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Formula 1: how to watch the world motorsport championship in 2021 | Digital Trends Spanish

With two Spanish and one Mexican drivers competing, as well as a record number of races, the 2021 season of the Formula 1 World Championship is underway. But do you know how to follow it? Next, we tell you how and where to see Formula 1 so that you do not miss any detail of the so-called “great circus”.

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How and when is the Formula 1 World Championship held

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The 2021 Formula 1 season sees a record 23 races, after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was added. The championship ends on December 12, 2021 at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The tournament has a ranking system that awards scores in descending order to the first ten positions (for both drivers and constructors), starting with 25 points for the winner of each Grand Prize up to 1 point. In addition, the driver who makes the fastest lap will have 1 additional point, provided he finishes within the top ten.

These are the races scheduled for 2021:

Big prize Circuit Date
Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 28th March *
Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola April 18th *
Grand Prix of Portugal Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão May 2 *
Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit, Montmeló May 9 *
Monaco Grand Prix Circuit of Monaco, Monte Carlo may 23 *
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku street circuit, Baku June 6th *
French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet June 20th *
Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg June 27th *
Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg July 4th *
Great Britain Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone July 18 *
Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Mogyoród August 1 *
Belgian Grand Prix Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, Spa August 29
Netherlands Grand Prix Zandvoort Circuit, Zandvoort September 5
Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza September 12
Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrome, Sochi September 26
Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Circuit, Istanbul October 3
Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka October 10th
United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin October 24th
Grand Prix of Mexico City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 31 October
São Paulo Grand Prix Autodromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo November 7
To be confirmed To be confirmed November 21
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Street Circuit, Jeddah December 5th
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi December 12th

* Race already contested.

What are the F1 teams and their drivers

Lewis Hamilton at the Formula 1 world championship
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With the British Lewis Hamilton and the German Mercedes team as the (only) protagonists of the last seven years, for 2021 there were a series of movements at the level of teams and drivers that could make it more competitive.

Hamilton has won six of the last seven tournaments and only finished second in 2016, when his teammate, German Nico Rosberg, prevailed in a close fratricidal fight.

Among the main novelties at the driver level are the return to the circuit of Spanish Fernando Alonso after two years of absence, the arrival of Mexican Sergio Pérez to Ferrari or the debut of Mick Schumacher, the son of the historic German driver Michael Schumacher.

As for the teams, the premiere of Aston Martin, which had not competed since 1960, and the change of name of the French Renault to Alpine F1 Team stand out as a commercial strategy to promote the latter brand.

Team Pilots
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Lewis hamilton Valtteri Bottas
Red Bull Racing Honda Sergio perez Max verstappen
McLaren F1 Team Daniel Ricciardo Lando norris
Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team Sebastian vettel Lance Stroll
Alpine F1 Team Fernando Alonso Esteban Ocon
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz Jr.
AlphaTauri Honda Pierre Gasly Yuki tsunoda
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Kimi Räikkönen Antonio Giovinazzi
Uralkali Haas F1 Team Nikita mazepinn Mick schumacher
Williams Racing Nicholas latifi George Russell

Who are the Ibero-American F1 drivers

Sergio Pérez (Mexico)

Sergio Pérez in the Formula 1 world championship
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The only Mexican who managed to win two F1 Grand Prix (Sakhir GP, 2020; Monaco GP, 2021) joined the Austrian team Red Bull Honda in the 2021 season, which in 2020 finished in second place for manufacturers. The “Checo” made his Formula 1 debut in 2011 with the defunct Sauber team.

Fernando Alonso (Spain)

Fernando Alonso in the Formula 1 World Championship
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The Spanish Fernando Alonso had left Formula 1 in 2018, to dedicate himself to competing in emblematic races, such as the 24 hours of Daytona or the Dakar Rally. In 2021 he returned to the circuit in the French Alpine team, Renault’s successor. With it, the Iberian was world champion in 2005 and 2006, ending the hegemony of Michael Schumacher.

Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain)

Carlos Sainz Jr. in the Formula 1 world championship
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The Spanish Carlos Sainz Vázquez, better known as Carlos Sainz Jr., joined the Italian Ferrari team in 2021, after an auspicious 2020 at McLaren. The son of world rally champion Carlos Sainz arrived on a mission to re-green the laurels of Ferrari, which has not won a constructors’ title since 2008.

How to watch the 2021 F1 season

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To watch the 2021 season you can take advantage of the cable television channels that have the transmission rights of the competition or some of the offers of streaming available.

Latin America

In Latin America, the content will be available through the STAR Action cable television channel. Although Star Action is owned by Disney, F1 has not been considered for the service of streaming Star Plus, unlike LaLiga or the Premier League.

United States

In the United States, the transmission rights are in the hands of ESPN, also owned by Disney, so it is possible to access the competition through any operator that has this channel.

However, if you do not have cable you can also access through the services of streaming ESPN Plus, Hulu with Live TV, with YouTube TV, Fubo TV or Sling TV (the latter include the ESPN channel).


In Spain, the broadcasting rights are in the hands of the DAZN F1 channel. This service is available to users of the cable operator Movistar + or of the streaming DAZN.


A universal alternative to not miss any detail of the 2021 season is to contract directly F1TV, the official signal of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The platform offers you two subscription plans: F1TV Pro ($ 80 per year), which provides access to all races; and F1TV Access ($ 27 per year), which only gives you access to replays and on-demand races.

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