Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Portimao is hosting the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix on May 1st in your country.

Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Another Mercedes versus Red Bull shootout is expected at the Algarve circuit, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen favourites from their respective teams to top qualifying. Sergio Perez shouldn't be ruled out either after the Mexican outpaced his teammate Verstappen at Imola last time out, while Valtteri Bottas will be keen on bouncing back from a difficult run of races at the start of the season.

McLaren, AlphaTauri and Ferrari are all expected to join Mercedes and Red Bull in Q3 this time, while one of the drivers from Alpine or Aston Martin could also spring a surprise.

What time does qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix start?

Qualifying will begin at Portimao at 15:00 local time (+1 GMT). The three-part session will last approximately one hour.

  • Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 
  • Start time: 14:00 GMT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT / 00:00 AEST (Sunday) / 23:00 JST / 19:30 IST

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

2021 Formula 1 Portuguese session timings in different timezones

Session

GMT

BST

CEST

ET

PT

AEST

JST

IST

FP1

10:30

11:30

12:30

06:30

03:30

20:30

19:30

16:00

FP2

14:00

15:00

16:00

10:00

07:00

00:00*

23:00

19:30

FP3

11:00

12:00

13:00

07:00

04:00

21:00

20:00

16:30

Qualifying

14:00

15:00

16:00

10:00

07:00

00:00*

23:00

19:30

Race 

14:00

15:00

16:00

10:00

07:00

00:00*

23:00

19:30

*+1 day

How can I watch qualifying?

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

Europe

  • Austria - Servus TV / ORF
  • Belgium - RTBF
  • Denmark - TV3 / TV3 Sport / Viasat
  • Finland - MTV
  • France - Canal+
  • Germany - Sky
  • Hungary - M4
  • Italy - Sky
  • Netherlands - Ziggo
  • Poland - Eleven Sports
  • Portugal - Eleven Sports
  • Spain - Movistar / DAZN
  • Sweden - Viasat
  • Switzerland - SRF / RSI / RTS
  • UK - Sky Sports F1

Americas

  • USA - ESPN
  • Canada - RDS / TSN / Discovery Velocity
  • Latin America - Fox Sports / ESPN

Asia

  • China - CCTV / Tencent / Guangdong TV
  • India - Star Sports
  • Japan - Fuji Television
  • Russia - Match TV
  • Turkey - S Sport
  • Rest of Asia - Fox Sports

Oceania

  • Australia - Fox Sports / Network 10
  • New Zealand - Spark Sports

Africa

  • Africa - SuperSport

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 (UK), Movistar (Spain), Disney+ Hotstar (India) also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will bring the latest updates from Portimao throughout the weekend, including live commentary during qualifying on Saturday.

FP1 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'19.648
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'19.673 0.025
3 11 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 1'19.846 0.198
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'19.884 0.236
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1'19.967 0.319
6 10 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 1'20.444 0.796
7 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 1'20.529 0.881
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'20.635 0.987
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 1'20.680 1.032
10 31 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 1'20.800 1.152
11 18 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 1'20.894 1.246
12 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 1'20.995 1.347
13 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 1'21.090 1.442
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 1'21.303 1.655
15 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1'21.381 1.733
16 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 1'21.405 1.757
17 98 United Kingdom Callum Ilott
Alfa Romeo 1'21.806 2.158
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 1'21.939 2.291
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 1'22.293 2.645
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 1'24.224 4.576

FP2 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1'19.837
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'19.980 0.143
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'20.181 0.344
4 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 1'20.197 0.360
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 1'20.220 0.383
6 31 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 1'20.235 0.398
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'20.360 0.523
8 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 1'20.418 0.581
9 18 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 1'20.427 0.590
10 11 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 1'20.516 0.679
11 10 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 1'20.558 0.721
12 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'20.757 0.920
13 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 1'20.976 1.139
14 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 1'21.053 1.216
15 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 1'21.074 1.237
16 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1'21.225 1.388
17 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1'21.238 1.401
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 1'21.537 1.700
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 1'21.855 2.018
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 1'22.638 2.801
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