Formula 1 TV Schedule 2020: Russian GP Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Formula 1's returns from its two-week summer break as the world championship moves to the Black Sea, with Sochi set to host the Russian Grand Prix for the seventh consecutive year.

One of the races originally in the calendar before the coronavirus outbreak forced organizers to cancel 12 events, the Russian Grand Prix has been a productive hunting ground for Mercedes, which has won each of the six editions of the race since Sochi made its debut on the calendar as a venue in 2014.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

  • Start time—The Russian GP gets underway at 2:10 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) on Sunday, September 27.
  • TV channel—ESPN2
  • Live stream—ESPN+, WatchESPN, Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV.
  • Odds—Lewis Hamilton is a 1/2 favorite, while teammates Valtteri Bottas is a 2/1 outsider and Max Verstappen is a 12/1 shot.

A four-time winner in six races held at Sochi, Lewis Hamilton goes into the weekend as the man to beat after taking the chequered flag in six of the nine races held this season and starting from the front of the grid seven times. Two weeks ago, the Briton won a dramatic Tuscan GP and victory on Sunday would see him draw level with Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver in Formula 1 history with 91 wins. With a 55-point gap over Max Verstappen in the drivers' standings, Hamilton also looks a near-certainty to equal the Schumacher's record of seven World Championship titles.

This season, however, Hamilton's stance off the track has received as much attention as his performances on it. The 35-year-old has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and two weeks ago ahead of the Tuscan GP wore a T-shirt calling for the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death to be arrested.

A 26-year-old Black woman, Taylor was shot dead on March 13 in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky when police officers serving a so-called "no-knock warrant" raided her home during a narcotics investigation.

On Wednesday, protests took place in several U.S. cities after Jefferson County grand jury delivered its long-awaited verdict on the case and charged fired LMPD officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots that went into another home with people inside.

Prosecutors, however, ruled that the other two officers who fired shots were justified in using force to protect themselves and neither Hankison nor his two colleagues were directly indicted on charges directly related to Taylor's death.

Hamilton expects FIA, motorsport's governing body, to prevent similar protests in the future.

"People talk about sport not being a place for politics," he said on Thursday.

"Ultimately, it's a human rights issue and in my opinion that is something we should be pushing towards.

"We have a huge collective group of amazing people who watch our sport from multiple different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality."

He added: "I did something that has never really happened in F1 and obviously they [FIA] will stop it moving forwards."

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Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 30. John Thys/Pool/AFP/Getty