F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Start time, TV channel, live stream for 2019 race

The F1 2019 schedule reaches its third race of the season Sunday, the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. As will be the case for much of the 2019 season, ESPN2 will be the TV channel that will broadcast this weekend’s Formula One race, with a start time of 2:05 a.m. ET on Sunday (or, essentially, Saturday night). The Chinese Grand Prix also can be live streamed via the ESPN app.

Sunday’s race in China will be the 1,000th Grand Prix in 70 years of F1 racing. It will be the 16th edition of the Chinese Grand Prix. Naturally, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, the driver with the second most wins in Formula One history, will be the favorite to add to his total of 74 career victories.

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Yes, Hamilton has won five times in China (four from pole), and no other driver has won in China more than twice. It is also true that Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas have the opportunity earn Mercedes GP one-two finishes in each of the opening three Grand Prix races of the season for the first time since 1992, when Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese did it for Williams. But the dominance of the Mercedes team this season has developed alongside the struggles of Ferrari.

The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel seemed to have things figured out a couple weeks ago when they qualified first and second, respectively, for the Bahrain Grand Prix. But Leclerc finished third, and Vettal finished fifth. If Vettel fails to finish on the podium in China, the German will have failed to reach the podium in the opening three races of the season for the first time since 2008, when he was with Toro Rosso.

Also looking to get back on track in China is Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, who is third in the F1 driver standings behind Bottas and Hamilton. After his win in Mexico last year, Verstappen has failed to better his finish from each previous race; he finished second in Brazil, third in Abu Dhabi and Australia, then fourth in Bahrain.

Below is all you need to know regarding how to watch the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix, the third race of the F1 schedule, including the TV channel, live stream info and start time for Sunday’s race.

F1 2019 Chinese Grand Prix start time, how to watch

  • Date: Sunday, April 14
  • Time: 2 a.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN2
  • Live stream: ESPN app

F1 TV schedule, live stream for Chinese Grand Prix

As it has in years past, in the United States, ESPN will broadcast Sky Sports’ presentation of 2019 F1 races.

Below is the TV and live streaming schedule for Chinese Grand Prix qualifying and race presentations on ESPN platforms Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 12

Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

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Chinese Grand Prix qualifying results, starting lineup

F1 qualifying for the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 15 at 1:55 a.m. ET and will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 with a live stream available on the ESPN app.

The F1 qualifying results for the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will be posted upon completion of Saturday’s session.

Chinese Grand Prix 2019 facts, notes

F1 Opta facts:

  • This race will be the 1000th Grand Prix in F1 after 70 years of history. It will be the 16th edition of the Chinese GP.
  • The next driver to secure a maiden career pole position will be the 100th different driver to do so in F1 history. Eligibile to do so is anyone except the Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault drivers or Kimi Raikkonen and Robert Kubica.
  • No driver in F1 history has recorded the fastest lap in back-to-back races in China. Daniel Ricciardo set the quickest time around the Shanghai International Circuit last year.
  • No F1 driver has won more often in Asia (27) than Vettel. However, China is where the German has recorded the joint fewest wins in this continent (one, 2018, same as Turkey).
  • Hamilton has won five times in China (four from pole). No other driver has won in China more than twice in the history of this race (Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg).
  • Hamilton is one pole position away from reaching his seventh in China, the second most in his F1 career after Australia (eight).
  • If Mercedes GP earns at least 24 points Sunday, it will reach at least 284 points in China, more than at any other circuit for the German team ever.
  • Mercedes GP has the opportunity to record one-two finishes in each of the opening three GPs of the season for the first time since 1992, when Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese did it for Williams.
  • If both Renault drivers fail to finish the Chinese GP, it will be the first time since the 1984 United States GP that two Renault drivers have retired from two races in a row (Patrick Tambay and Dereck Warwick).
  • If Hamilton takes the pole position in China, the Mercedes GP driver will have won as many pole positions as the rest of the current grid combined (85).
  • If Vettel fails to finish on the podium in China, the German will have failed to reach the podium in the opening three races of the season for the first time since 2008, when he was with Toro Rosso.
  • If he wins in China, Leclerc will become the third youngest driver to win an F1 race (21 years, five months and 30 days), after Verstappen and Vettel.
  • After his win in Mexico, Verstappen has failed to better his finish from each previous race: second in Brazil, third in Abu Dhabi and Australia, and fourth in Bahrain.
  • Ricciardo reaches the podium in China, the Aussie will surpass 1,000 points in F1, becoming the second Australian to reach this milestone after Max Webber (1047.5 points).
  • Ricciardo failed to finish in Australia and Bahrain. The Renault driver has never gone three F1 races without finishing in his career.
  • Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg is one race away from surpassing Martin Brundle as the driver with the third most races without registering a victory (158). Meanwhile, Racing Points’ Sergio Pérez is one race away from equaling the Brit in this ranking.
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Lando Norris (McLaren) are the only two drivers to have lost positions on the first lap of each of the two GP races.

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