What time is the Spanish Grand Prix? Start time details and how to watch for free

Mark Scott
Track ambiance during the build up to the Spanish GP. Spain May 2022

A generic photograph of track ambiance during the build up to the Spanish GP. Spain May 2022

Round seven of the F1 2023 season sees the drivers and teams swap Monte Carlo for Barcelona at the Spanish Grand Prix.

With the tight and twisty street circuit at Monaco negotiated, attention now turns to a much more traditional track – the Circuit de Catalunya.

Here are the all-important start times for you this coming race weekend to ensure you don’t miss a second of the track action.

What time is the Spanish Grand Prix?

The Monaco Grand Prix represented the start of the European leg of the F1 2023 calendar, even if there is a random trip to Canada in between the Spanish Grand Prix and the next European stop at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Canada aside, F1 fans can now expect to see some consistency in F1 start times, with European races now traditionally getting underway at 1500 local time – but what does that mean for your time zone?

Los Angeles: 0600 start
Vancouver: 0600 start
Mexico City: 0700 start
Austin: 0800 start
Miami: 0900 start
Montreal: 0900 start
Sao Paulo: 1000 start
London: 1400 start
Cape Town: 1500 start
Paris: 1500 start
Helsinki: 1600 start
Jeddah: 1600 start
Istanbul: 1600 start
Yas Marina: 1700 start
New Delhi: 1830 start
Shanghai: 2100 start
Perth: 2100 start
Seoul: 2200 start
Tokyo: 2200 start
Melbourne: 2300 start
Auckland: 0100 start

What are the F1 start times for the entire Spanish Grand Prix weekend?

The traditional race weekend format is in place for the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix with first and second practice to be run on Friday, June 2, FP3 and qualifying to follow on Saturday, June 3 and the race itself on Sunday, June 4.

Here are all the session times you need to know for this weekend:

Friday June 2: FP1 – 1330-1430 local time [1230-1330 BST]
Friday June 2: FP2 – 1700-1800 local time [1600-1700 BST]
Saturday June 3: FP3 – 1230-1330 local time [1130-1230 BST]
Saturday June 3: Qualifying – 1600-1700 local time [1500-1600 BST]
Sunday June 4: Race – 1500 local time [1400 BST]

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F1 live stream: How can I watch the Spanish Grand Prix?

The Spanish Grand Prix is available to watch live on the following channels in these major markets in 2023:

Australia: Fox Sports
Austria: Sky Sport F1, ORF, Servus TV [live races split between them]
Brazil: TV Bandeirantes, BandSports
Canada: RDS, TSN
China: Great Sport (RTS) [Shanghai only], CCTV, Guangdong Sports [broadcast in Guangdong only]
France: Canal
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Italy: Sky Sport F1, TV8
Japan: Fuji TV Next
Netherlands: Viaplay Xtra [free-to-air highlights on NOS]
Spain: DAZN F1, Mediaset
United Kingdom and Ireland: Sky Sports F1 [free-to-air highlights on Channel 4]
United States: ESPN, Spanish language broadcast available on ESPN Deportes

For those looking to watch live races online, F1 TV Pro is available in selected countries, which allows you to watch every session live, have access to exclusive live timing, documentaries and live shows – and is available to watch on any of your chosen devices via web, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku and Chromecast.

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Viewers in Germany can watch the Spanish Grand Prix for FREE this weekend with Sky Deutschland announcing their coverage will be free to watch via their official YouTube channel, app and website.

The decision was made after the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, which should have been one of four free-to-air races this season in Germany, was cancelled due to extreme flooding at Imola and the surrounding region.

Unfortunately, the race will not be free to watch in UK.

F1 2023 standings: How do the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships look?

Fernando Alonso congratulates Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Monaco May 2023.
Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen embrace after the conclusion of the race. Monaco May 2023.

Drivers’ Championship standings:

1 Max Verstappen 144 points
2 Sergio Perez 105
3 Fernando Alonso 93
4 Lewis Hamilton 69
5 George Russell 50
6 Carlos Sainz 48
7 Charles Leclerc 42
8 Lance Stroll 27
9 Esteban Ocon 21
10 Pierre Gasly 14
11 Lando Norris 12
12 Nico Hulkenberg 6
13 Oscar Piastri 5
14 Valtteri Bottas 4
15 Zhou Guanyu 2
16 Yuki Tsunoda 2
17 Kevin Magnussen 2
18 Alexander Albon 1
19 Nyck De Vries 0
20 Logan Sargeant 0

Constructors’ Championship standings:

1 Red Bull 249 points
2 Aston Martin 120
3 Mercedes 119
4 Ferrari 90
5 Alpine 35
6 McLaren 17
7 Haas 8
8 Alfa Romeo 6
9 AlphaTauri 2
10 Williams 1