British Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Rachit Thukral
·4-min read

Mercedes has dominated qualifying in each of the three rounds so far, with Valtteri Bottas taking pole in the Austrian GP season opener and Lewis Hamilton topping the times in qualifying in the following two races at the Red Bull Ring and Hungaroring.

Not only has Hamilton won the British Grand Prix five times in the last six years - and six times in total -  he has also scored pole positions at Silverstone four times since the start of the hybrid era in 2014. 

Bottas outqualified Hamilton by just 0.006s last year, but the Englishman fought back in the race to claim a dominant 24-second win over his Mercedes teammate. 

Sergio Perez will not take part in the British Grand Prix weekend after testing positive for coronavirus

Perez has been replaced by Nico Hulkenberg, who previously drove for the Silverstone-based team during its Force India guise in 2012 and again from 2014-16. 

Hulkenberg set the seventh fastest time in FP2, which was topped by teammate Lance Stroll.

What time does qualifying for the British Grand Prix start?

Qualifying for the British Prix will begin 2pm local time in the UK and conclude at 3pm local time. 

Date: Saturday August 1 2020  Start time: 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 9am ET / 6am PT / 10pm JST / 11pm AEST / 6:30pm IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe: Qualifying for the British GP will be broadcast on both Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4. Sky TV will also broadcast qualifying in Italy. RTL will show qualifying in Germany, Movistar will telecast it in Spain and Canal+ will carry the coverage in France.

North America: Qualifying will be broadcast in the US on ESPN, in Mexico on Tudn and in Canada on TSN/RDS.

Asia: Most of Asia is covered by Fox Sports, including India where F1 is broadcast by sister channel Star Sports Select 2. Fuji TV Next will carry live qualifying coverage in Japan. 

Oceanica: Fox Sports 506 will bring live coverage of qualifying to viewers in Australia. Spark Sport will show qualifying in New Zealand.

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. Some local broadcasters such as Sky TV also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will be presenting its live coverage of qualifying straight from Silverstone. Make sure to check our website for live updates throughout the session.

British Grand Prix - FP1 results:

1

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

1'27.422

2

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'27.896

0.474

3

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

1'28.004

0.582

4

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

1'28.129

0.707

5

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

1'28.221

0.799

6

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'28.519

1.097

7

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

1'28.559

1.137

8

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

1'28.575

1.153

9

Germany

Nico Hulkenberg

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

1'28.592

1.170

10

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

1'28.868

1.446

11

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

1'28.909

1.487

12

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

1'28.988

1.566

13

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

1'28.990

1.568

14

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

1'29.532

2.110

15

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

1'29.576

2.154

16

Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

1'29.746

2.324

17

United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

1'29.899

2.477

18

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

1'29.925

2.503

19

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

1'30.703

3.281

20

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

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British Grand Prix - FP2 results:

1

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

1'27.274

2

Thailand

Alex Albon

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

1'27.364

0.090

3

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'27.431

0.157

4

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

1'27.570

0.296

5

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'27.581

0.307

6

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

1'27.820

0.546

7

Germany

Nico Hulkenberg

Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20

Racing Point

1'27.910

0.636

8

France

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

1'27.997

0.723

9

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.20

Renault

1'28.112

0.838

10

Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

1'28.159

0.885

11

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL35

McLaren

1'28.169

0.895

12

France

Esteban Ocon

Renault R.S.20

Renault

1'28.219

0.945

13

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39

Alfa Romeo

1'28.256

0.982

14

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16

Red Bull

1'28.390

1.116

15

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda AT01

AlphaTauri

1'28.426

1.152

16

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

1'28.564

1.290

17

United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

1'28.771

1.497

18

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF1000

Ferrari

1'28.860

1.586

19

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-20

Haas

1'28.898

1.624

20

Canada

Nicholas Latifi

Williams-Mercedes FW43

Williams

1'29.958

2.684

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