also broadcasting highlights of the Brazilian GP at 11:00pm GMT on Sunday. The full programme will run for two hours and 30 minutes, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.

For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 11:00pm GMT, Sunday 14th November

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, and Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, and Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Will the Brazilian GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations and the via the BBC Sport website.

Live coverage of the Brazilian GP will start at 5:00pm GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the Brazilian GP?

Current weather forecasts predict sunny and dry conditions at Interlagos, with a very small chance of rain during the race. The temperature is expected to be 23 degrees Celsius for the start of the race – three degrees warmer than the Mexican GP.

How many laps is the Brazilian GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 71 laps of the Interlagos circuit, covering a total race distance of 305.909km.

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix starting grid

Cla Driver Chassis
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
12 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
14 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams
18 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
19 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas
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