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

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to extend his lead at the top of the drivers' championship when the Formula 1 season arrives in his homeland this weekend for the fourth event of a shortened campaign.

The Briton leads Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by five points after winning the last two races before the break. He is also the bookmakers favorite to triumph at Silverstone, where he has won a record six times, including 12 months ago.

This season's unprecedented circumstances mean Hamilton could add two more wins at Silverstone to his resume over the next two weeks, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced Formula 1 organizers to completely overhaul the calendar and schedule back-to-back events at two different tracks.

Last month, the Red Bull Ring hosted the Austrian GP and the Styrian GP on consecutive weekends before the season moved to Hungary for a single race. Sunday's British GP at Silverstone will be followed by the Formula 1 70th Anniversary GP next week

The unusual arrangement means Britain will host races on consecutive weekends for the first time in history and Hamilton conceded he was still coming to terms with racing behind closed doors.

"It's going to be super weird," he told BBC Sports.

"The atmosphere [at races this season] is night and day different and it's something I'm still coming to terms with."

Hamilton only needs five more race wins to equal Michael Schumacher's overall record of 91 and the Mercedes' stranglehold on the sport appears unlikely to be broken anytime soon.

The German team won the opening round in Austria with Bottas, before Hamilton's back-to-back wins in the following two races, and has looked far superior to both Red Bull and Ferrari.

Hamilton, however, insisted there was no room for complacency.

"Our goal is always to win every race, that's what we set out to do every year," the 35-year-old, who is chasing a record-equaling seventh world title, said.

"But you are constantly faced with challengers. Red Bull get stronger and stronger through the season. Ferrari have some big improvements to make on the car."

Meanwhile, Racing Point driver Sergio Perez will miss the race after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and will be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg.

The team said the Mexican "physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport".

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

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Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19 in Budapest, Hungary. Leonhard Foeger/Pool/Getty

When is the British GP?

The fourth round of the shortened 2020 season is scheduled for Sunday, August 2. The race will begin at 2:10 p.m. local time (9:10 a.m. ET).

Where is the British GP?

As it's been the case every year since 1987, the honor of hosting the British Grand Prix falls to Silverstone.

Located approximately 80 miles north-west of London, the Northamptonshire track hosted the first-ever race valid for the Formula One World Championship in 1950 and the British Grand Prix has been a part of the calendar ever since—the only race along with the Italian Grand Prix to hold such status.

In the 69 intervening years the race has been held at Silverstone 53 times and in 2019 Formula 1 confirmed the GP, whose future had been in danger over recent years, will remain part of the Formula One calendar until 2024 at least.

TV channel

The British Grand Prix will be broadcast live by ESPN. Coverage of race day begins at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the race scheduled to get underway at 9:05 a.m.

The race will re-air at 7 p.m. on ESPNEWS and at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN+ and via WatchESPN.com, as well as via Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV.

Odds

Lewis Hamilton remains the man to beat in the eyes of the bookmakers. According to Oddschecker, the Briton is a 1/2 favorite, with teammate Valtteri Bottas at 3/1 and Red Bull's Max Verstappen a 9/1 outsider.

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