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2021 Turkish Grand Prix: All the build up as the drivers head to Turkey

The F1 2021 Seasonreturns this weekend with the Turkish Grand Prix!

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So, here's all the information you need to know about the Turkish GP, including TV schedules in the UK and US below.

Latest - Practice underway in Turkey!


Practice is underway at the Intercity Istanbul Park!

Make sure you know all the details on the timings of the practice, qualifying and race sessions which you can find out below.

Turkish Grand Prix Weekend Timetable

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Practice 1 - Friday, 8 October - 4:30-5:30am / 9:30-10:30am BST / 10:30-11:30am CET

Practice 2 - Friday, 8 October - 8-9am ET / 1-2pm BST / 2-3pm CET

Practice 3 - Saturday, 9 October - 5-6am ET / 10-11am BST / 12-1pm CET

Qualifying - Saturday, 9 October - 8-9am ET / 1-2pm BST / 2-3pm CET

Race - Sunday, 10 October - 8-10am ET / 1-3pm BST / 2-4pm CET

Intercity Istanbul Park circuit guide

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TRICKY TRACK - The record lap is still standing from 2005

First Grand Prix: 2005


Number of Laps: 58

Circuit Length: 5.338km

Race Distance: 309.396 km

Lap Record: 1:24.770 Juan Pablo Montoya (2005)

Sainz to start Turkish GP from the back of the grid

Carlos Sainz is set to start this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix from the back of the grid, after receiving the new hybrid system that teammate Charles Leclerc tried out at the previous race in Sochi.

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Leclerc admitted to being pleased with the boost in performance from the new hybrid system when he tried it at the Russian Grand Prix, with Leclerc quickly moving up the order in the race from his P19 starting position.

Ferrari has confirmed that both cars would now run the new system, with Sainz – who claimed his third podium of the season in Sochi – set to receive a whole new power unit, including the upgraded hybrid system.

How to watch the Turkish Grand Prix

You can watch the Turkish Grand Prix and every other race, qualifying and practise sessions this season, on Sky Sports F1, which costs £18 per month on Sky TV, or £43 per month if you are new to Sky.

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You can also watch the Turkish Grand Prix using Now TV, which offers Sky Sports Day Passes for £9.98, or monthly passes for £33.99.

Sky Sports Turkish GP Schedule

  • Practice 1 - From 9am on Friday, 8 October (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Practice 2 - From 12:45pm on Friday, 8 October (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Practice 3 - From 9:45am on Saturday, 9 October (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Qualifying - From 12:00pm on Saturday, 9 October (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Grand Prix Sunday - From 11:30pm (Race at 1pm) on Sunday, 10 October (Sky Sports F1 HD)

All times UK.

There will also be coverage of the Turkish GP on Channel 4.

Channel 4 Turkish GP Schedule

  • Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights - 6:30pm on Saturday, 9 October
  • Turkish Grand Prix Highlights - 6:30pm on Sunday, 10 October

All times UK.

In the USA, it's ESPN that will be providing comprehensive coverage of the F1 2021 Turkish Grand Prix and provide races on every other circuit in the months to come.

ESPN Turkish GP Schedule

  • Practice 1 - Friday, 8 October - From 4:25am (ESPN 2)
  • Practice 2 - Friday, 8 October - From 7:50am (ESPN 2)
  • Practice 3 - Saturday, 9 October - From 4:55am (ESPN 2)
  • Qualifying - Saturday, 9 October - From 7:55am (ESPN 2)
  • Grand Prix Sunday - Sunday, 10 October - From 6:30am (race at 8am) (ESPN 2)

All times Eastern.

US fans can also watch live F1 on YouTube TV, Sling TV and FuboTV.

2021 F1 Calendar

Coronavirus-related disruption means that like in 2020, we’ll see cars whizzing around tracks that don’t usually appear on the calendar.

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LIGHTS OUT: With pre-season testing now completed, the 2021 F1 calendar gets underway in Bahrain

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These include Australia, USA, Brazil, and perhaps most notably, Monaco.

28 March: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
18 April: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy
2 May: Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao
9 May: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
23 May: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
6 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
20 June: French Grand Prix, Le Castellet
27 June: Styrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
2 July: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
18 July: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
1 August: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
29 August: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
5 September: Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
12 September: Italian Grand Prix, Monza
26 September: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi
3 October: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
10 October: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
24 October: United States Grand Prix, Austin
31 October: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
7 November: Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo
21 November: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
5 December: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah
12 December: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, UAE

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