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F1 qualifying start time: What time qualifying begins for Brazilian Grand Prix, how long it lasts on Friday

F1 is back for the Brazilian Grand Prix in São Paulo. The first day of qualifying is scheduled for Friday and we run through some key details.

A general view of the circuit during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Formula One is in São Paulo, Brazil this weekend for the latest race, and the final race of their run through the western hemisphere. The Brazilian Grand Prix airs Sunday at noon ET on ESPN2 and will be available via live stream at WatchESPN.

The starting grid for Sunday’s race will be determined by two days of qualifying. Normally, F1 qualifying features three qualifying periods across an hour on Saturday. However, the Brazilian Grand Prix is the third of three races this season that combine traditional qualifying with a sprint race.

On Friday, there will be traditional qualifying to determine the starting grid for Saturday’s 100-km sprint race. It will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET and air on ESPNU. It features a 20-minute period in which all 20 cars try to secure the fastest time and the five slowest cars placed in spots 16-20 of the starting grid. The second qualifying period is 15 minutes and the five slowest of the remaining 15 cards are slotted in spots 11-15. The final ten minutes feature the 10 remaining cars competing for the fastest time to secure pole position.

On Saturday, the sprint race will run from 2:30 to 3 p.m. to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

Max Verstappen is the favorite to be the fastest qualifier at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is installed at -105, and is followed by Lewis Hamilton (+175), Valtteri Bottas (+550), and Sergio Pérez (+900).

How to watch qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix

Date: Friday, November 12
Time: 2 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPNU
Live stream: WatchESPN

Entry list

2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, starting grid for Saturday sprint

Pos Driver Car No.
Pos Driver Car No.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 44
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 33
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 77
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing 11
5 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 10
6 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Scuderia Ferrari 55
7 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 16
8 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 4
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren F1 Team 3
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 14
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 31
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 5
13 Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 22
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 7
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 99
16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 18
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 6
18 George Russell Williams Racing 63
19 Mick Schumacher Uralkali Haas F1 Team 47
20 Nikita Mazepin Uralkali Haas F1 Team 9