F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2023 live: Verstappen starts from pole position


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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will go in search of his fifth race victory of the 2023 F1 season as he starts the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position.

The Dutchman put together another masterclass in qualifying yesterday around the Circuit de Catalunya to take the 24th pole of his career, the same amount as legendary drivers Niki Lauder and Nelson Piquet both managed. 

Another win this afternoon would almost certainly see Verstappen heavily extend his lead at the top of the World Drivers’ Championship standings as closest competitor and teammate Sergio Perez starts from P11 on the grid after disappointing in qualifying. 

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will also start down the pack in P19 after he failed to make any sort of impression during qualification for today’s race, whilst Mercedes’ George Russell begins in P12 after being knocked out in Q2. 

Home favourite Carlos Sainz starts P2 with McLaren’s Lando Norris in P3 after the British driver seriously impressed on Saturday in Barcelona. 

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F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2023 live updates, highlights: As it happens

1 hour and 15 minutes to lights out: Home favourite Carlos Sainz is Verstappen’s closest competitor today in terms of grid order and he’ll be hoping to pounce early on in this race if he’s to stand any chance of defeating the Dutchman in Barcelona. 

1 hour and 30 minutes to lights out: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix taking place at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Max Verstappen starts from pole position again as he looks to win for the fifth time this season.

Spanish Grand Prix 2023 starting grid

Position Driver
1 Max Verstappen
2 Carlos Sainz
3 Lando Norris
4 Lewis Hamilton
5 Lance Stroll
6 Esteban Ocon
7 Nico Hulkenberg
8 Fernando Alonso
9 Oscar Piastri
10 Pierre Gasly*
11 Sergio Perez
12 George Russell
13 Zhou Guanyu
14 Nyck De Vries
15 Yuki Tsunoda
16 Valtteri Bottas
17 Kevin Magnussen
18 Alex Albon
PIT Charles Leclerc
PIT Logan Sargeant

* denotes six-place grid penalty

What time does the F1 race start?

  • Date: Sunday, June 4
  • Start time: 14:00 BST / 09:00 ET / 23:00 AEDT / 15:00 local time

Sunday’s 2023 Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 15:00 local time. Lights out will take place just after 14:00 BST/09:00 ET.

Below is the complete schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Date Event Time (BST) Time (ET)  Time (AEST)
Friday, June 2 Practice 1 12:30 07:30 21:30
Friday, June 2 Practice 2 16:00 11:00 01:00 (Sat May 20)
Saturday, June 3 Practice 3 11:30 06:30 20:30
Saturday, June 3 Qualifying 15:00 10:00 00:00 (Sun May 21)
Sunday, June 4 Race 14:00 09:00 23:00 

MORE: F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2023: Time, schedule, TV channel, live stream for race week

What TV channel is the F1 on?

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV Channel Sky Sports F1 ESPN/ABC TSN (English); RDS (French) Fox Sports

Where can I live stream F1?

  UK USA Canada Australia
Live Stream NOW TV / Sky Go app ESPN+ fuboTV, TSN Direct Kayo

How to watch Formula 1 in the US

  • TV channel: ABC; ESPN
  • Live stream: FuboTV / Hulu / Sling TV

F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action in 2023 with all 23 races set to be shown live on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. For Spanish-language viewers, they can find live broadcasts on ESPN Deportes, though ESPNews and ESPNU will also show some practice and qualifying sessions live throughout the year.

As well as on the official F1 TV service, the action can be live streamed on Hulu + Live TV with subscriptions. Elsewhere, Sling TV will also show the action, as too will FuboTV in the US.

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 be streamed on fuboTV and 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 / Sky Go app

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 2023, you can watch via the Sky Go app if you’re an existing subscriber or 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 for the 2023 season.

How to watch Formula 1 in India

  • TV channel: N/A
  • Live stream: F1 TV Pro

No TV broadcast network is currently set to host the action throughout this year in India, though Formula 1 has launched F1 TV Pro in the country for the first time so fans can live stream the action. 

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