2020 Formula 1 Season: Italian GP Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to win the Italian Grand Prix for a record sixth time when the Formula 1 season pitches up at Monza this weekend. Along with Michael Schumacher, the Briton is the most successful driver in the history of the Italian GP with five wins. He would move clear of the German with a victory on Sunday and, bar a major surprise, it's hard to see what could prevent him from setting a new record this weekend.

The Mercedes driver has triumphed at Monza four times in the last six years and has been nigh-on unstoppable this year, winning five of the seven races held since the season began in May following a two-month delay because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Hamilton arrives in Italy on the back of consecutive wins in Spain and Belgium and looks almost certain to equal Schumacher's record of seven world titles. The Briton has won the last three Drivers' Championships and his stranglehold on the sport has reached levels not seen since Schumacher and Ferrari ruled Formula 1 in the early 2000s.

Hamilton, however, admitted such dominance came at a cost for viewers, who are pining for a more thrilling spectacle than the seemingly inevitable sight of Mercedes occupying the first two spots on the podium.

"I enjoy myself in the car. I am still able to enjoy the battle, looking where [teammate] Valtteri [Bottas] is, what times he's doing, the gaps, trying to get the perfect balance every lap," he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"That is still a massive challenge for me but it is just not as fun for people to watch.

"When you're in it, it's a bit different. But of course I would love a wheel-to-wheel race. I hope the next races [...] the Red Bulls have improved, I really hope we have more of a race. Everyone wants to see us all battling together."

Despite finishing third, Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who is second in the championship 47 points behind Hamilton, described last week's Belgian GP as "boring."

The Dutchman, who is second in the championship 47 points behind Hamilton and is the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race this season, is unlikely to enjoy a more thrilling race this week.

Mercedes looks again to be the team to beat in Italy, with Red Bull a distant second. The picture is even gloomier for home favorite Ferrari after a disastrous weekend in Belgium saw Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finish 13th and 14th respectively.

The Italian team has openly admitted its car is beset by aerodynamic and speed issues, with neither likely to be solved before the end of the campaign.

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

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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

When is the Italian Grand Prix?

The race is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. local time (9:10 a.m. ET) on Sunday, September 6.

Where is the Italian Grand Prix?

As usual, the Italian GP will take place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, located just north of Milan.

With the exception of 1980, the track has hosted the Italian GrP every year since the inception of the Formula 1 World Championship.

Famous for its long straight and a design conducive to vertiginously high speeds, the track has undergone a number of changes to improve safety and make it slower.

Despite the changes, Monza remains the fastest on the calendar and cars are flat out for approximately 70 percent of the lap.

TV channel

The Italian GP will be broadcast live by ESPN. Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the race scheduled to get underway just over 90 minutes later.

The race will re-air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS and at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Live stream

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


According to Oddschecker, Lewis Hamilton is a 1/2 favorite to win on Sunday, followed by Mercedes' teammate Valtteri Bottas at 9/2 and Max Verstappen at 6/1.