F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Race start time, how to watch race and more

F

ormula One heads to Barcelona this weekend for a Spanish Grand Prix which promises to continue an enthralling 2022 season.

Max Verstappen held off a late charge from Charles Leclerc to win in Miami a fortnight ago and ensure that the Ferrari driver’s championship lead remains within touching distance.

Leclerc has enjoyed a brilliant weekend thus far, topping all the charts in practice and taking pole on Saturday.

While F1 enjoyed the glitz and the glamour of a new location last time out, a trip to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya represents a return to one of the sport’s traditional homes.

The locals will be out in force supporting Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso – the veteran potentially for the last time – with both drivers victims of unforced errors in recent races.

This may be the second European race of the season but it is the first major chance for teams to bring significant upgrades to their cars this season.

As such, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will once again be subject to much interest in their battle to revive an ailing campaign.

Here are all the details ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix…

When is the F1 Spanish Grand Prix?

The F1 Spanish Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

What time is the F1 Spanish Grand Prix?

The weekend got underway on Friday with first practice at 1pm BST before the second session at 4pm. Charles Leclerc dominated the opening two practice sessions to suggest Ferrari’s new upgrades will help take the title fight to Red Bull.

Third practice starts the track action on Saturday at 12pm and qualifying begins at 3pm.

On race day, lights out is scheduled for 2pm BST.

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How can I watch the F1 Spanish Grand Prix?

TV channel: The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with coverage beginning at 12.30pm before lights out at 2pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in online via the Sky Go app.

Free highlights: Channel 4 will be airing full free-to-air race highlights at 6.30pm on Sunday evening.

Live blog: You can keep up to date with the race as it happens via Standard Sport’s live blog, with Matt Majendie at the track to provide expert analysis.

Who is on pole for the F1 Spanish Grand Prix?

Charles Leclerc took pole on Saturday after a dramatic final lap.

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz will also start in the front row.