Formula 1: U.S. Grand Prix not being broadcast on ESPN

U.S. Grand Prix, COTA, Formula 1 (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
U.S. Grand Prix, COTA, Formula 1 (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) /

The United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas is the first Formula 1 race of a three-race stretch that won’t be broadcast live on ESPN.

The 18th of 22 races on the 2023 Formula 1 schedule is the second of three set to take place in the United States, with Circuit of the America scheduled to the United States Grand Prix for the 11th time in 12 years this coming Sunday afternoon.

This 56-race around the 20-turn, 3.427-mile (5.515-kilometer) Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas is the fourth of five races on ABC’s portion of the broadcast schedule in the United States.

It is the first race set to be aired on ABC as opposed to ESPN or ESPN2 since the season’s eighth race, the Canadian Grand Prix, took place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve back in mid-June.

Following this race, only the Mexico City Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which is scheduled for next weekend, remains on ABC’s portion of the 2023 broadcast schedule. The Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit, which is scheduled for the following weekend, is the fourth and final race on ESPN2’s portion of the broadcast schedule this year.

While the United States now hosts three Formula 1 Grands Prix, Circuit of the Americas still hosts the official United States Grand Prix.

The track, which regularly draws the biggest crowd on the schedule, remains under contract to host the event through 2026.

The other United States races include the Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome, which was added to the calendar last year, and the Las Vegas Grand Prix at the new Las Vegas Strip Circuit, which is set to debut next month.

Three-time reigning world champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull enters Circuit of the Americas as the two-time reigning winner of the United States Grand Prix, having won the race both times it has been held since its 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

His 2021 win over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton proved crucial in his first championship push, and his 2022 win played a part in a record-breaking 15-win season.

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The United States Grand Prix is scheduled to take place this coming Sunday, October 22 at Circuit of the Americas. It is scheduled to be broadcast live on ABC starting at 2:55 p.m. ET. Be sure to begin a free trial of FuboTV now and don’t miss it!