F1 Qatar GP 2023: Where and how to watch?
Despite being one of the newest additions to the F1 circus, the Qatar GP promises to be an exhilarating race, thanks in part to the track’s fast-paced nature. Furthermore, with the sprint race making a comeback, let’s take a preview of the Qatar GP.
The 5.4 km Lusail circuit was initially designed for MotoGP. However, after the event’s success, the track was adapted for F1 racing, boasting multiple high-speed and medium-speed corners. Additionally, the venue’s capacity has surged remarkably, rising from 8,000 in 2021 to an impressive 40,000 this weekend. Moreover, the pit and paddock complex has undergone a substantial revamp.
Max Verstappen’s third title
Max Verstappen’s 2023 F1 season has been nothing short of magical, with the Dutchman winning ten races in a row. Although the Singapore GP marked the end of his streak, his dominant show in Japan testified that Singapore was just a one-off incident.
Perhaps the most exciting news of the weekend is the potential for Max Verstappen to clinch his third world championship at the Sprint race in Qatar. This would not only mark his championship win six races before the season’s end but also further solidify his position as one of F1’s all-time greats.
- Formula 1: Longest intervals between Grand Prix races for F1 constructor teams
- F1 2024 calendar: Everything we know so far
- Formula 1: Top five drivers with most consecutive laps led
- Formula 1: Top six drivers with most consecutive podium finishes in F1 history
- Formula 1: Teams with most consecutive wins in F1 history
- Formula 1: F1 constructors with most wins
Battle for second in the Constructors championship
While Red Bull has already secured the constructors’ championship, the battle for second in the tables is heating up. This is because Aston Martin, initially ahead, has been out-developed by Mercedes, Ferrari, and even McLaren. Moreover, with Ferrari clearly showing a resurgence in form, Mercedes needs to step up their game to hold on to the second place.
Lawson still racing
Despite earlier reports suggesting Daniel Ricciardo’s return during the Qatar GP, new reports suggest that the Australian driver will miss the race due to the intense heat on the track, coupled with his injury taking longer than expected to recover.
Qatar GP updated schedule
The Qatar GP will follow the new sprint shootout Formula 1 format, featuring one practice session and race qualifying on Friday, sprint qualifying and sprint race on Saturday and the main race on Sunday.
October 6 (Friday)
- Free Practice 1: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm IST (2:30 pm-3:30 pm BST)
- Race Qualifying: 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm IST (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm BST)
October 7 (Saturday)
- Sprint Qualifying: 6:30 pm – 7:14 pm IST (2:00 pm-2:44 pm BST)
- Sprint Race: 11:00 pm – 12:00 am IST (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm BST)
October 8 (Sunday)
- Race: 10:30 pm – 12:30 am IST (18:00 pm – 20:00 pm BST)
F1 Qatar GP 2023 telecast and streaming details
Full list of countries and channels that broadcast Formula 1 around the world.
|AUSTRALIA||Fox SportsFoxtelKayoNetwork Ten|
|CHINA||CCTVShanghai TVGuangdong Television ChannelTencent|
|CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA||AMC|
|FINLAND||ViaplayV sport +V sport 1|
|HONG KONG||beIN SPORTS|
|HUNGARY||M4 (MTVA Sports Channel)|
|INDIA||F1 TV Pro|
|IN-SHIP & IN-FLIGHT||Sport 24Sport 24 Extra|
|KOSOVO||Sport KlubArtmotion Kosovo|
|LUXEMBOURG||RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg|
|MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI||beIN SPORTS|
|MEXICO||Fox Sports Mexico|
|MYANMAR||Canal+ SportsCanal+ ACTION|
|NEW ZEALAND||Sky NZ|
|NORWAY||V sport 1V sport +Viaplay|
|PAPUA NEW GUINEA & PACIFIC ISLANDS||TVWAN Sports|
|ROMANIA||DigisportOrange SportPrima Sport|
|SOUTH KOREA||Coupang Play|
|SPAIN AND ANDORRA||F1 DAZN|
|SWEDEN||ViaplayV sport motorTV10|
|TURKEY||S SportS Sport Plus|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Sky SportsC4|