British Grand Prix: When is it, what time does it start, session times and schedule

The fourth round of the 2020 Formula One season sees motorsport return to the United Kingdom as Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix in the first of a back-to-back double-header.

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One of the crown jewels on the calendar, F1 returns to where it all began at the Northamptonshire circuit as Lewis Hamilton looks to record his seventh victory on home soil, which would help to increase his lead in the drivers’ championship over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The fast, sweeping Silverstone is track is likely to suit the style of this year’s Mercedes engine, meaning a long weekend could be in store for Red Bull and Ferrari, the latter of which is likely to really suffer due to the deficit in their power unit this season that could result in more hard times for Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

It could mean that Mercedes’ nearest competitors prove to be Racing Point, though news rocked the paddock late on Thursday night after their driver Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus, meaning he will miss the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about the British Grand Prix.

When is it?

The British Grand Prix takes place across 31 July – 2 August 2020.

What time does each session start?


Free practice 1: 11am – 12:30pm BST

Free practice 2: 3pm – 4:30pm BST


Free practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST

Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST


Race: 2:10pm – 4:10pm BST

How can I watch it?

All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.

In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, but Channel 4 is able to show every session from the British Grand Prix live this weekend.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the British Grand Prix:


Free practice 1: 10:30am – 12:50am BST – (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 10:55am – 12:35pm BST (Channel 4)

Free practice 2: 2:45pm – 4:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky Sports Main Event), 2:35pm – 4:35pm BST (Channel 4)


Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 10:55am – 12pm BST (Channel 4)

Qualifying: 1pm – 3:35pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 1pm – 4pm BST (Channel 4)


Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One), 1pm – 6pm BST (Channel 4)

Highlights: 6:30pm – 7:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1 + Sky One), 11:45pm – 12:45am BST (Channel 4)

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Drier changes

With Sergio Perez ruled out of action, Racing Point will have to make a decision on who to replace the Mexican with as they intend on racing two cars this weekend. Esteban Gutierrez is one option, with the Mercedes reserve driver the allocated back-up for Racing Point this weekend as Stoffel Vandoorne is unavailable. But Gutierrez has not raced an F1 car since leaving Alfa Romeo (formerly Sauber) at the end of 2014.

A more recent and likely option is Nico Hulkenberg, with the German missing out on a seat in 2020 after being replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon. Hulkenberg drove for the Racing Point team in their former guise as Force India in 2012 and from 2014 to 2016.

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