Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

The 2020 Formula 1 season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5. Here’s how and when you can watch qualifying in your country.

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Following the coronavirus-induced hiatus, F1 will finally return to action at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg this weekend.

This would mark F1’s first championship race since last year’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after plans to start the new campaign in Australia in March were scuppered at the last minute.

With the reversed grid proposal rejected by Mercedes, F1 will rely on the traditional qualifying system to determine the grid for what would be the first of two races to be held at the Austrian circuit on back-to-back weekends.

All 20 cars will head on track for the 18-minute Q1 session from which the 15 fastest drivers will progress to the second leg of qualifying. Five more drivers will be eliminated in the 15-minute Q2 session, leaving 10 drivers to battle it out for pole position in Q3, which will be run over 12 minutes.

What time does qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix start?

Qualifying will kick off at 3pm local time in Austria and conclude at 4pm local time. 

  • Date: Saturday 4th July 2020 
  • Start time: 3pm CEST / 2pm BST / 9am ET / 6am PT / 11pm AEST / 6:30pm IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe: Viewers in the UK can tune into Sky Sports F1 to watch qualifying, while Sky TV will also broadcast the session in Italy. RTL will show the race in Germany, Movistar will telecast it in Spain and Canal+ will carry the coverage in France.

North America: Qualifying will be broadcast in the US on ESPN, in Mexico on Tudn and in Canada on TSN/RDS.

Asia: Most of Asia is covered by Fox Sports, including India where F1 is broadcast by sister channel Star Sports Select 2. Fuji TV Next will carry live qualifying coverage in Japan. 

Oceanica: Fox Sports 506 will bring live coverage of qualifying to viewers in Australia. Spark Sport will show qualifying in New Zealand.

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. Some local broadcasters such as Sky TV also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com is presenting its live coverage of qualifying straight from the Red Bull Ring. Click here for live text updates and pictures from the Austrian Grand Prix qualifying.

First practice (FP1) results:

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 42 1'04.816
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 38 1'05.172 0.356
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 37 1'05.418 0.602
4 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 41 1'05.431 0.615
5 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 33 1'05.512 0.696
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 41 1'05.621 0.805
7 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull 29 1'05.701 0.885
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 29 1'05.860 1.044
9 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 27 1'05.907 1.091
10 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 31 1'05.924 1.108
11 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 34 1'06.074 1.258
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 32 1'06.077 1.261
13 France Esteban Ocon
Renault 22 1'06.270 1.454
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 24 1'06.360 1.544
15 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 28 1'06.365 1.549
16 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 25 1'06.404 1.588
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 27 1'06.495 1.679
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 31 1'06.906 2.090
19 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri 19 1'06.943 2.127
20 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 6 1'46.361 41.545

Second practice (FP2) results:

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 42 1'04.304
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 37 1'04.501 0.197
3 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 48 1'04.945 0.641
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 48 1'04.961 0.657
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 36 1'04.972 0.668
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 38 1'05.087 0.783
7 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 48 1'05.135 0.831
8 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 41 1'05.215 0.911
9 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 46 1'05.298 0.994
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 37 1'05.352 1.048
11 France Esteban Ocon
Renault 42 1'05.415 1.111
12 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri 34 1'05.443 1.139
13 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull 47 1'05.453 1.149
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 49 1'05.608 1.304
15 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 44 1'05.678 1.374
16 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 50 1'05.908 1.604
17 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 51 1'06.016 1.712
18 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 40 1'06.125 1.821
19 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 44 1'06.278 1.974
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 45 1'07.124 2.820

Third practice (FP3) results:

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 21 1'04.130
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 22 1'04.277 0.147
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 20 1'04.413 0.283
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 19 1'04.605 0.475
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 19 1'04.703 0.573
6 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull 22 1'04.725 0.595
7 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 20 1'04.851 0.721
8 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 18 1'04.918 0.788
9 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 19 1'04.949 0.819
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 22 1'04.950 0.820
11 France Esteban Ocon
Renault 11 1'05.037 0.907
12 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 13 1'05.088 0.958
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 24 1'05.177 1.047
14 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri 24 1'05.290 1.160
15 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 18 1'05.363 1.233
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 21 1'05.565 1.435
17 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 18 1'05.648 1.518
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 16 1'05.654 1.524
19 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 19 1'05.773 1.643
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 6 1'07.049 2.919
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