2023 British Grand Prix: start time & how to watch in the UK

Formula 1 returns to the site of its first-ever race, the legendary Silverstone Circuit, for round 11 of the 2023 Championship. Here is the start time for the 2023 British Grand Prix, as well as how you can watch it for free on UK Television.

73 years ago, in 1950, the first official F1 championship race hurtled down to Woodcote corner to kick-start the most famous racing series in the world.

Of course, the sport and Silverstone itself has developed a lot since then. But the excitement and drama that the British Grand Prix circuit creates makes it a firm favourite with all fans.

Even in recent years, the F1 audience has been treated to some classics. For instance, in 2021, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry had an incredible flashpoint after a touch between the pair sent the Dutchman hurtling into the barriers at Copse corner.

And what about last year? We had arguably the most entertaining race of the 2022 season as Carlos Sainz claimed his first career F1 victory.

However, for 2023, all directions point to Max Verstappen and Red Bull leading the way once again. The reigning champ is on a tremendously impressive five-race win streak. On top of this, Verstappen also has an 81-point lead in the standings.

This does not mean that the British Grand Prix cannot spring some surprises, though – so, what time does it all start?

British Grand Prix: the start time

The weekend’s action at Silverstone begins on Friday 7 July. As ever, we open with practice; FP1 is at 12:30pm UK time on Friday, then FP2 follows at 4pm.

Saturday 8 July holds the third and final practice session, starting at 11:30am. Shortly after, qualifying sees the field sort out their grid positions at 3pm.

Finally, and most importantly, the British Grand Prix has a start time of 3pm on Sunday 9 July.

Now we know the when, it is time to find out where to catch this iconic race – with good news for British F1 fans.

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How to watch all the action from Silverstone on TV

First and foremost, Sky Sports will continue their coverage of all the 2023 F1 campaign during the British GP weekend. Every single session from Silverstone will be live on Sky’s designated channel, Sky Sports F1.

As ever, to watch on Sky, you will need a subscription to Sky TV and Sky Sports. NOWTV offers a handy alternative if you would like to just pay for the day, or even a monthly pass.

But there is a third option for F1 viewers in the UK to watch the British Grand Prix. Channel 4 will broadcast all three practice sessions, qualifying, and Sunday’s race live on their terrestrial channel.

Therefore, you can watch the entire 2023 British Grand Prix weekend for free.

Round 11 of the 2023 F1 championship promises to be a tremendous occasion in front of a passionate British crowd.

Will anyone be able to stop the dominance of Max Verstappen? Or can the unpredictable English weather throw out a few surprises? Make sure to tune in to the British Grand Prix at its 2pm start time to see.

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