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F1 qualifying live: The battle for pole position at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix begins as Max Verstappen eyes fifth straight victory

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will embark on writing his name into the Formula One history books as he goes for his fifth race win in succession at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix this weekend.

After taking wins in France, Hungary, Belgium and last weekend at home track Zandvoort in the Netherlands, the Dutch driver will be looking to become just the eighth different driver in the sport’s history to record five straight victories. 

The most recent driver to complete that feat was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton back in 2020, though the British driver’s reactions left a lot to be desired when Verstappen passed him on the safety car restart to claim victory last weekend. 

Regardless, his and teammate George Russell’s pace in the Netherlands proved a wake up call for their rivals and both will be expected to challenge at the top of the order in qualifying for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix on Saturday. 

Ferrari will also be hoping to receive a homecoming boost in Monza after a string of high profile strategic errors have left them vulnerable to a Mercedes attack in the constructors championship. Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have held the upper hand in free practice so far this weekend but it’s yet to be seen if they can challenge for pole position around this famous track. 

The ‘Prancing Horse’ cars will also be wearing a one-off special yellow highlighted livery for the race as they celebrate 75 years in the sport. 

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F1 Italian Grand Prix qualifying commentary, highlights

45 minutes to go: Well I guess there’s only one place to start this race weekend and that’s with the very long list of penalties that drivers are taking for the race on Sunday as listed below: 

Verstappen – 5 place penalty
Ocon – 5 place penalty
Perez – 10 place penalty
Bottas – 15 place penalty
Magnussen – 15 place penalty
Schumacher – 15 place penalty
Sainz -Back of grid penalty
Hamilton – Back of grid penalty
Tsunoda – Back of grid penalty

As such, there’s definitely a feeling around the paddock here in Monza that it’s Charles Leclerc’s race to lose unless something goes terribly wrong in this afternoon’s qualifying for Ferrari.. 

1 hour to go: F1 returns for a third successive weekend as Max Verstappen looks to make it five victories in-a-row at the famous Italian Grand Prix held at Monza. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest from today’s qualifying! 

In case you missed it, there was a late change in one of the Williams’ cockpits as Alex Albon has been deemed unfit to race this weekend by doctors due to a bout of appendicitis. The team’s reserve driver Nyck De Vries will therefore take the wheel for his first ever F1 qualifying and subsequent race. 

What channel is the F1 race on?

  • Race: Italian Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, Sep. 11
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

What time does the F1 race start?

  • Date: Sunday, Sep. 11
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)

Sunday’s 2022 Italian Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 9 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show typically airs in the hour before the start of the race.

Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Dutch Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Date Event Time (ET) TV channel
Friday, Aug. 26 Practice 1 8 a.m. ESPNU
Friday, Aug. 26 Practice 2 11 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, Aug. 27 Practice 3 7 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, Aug. 27 Qualifying 10 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, Aug. 28 Race 9 a.m. ESPN

Formula 1 live stream for the Italian Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, five major OTT TV streaming options carry the ESPN networks — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and DirecTV Stream. 

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but won’t be in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2022 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.

Formula 1 schedule 2022

There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.

The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.

Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.

The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was canceled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Winner (Team)
March 20 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11 a.m. ESPN Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
March 27 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Street Circuit 1 p.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
April 10 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit 1 a.m. ESPN Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
April 24 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Imola Circuit 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 8 Miami Grand Prix Miami International Autodrome 3:30 p.m. ABC Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 22 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 a.m. ESPN2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 29 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 9 a.m. ESPN Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 12 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit 7 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 19 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gillies-Villenueve 2 p.m. ABC Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 3 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 10 a.m. TBD Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
July 10 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. TBD Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
July 24 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Aug. 28 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 4 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort 9 a.m. TBD Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 11 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 9 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 2 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 9 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course 1 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 23 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas 3 p.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 30 Mexico City Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 4 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 13 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Interlagos Circuit 2 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 20 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

  • TV channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Live stream: NOW TV

Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP.


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