The Russian Grand Prix, a Formula One race starring Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, will take place at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia on Sunday September 26, 2021 (09/26/21).
Fans can watch the event for free via a fuboTV trial.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Russian Grand Prix
who: Formula 1
When: Sunday September 26, 2021
Time: 8 a.m. ET
Or: Sochi Autodrome
Channel search: Verizon Fios, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum / Charter, Optimum / Altice, Coxswain, DIRECTV, Plate, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.
Direct: fuboTV (free trial).
More information on Formula 1, via Associated Press:
The small IndyCar team that Sam Schmidt formed 20 years ago has taken another step towards becoming an elite organization with an extension of sponsorship by Arrow Electronics announced ahead of Sunday’s race at Laguna Seca.
The agreement until 2028 retains the Arrow name in the Arrow McLaren SP team title. Arrow continues as a partner of the McLaren Formula One team, the organization said.
The extension was announced as Pato O’Ward headed into Sunday’s race for second in the IndyCar rankings with a viable chance of giving Arrow McLaren their first IndyCar title. Schmidt riders competed for championships at Indy Lights level but never at the top IndyCar level.
Simon Pagenaud has finished fifth in the standings twice, and a car owned by Schmidt, best third in a streak from 2012 to 2014, in which the team showed the potential that first attracted Arrow. The Colorado-based company played a partial role in 2015, has continued to expand its funding every year since, and eventually took a stake that made Arrow an ex-officio sponsor of the racing team.
McLaren joined in 2019 as a business partner and will succeed at the end of this season as majority owner of Schmidt and its business partner Ric Peterson. The team name will not change, but it will more clearly be a McLaren production with a strong partnership with Arrow.
Arrow Electronics President Mike Long was proud to be part of Schmidt’s growth from a one-car team to an organization that plans to have three full-time cars by 2023 and ran a campaign legitimate championship with O’Ward. Long said Schmidt and Peterson were operating on an annual plan when Arrow became a partner.
“We all sat down and said, ‘Where do we want to be five years later? “” Long said. “We are going to invest. We’ll be there with you if there’s a vision that says, “We’re going to win. You don’t have to win this year. You don’t have to win next year, but we have to win. ‘
“The approach we took was, ‘We’re going to be there, we’re going to provide the resources for you to win, but we have to see the vision. “
The team was indeed growing and overcame a 2018 setback when promising rookie Robert Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash. Schmidt, a quadriplegic from a 2000 accident, and Arrow, who built an “exoskeleton” that allowed Schmidt to dance with his daughter at her wedding, supported Wickens during his recovery.
But it all sped up in 2019 when McLaren teamed up with Arrow and Schmidt for their slow return to the IndyCar Series. The organization has seen aggressive driver turnover – McLaren Brass saw a superstar at O’Ward and nabbed the Mexican when he became surprisingly available – and steady growth on the track.
O’Ward has won his first two career IndyCar races this season – his victory in Texas in May was the first since 2016 for a Chevrolet outside of Team Penske’s fleet – and now he’s trying to give the organization a championship. .
“We’re not here to lose,” Schmidt said. “We’ve been building this for a long time. I think a lot of drivers and teams see our cars, they see that we have doubled the size of our resources. This is what we want to do since 2013. “
O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist are both expected to return in 2022, and McLaren boss Zak Brown has said he hopes to have three cars next year. Last weekend, Brown celebrated a McLaren 1-2 sweep for the F1 team’s first victory in nine seasons – a party that has energized organizations in IndyCar and F1.
“We’re nervous,” Schmidt said of the IndyCar Championship. “But it’s very nervous. We want to be here.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)