Spanish Grand Prix: UK start time, how to watch, highlights channel

The Spanish Grand Prix takes place this weekend as F1 returns to Europe, and we have all you need to know ahead of the race, including the UK start time.

The start of the 2022 season has been enthralling. With a host of new rules and regulations, teams have been battling to set the early pace.

That accolade has gone to Red Bull. Max Verstappen has won each of the three races he has finished this season.

However, reliability has been a significant concern for the Milton Keynes outfit. Verstappen has lost 36 points this season as a result of retirements. Team-mate Sergio Perez retired from third in the opening race in Bahrain, whilst a power unit sensor issue in Miami prevented him from launching a late-race assault on Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz, who finished in the final podium position.

The Italian outfit leads both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship. Charles Leclerc heads the field in the standings with 104 points. The Monegasque driver has recorded two dominant victories in Bahrain and Australia.

Read: Charles Leclerc crashes iconic Ferrari F1 car at Monaco after brake failure

Verstappen, however, set the pace in Miami last time out. Despite qualifying second on the grid behind Leclerc, the Dutchman overtook his rival on lap 9.

He held on for a comfortable victory, despite a late safety car period which erased his lead. Verstappen took 26 points as he recorded the fastest lap, extending his season tally to 86.

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With the two title rivals evenly poised, the Spanish Grand Prix promises to be a cracker – here’s everything you need to know ahead of the race, including the UK start time:

What is the Spanish Grand Prix UK start time?

The UK start time for the Spanish Grand Prix, which will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, is 2pm BST.

The Saturday qualifying session begins at a slightly later time of 3pm. Qualifying is expected to last one hour, barring any red flags or other delays.

How can I watch the Spanish Grand Prix?

Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix as the sole live broadcasters of F1 in the UK. It will be televised on Sky Sports F1 (Sky channel 406 or 416 /Virgin channel 506 or 516) and Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401 or 411/Virgin channel 501 or 511). Coverage will be fronted by Simon Lazenby.

For those not currently subscribed to Sky Sports, subscription packages are available. Viewers can purchase a Sky Sports F1 package, which gives unlimited access to the F1-specific channel for an extra fee of £18 per month on top of their existing Sky subscription.

Meanwhile, a fee of £25 a month grants access to all eight Sky Sports channels. For more details on subscription options, click here.

Viewers can also stream the Spanish Grand Prix through NOW TV. For more information about how to subscribe to NOW TV and the packages available, click here.

Spanish Grand Prix highlights channel and timings

As with every race this season, Channel 4 will have highlights of the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying and race sessions.

Coverage of the qualifying session begins at 6:45pm BST on Saturday, with race highlights starting at 6:30pm BST on Sunday. Channel 4 coverage will be fronted by lead presenter Steve Jones.

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