The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya kicks off the next phase of the season, with ten races in Europe and one in Canada over a four-month period. Many teams come to Barcelona with a hefty package of updates. For example, Ferrari has previously announced that it will develop improved parts, and Mercedes will look into whether the zero pod concept has a future. This makes Friday a glorified testing session for many teams, but in the end it’s all about qualifying and the race. Overtaking in Barcelona has proven difficult in the past, so a good starting position is very important.
When does F1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix start?
- Date: Saturday 21 May 2022
- Start Dutch time: 16:00
Qualifying for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will take place on Saturday 21st May. The session starts at 4:00 p.m. and lasts one hour without a break. Due to the new schedule with the press conference on Friday morning instead of Thursday, qualifying will start an hour later than we have been used to in recent years.
Formula 1 times: timetable Spanish Grand Prix
|First free practice||Friday May 20th||14:00 – 15:00|
|Second free practice||Friday May 20th||5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m|
|Third free practice||Saturday May 21st||13.00 – 14.00|
|Qualification – Q1||Saturday May 21st||4.00pm – 4.18pm|
|Qualification – Q2||Saturday May 21st||4:25 p.m. – 4:40 p.m|
|Qualification – Q3||Saturday May 21st||4:48 p.m. – 5:00 p.m|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Sunday May 22nd||3 pm.|
Watch F1 qualifying live
- Start of broadcasting: 3.30 p.m
- End of broadcast: 6 p.m
In the Netherlands, live coverage of Formula 1 can only be seen via the new provider Viaplay. The streaming service broadcasts qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix live. A detailed preview will take place before the session. Moderator Amber Brantsen welcomes some national experts to give an outlook on the forthcoming qualification. We also alternate with pit reporter Stephane Kox and with international analysts.
Qualifying comments are provided by Nelson Valkenburg and Melroy Heemskerk, with interludes by pit reporter Kox. After the session, she talks to the protagonists on site. There is also a comprehensive review with analyzes from the studio.
You can be there live with the on-board camera of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas via the other channels of the streaming platform. Then you will also hear the entire radio traffic of the team and the driver. You will also find live timing and a permanent camera in the pit lane. A Viaplay subscription costs EUR 9.99 until August 1, and EUR 13.99 per month thereafter.
- Start of broadcast: 3 p.m
- End of transmission: 5 p.m
- Show after qualification: 18:00 – 19:00
If you are looking for an alternative to Viaplay, you can turn to F1TV. This is Formula 1’s official streaming service, broadcasting all the action from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. A preview takes place in the run-up to qualifying. From 3 p.m., international experts will take a look at the forthcoming session. They do this on site based on analysis and interviews. Qualifying commentary is provided by the experts at Sky Sports, although you can choose a different language yourself. After the session there is a detailed discussion with analyzes and interviews with the protagonists.
The platform also offers access to additional features such as live timing, driver trackers and onboard cameras for all drivers. A subscription to F1TV costs 64.99 euros per year or 7.99 euros per month.
How can I watch Formula 1 on TV with Viaplay?
- Ziggo: Channel 200
- Delta Fiber: Channel 200
- KPN: Channel 225
The exclusive Formula 1 broadcasting rights are in the hands of Viaplay until the end of 2024. You can subscribe directly to this streaming service, but the providers KPN, Ziggo and Delta Fiber have also concluded special conditions. With a subscription to these providers, you can follow F1 action directly on TV via a dedicated channel. With KPN via channel 225, with Ziggo and Delta via channel 200.
Alternatively, you can stream Viaplay on your TV. With the special Viaplay app, you can use a smart TV to log directly into the streaming service and watch the programs you want. It is also possible to transfer the broadcasts from another device. This is possible with Google Chromecast or Apple TV, for example.
A subscription to Viaplay costs 13.99 euros per month. There is a special price of 9.99 euros per month until August 1st. The costs for a direct subscription with another provider may vary.
Formula 1 on Ziggo
- Qualification Highlights
- Start of broadcast: 6 p.m
- End of the show: 6.30 p.m
- Channel: Channel 14 and Ziggo Sport Total Select
Ziggo will no longer broadcast Formula 1 live from 2022. However, the provider has secured the rights to broadcast summaries. The highlights of qualifying in Barcelona can be seen from 6 p.m. The program lasts about half an hour. Olav Mol commented on the images. The program can be viewed free of charge on the public network 14 for Ziggo customers and on the Select channel for subscribers with the Ziggo Sport Total package.