From June 18 to 20, the Paul Ricard circuit will host the 7th stage of the F1 season. How to watch the French Grand Prix? Is it broadcast in the clear?
Canceled last year due to the health crisis, the Formula 1 French Grand Prix is back to business. This is the 17e edition organized at Castellet (Var), the 3e only since the reinstatement of the event in the calendar of the discipline. The two previous editions, in 2018 and 2019, had delivered a similar verdict: a victory of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) from pole position after a little hectic race. If he managed the pass of three this year, the Briton would regain the status of leader of the Drivers’ World Championship, currently held by his rival Max Verstappen (Red Bull) for four points. The two French pilots of the plateau, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine), will also be keen to shine, in front of their audience.
Departure at 3 p.m. on Canal +
Initially, the 2021 edition was to be contested from June 25 to 27. But the addition to these dates of a second race in Austria, under the label of GP of Styria, forced the organizers of the Grand Prix de France to advance their test by a week. From then on, the single-seaters will put their wheels on the circuit Paul Ricard, long de 5,842 km, starting this Friday, June 18. The two free practice sessions of the day are broadcast live on Canal + Sport, as is the third session the next day at noon. Saturday afternoon, the channel Canal+ takes over to retransmit the qualifications at 3 p.m..
The GP of France in clear?
Sunday June 20, departure of the French Grand Prix will also be given to 15 hours. The race will be on display at Canal+, after rising the gate, but also C8 in the context of a free-to-air broadcast. Moreover, be aware that the unencrypted broadcasting of the French GP constitutes a legal obligation, according to the decree of December 22, 2004, because it is a major sporting event, in the same way as the summer and winter Olympic Games, the finals of major football and rugby competitions, as well as those of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament or the cycling Tour de France in particular. However, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans event is not on this list. In addition, the subscription to official service of the discipline, called F1 TV Pro, requires 64.99 euros for one year, or 7.99 euros for a month.
Friday, June 18, 2021
- 11:10 am – DIRECT Free practice 1 (Canal + Sport)
- 13h40 – DIRECT F3 Qualifications (Canal+Sport)
- 2:30 p.m. – DIRECT Free practice 2 (Canal + Sport)
Saturday June 19, 2021
- 10h00 – DIRECT F3 Course 1 (Canal+Sport)
- 11:40 am – DIRECT Free practice 3 (Canal + Sport)
- 2:50 p.m. – DIRECT Qualifications (Canal + in France / Tip! K in Belgium / RTS in Switzerland)
- 16h30 – DIRECT F3 Course 2 (Canal+Sport)
- 8:40 p.m. – Qualifications rebroadcast (Canal + Sport)
Sunday, June 20, 2021
- 10:00 am – Qualifications rebroadcast (Canal + Sport)
- 11h30 – DIRECT F3 Course 3 (Canal+Sport)
- 2:00 p.m. – DIRECT La Grille (Canal + Décalé)
- 2:40 p.m. – DIRECT EN CLAIR Grand Prix de France (C8 in France)
- 2:55 p.m. – DIRECT Grand Prix de France (Canal + in France / Tip! K in Belgium / RTS in Switzerland)
- 5:00 p.m. – DIRECT Formula One, the debrief (Canal +)
- 6:35 p.m. – Grand Prix replay (Canal + Sport)
Monday, June 21, 2021
- 11:10 am – Grand Prix replay (Canal + Sport)
- 1:10 p.m. – Formula One replay, the debrief (Canal + Sport)
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