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What channel is F1 on today? TV schedule, start time for 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Sporting News

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Following a two-week break between races, the 2024 Formula One season returns with the Chinese Grand Prix, getting underway later today from the Shanghai International Circuit. It’s a second race in the Far East in as many weekends, after Max Verstappen kept up his world-champion form with a win at the Japanese Grand Prix last time out. 

This is the first edition of the Chinese Grand Prix to be held in almost five years, with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic putting paid to the country staging any meetings of the race since 2019. In 2024 though, it’s back and bigger than ever, as the fifth of a record-breaking 24 races on the calendar this year. 

Max Verstappen responded to his third-lap withdrawal in Australia last month by staging a dominant comeback victory at Suzuka last time out, beating his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez to pole position and leaving Ferrari’s duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc firmly in his wake. 

We’re all set for the Chinese Grand Prix return, and ahead of an eagerly-anticipated raceday, The Sporting News has everything you’ll need to keep tabs on all of the F1 action. 

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How to watch F1 Chinese Grand Prix: TV channel, live stream

The Chinese Grand Prix is the fifth race of the 2024 Formula One season and takes place at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. 

Here’s how to watch the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV channel Streaming
USA ESPN, ESPN Deportes ESPN+Fubo, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV
Canada TSN (English), RDS / Noovo (French)

TSN Direct

UK Sky Sports F1 NOW TV, Sky Go app
Australia Fox Sports Foxtel Go, Kayo Sports
India FanCode, F1 TV Pro


USA: ESPN is showing the race live on US cable TV on ESPN, and while there’s also several streaming options, ESPN+ and Fubo are your best bets with the latter including a FREE trial.

Canada: Canadian F1 fans can watch English-speaking covering on TSN or stream via TSN Direct, while French speakers can also catch the action on RDS or Noovo.

UK: This race will be available to watch on Sky Sports’ own dedicated Formula 1 Channel, Sky Sports F1, with streaming services Sky Go and NOW TV both using the same broadcast feed.

Australia: Fox Sports is the place to go for F1 in Australia as well as streaming options on Foxtel Go and Kayo.

India: While there’s no terrestrial TV coverage of the race in India, fans can still follow the action both live and on catch-up via the FIA’s own streaming service; F1 TV Pro, or alternatively FanCode have the rights this season.

What time is F1 Chinese Grand Prix race today?

The 56-lap Chinese Grand Prix race begins at 3:00 p.m. local time (CST) from the Shanghai International Circuit, and here’s how that translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Start time
USA Sunday, April 21 3:00 a.m. ET
Canada Sunday, April 21 3:00 a.m. ET
UK Sunday, April 21 8:00 a.m. BST
Australia Sunday, April 21 5:00 p.m. AEST
India Sunday, April 21 12:30 p.m. IST

When is the next F1 race after the Chinese Grand Prix?

After back-to-back races in the Far East and three in a row on the Pacific Ocean coastline, this season’s 20 drivers will next head to the USA’s eastern seaboard for the Miami Grand Prix. One of the newest races on the F1 calendar having first taken place in 2022, the all-conquering Verstappen is the only driver to have tasted success at the Miami International Autodome thus far. 

The circuit at Miami’s International Autodome was purpose-built for this specific race, with the track layout and stadium itself being designed by Formula 1’s own engineers to provide a circuit with both familiarity and brand-new challenges for the drivers to face. 

Taking place on Sunday, May 5, 2024, the third edition of the Miami Grand Prix will see the weekend’s action start with the first practice session on Friday, May 3, leading into qualifying the day after before lights out in Sunday’s race at 4:00 p.m. local time (ET). 

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