The Race Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix

F1 racing returns to North America this week for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. During yesterday’s qualifying races, Max Verstappen secured his dominance by finishing over half a second faster than his competitors. The Red Bull driver will start today’s round of the 2022 F1 World Championship from pole position.

Verstappen sits comfortably atop the Drivers’ Championship standings after winning last week’s race in Azerbaijan. His teammate Sergio Perez is right behind him in second place. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari faced engine trouble and did not finish last week’s race, which dropped him down to third in the standings. Meanwhile, Mercedes megastar Lewis Hamilton has yet to win a race in 2022 and is currently stuck in sixth.

The Canadian Grand Prix will air on Sunday, June 19 at 1 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC, with postrace coverage appearing on ESPN 3. Will Leclerc put his engine troubles behind him and continue his assault on Verstappen and Red Bull? Will Hamilton manage to claw his way back into contention? Those looking to follow all the drama will need access to ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNews in order to catch every second of the action all season long. The entire race weekend, including practice sessions and qualifying, will be shown in the US on ESPN’s family of television networks. No single provider has exclusive rights to the network, so there are plenty of ways to get ESPN and watch the races without cable. We’ve broken down everything you need to know in order to stream F1 races this season.

IndyCar and F1 are open-wheeled, single-seater racing formats. This means that the cars can only fit one person and have uncovered wheels that protrude from the body of the vehicle. Despite their basic similarities, F1 and IndyCar offer very different experiences. In F1, there are only 10 teams, with two drivers apiece for a total of 20 drivers. Most races must go for 305 km, which is about 190 miles. Each driver needs to use two different tires in the race, so a pit stop is mandatory, though cars are not allowed to refuel. Races average around two hours in length and are held at venues all over the world.

Teams spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year developing their cars. All cars must have certain elements — for example, gearboxes must have eight gears plus a reverse and last for six consecutive races — but teams have leeway to tweak and change some parts of their car, including their engines, in the pursuit of speed. In contrast, the cars featured in IndyCar are more standardized. They all have the same aerodynamic kit and chassis and can only be powered by one of two engines — either a Honda or a Chevrolet. That said, teams are allowed to develop some of their own parts, like dampers and some of their suspensions.

IndyCar races occur on a wide range of tracks, from fast ovals to road and street courses. The length of the races also varies, with some, like the Indianapolis 500, lasting 500 laps and taking over three hours to complete. Not surprisingly, refueling during pit stops is a big part of the strategy during IndyCar races. Teams can field more than two cars, meaning that the amount of drivers on the grid fluctuates from race to race. IndyCar is mostly considered an American sport and does not have the same level of money and glamour associated with it compared to the globe-hopping F1 circuit. F1 is also full of strong personalities. The Netflix documentary series F1: Drive to Survive follows many of the teams and drivers over the course of a year and has helped raise the profile of the sport in the US. Released in March, season four of the series chronicles last year’s tight championship race between rivals Verstappen and Hamilton. It also focuses on the internal battles between drivers on the same team, while giving viewers a peek into the tense, pressurized world of elite racing.