The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the few races set to be shown live on ABC as opposed to ESPN or ESPN2 throughout the remainder of the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Following a week off, Formula 1 action is scheduled to get back underway this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the two-time reigning world champion and current championship leader who enters the weekend having won three straight races and five of seven events to start the 2023 season, is the reigning winner of the race. Another win ties him with Ayrton Senna for fifth place on the all-time wins list with 41.
Make note of the fact that Sunday afternoon’s 70-lap race around the 14-turn, 2.71-mile (4.361-kilometer) Montreal, Quebec is set to be broadcast live on ABC, not ESPN.
Five of the season’s first seven Formula 1 races were shown live on ESPN.
The Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome and the Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco were shown on ABC last month.
Throughout the rest of the season, just two more races are set to be shown live on ABC. Those two races are the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, October 22 and the Mexico City Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, October 29.
Four races are set be shown live on ESPN2, which had been set to air the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola Circuit last month before flooding caused it to be called off.
The four upcoming races set to be shown live on ESPN2 include the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday, July 9, the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on Sunday, September 24, the Qatar Grand Prix at Lusail International Circuit on Sunday, October 8, and the Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit on Sunday, November 5.
The other eight races are set to be shown live on ESPN.
It is well worth mentioning the fact that ESPN on ABC is the branding used for sporting events televised by ABC. The Walt Disney Company is the parent organization of both networks, but simply watching ESPN on Sunday afternoon won’t get you the race.
However, it is also worth mentioning that the new alternate telecast for Formula 1 is set to debut this Sunday with the first episode of The Grandstand with Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett. This telecast is set to be shown live on ESPN2 and it set to feature special guests Patrick Dempsey and Marshawn Lynch.
The Canadian Grand Prix is set to be broadcast live on ABC from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 18. Be sure to begin a free trial of FuboTV today and don’t miss it!