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Qatar Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free today, TV channel, Verstappen penalty

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff celebrate with an impromptu champagne shower
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The Max vs Lewis battle continues in Qatar today, when F1 arrives at the 5.38-kilometre Losail International Circuit for the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix. Hamilton trails Verstappen by 14 points with three races to go – can he close the gap or will Max cling to the title? The race starts at 2pm GMT today. F1 fans in Luxembourg can stream the race for free. Make sure you know how to watch a Qatar Grand Prix free live stream wherever you are with a VPN.

Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Date: 19th – 21st November 2021

Circuit: Losail International Circuit, Qatar

FREE streams:  RTL Zwee (Lux) | ServusTV | ORF (Austria)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free

Free trial: DAZN F1 (Spain)

F1 season pass: F1 TV Pro $9.99/month  (USA)

4K stream: Sky (UK)

US stream: ESPN / Sling TV / FuboTV

Update: another twist! The latest news is that Max Verstappen has been handed a five-place grid penalty for not respecting yellow flags during quali yesterday, while Valtteri Bottas drops three places for not slowing down under yellows. Lewis Hamilton will start on pole, alongside Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly in second. Fernando Alonso starts 3rd.  Verstappen starts 7th.  

The good news for Red Bull? Mercedes aren't quite as fast on the straights as they were in Brazil. It looks like Hamilton is 'only' five tenths faster than Verstappen. It's going to be a huge chance, but will Mercedes throw it all away?  It's lights out for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix at 2pm GMT / 9am ET / 6am PT / midnight AEST on Sunday, 21st November.

After stampeding to victory from 10th place last week, Lewis Hamilton arrives in Qatar with a big smile on his face. The seven-time world champion knows his Mercedes has the straight line speed to waft pass the rakish Red Bulls on Losail's fast and flowing track – assuming Max doesn't force him off the circuit, of course.

Not familiar with Losail International Circuit? It's located on the outskirts of the Doha, Qatar's capital city, and was built to host Qatar’s first ever MotoGP in 2004. The Middle East nation has just inked a 10-year deal to host the Formula One World Championship, starting from 2023.

Can Mercedes leave Red Bull for dust in Doha today? Hamilton vs Verstappen is one of the greatest F1 battles ever seen on TV, so don't miss a second. F1 fans in Luxembourg and Austria can watch every race free. Follow our guide on how to watch a Qatar Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world.

Watch a Qatar Grand Prix free live stream

Qatar Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton holds F1 trophy aloft

(Image credit: Mercedes AMG F1 / LAT Images)

Lucky enough to live in Austria or Luxembourg? You can watch the entire F1 season – including the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix – for free.

ServusTV, the Austrian free-to-air station owned by Red Bull, has split the rights to F1 with public broadcaster ORF until 2023. Meanwhile, fans in Luxembourg  can watch every race free on RTL Zwee.

Going to be outside Austria or Luxembourg this weekend? Simply use a VPN to access a Qatar Grand Prix free live stream without being blocked.

We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Details below.

Watch F1 anywhere in the world using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Qatar Grand Prix rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are lots of VPN providers but some are more reliable and safer than others. As a rule, we suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up.


Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the F1, you may wish to choose 'Austria' for ServusTV or ORF.

3. Then head over to ServusTV or ORF on your browser or device and enjoy the Qatar Grand Prix live stream.

F1 season pass for only $9.99 a month

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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F1 TV Pro is one of the cheapest ways to watch live coverage of every 2021 F1 race in HD. Subscription costs just $9.99 per month in the US, or €7.99 a month in France and the Netherlands.

Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the crazy-low price of R$143 (US$27) a year. You can even select English commentary from Sky's Martin Brundle and David Croft. 

F1 TV Pro is available in 188 countries, but not the UK, sadly. If you're visiting the UK from abroad and want to watch the Qatar Grand Prix, you'll need to use a VPN to access F1 TV Pro without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

F1 TV Pro is available through the F1 TV website, iOS/Android apps, Roku TV and other mobile devices. The app supports Chromecast and AirPlay 2.

How to watch the Qatar Grand Prix in 4K

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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Sky has the exclusive UK television rights to show every F1 race until the end of 2024. To watch the Qatar Grand Prix in 4K Ultra HD (who wouldn't?) you’ll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package with Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. 

That starts at £45 per month, with a one-off payment of £20 if you’re not already a Sky subscriber. It's a fair chunk of change, but it’s the only way to watch the F1 live and in 4K.

Build your Sky Sports package

Qatar GP live stream in Full HD with Dolby 5.1

Don't want to commit to a Sky contract? Anyone can watch this weekend's Qatar Grand Prix on Sky's pay-per-view platform, Now. 

Now is available on all good smart TVs and set-top-boxes. There's no 4K option, but go for the Now Boost add-on and you can stream in Full 1080p HD with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Now Sports pass Watch F1 in Full HD from £9.98

Now Sports pass Watch F1 in Full HD from £9.98
A Now day pass for all 11 Sky Sports channels can cost as little as £9.98. If you want to see a few Grand Prix, it's cheaper to go for the monthly pass at £33.99. The price includes a free 7-day trial of Now Boost, so you can watch in Full HD with 5.1 surround sound.

Spain: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Qatar Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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With Carlos Sainz Jr at Ferrari and Fernando Alonso on the grid, Spanish F1 fans will be keen to tune into a 2021 Qatar Grand Prix free live stream.

DAZN has acquired the rights to show Formula 1 in Spain until the end of 2023. The streaming service will show the F1 World Championship on its exclusive DAZN F1 channel, in the company of ex-F1 driver Pedro De La Rosa.

DAZN F1 launched on 1st March 2021 across DAZN and Movistar+. You can try it free for 7 days. After that you'll be rolled onto a monthly subscription.

F1 free live stream with DAZN free trial

F1 free live stream with DAZN free trial
DAZN has the rights to the F1 in Spain as well as a host of other sports including football, UFC and more. Try it free for seven days. Cancel at anytime.

Brazil: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

TV Band has replaced Globo as the official F1 broadcaster in Brazil. The switch allows Formula 1 to launch its official live streaming platform – F1 TV Pro – in South America.

Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the ridiculously low price of R$143 (US$27).

Going to be outside your home country of Brazil? Simply use a VPN to watch the Qatar Grand Prix without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Australia: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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G'day motorsport fans. Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit, Doha. 

Streaming platform Kayo Sports carries Fox and offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial. After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35.

Happy with highlights? 10Play will show free highlights of every race.

Germany: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 race this season, including a 2021 Qatar Grand Prix live stream.

With F1 now behind an expensive paywall in Germany, F1 fans will question why the French and Dutch can watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month, and envy their Austrian neighbours getting it for free.

Going to be outside your home country of Germany? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

USA: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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For complete access to F1 in 2021 Americans will need to sign up to the EPSN paid channels (or Univision for Spanish language coverage).

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session of the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.

Live streaming is available via the ESPN App, which is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku. You'll need to sign up to ESPN first, though.

Don't have cable? Cord-cutters can try a top streaming service such as FuboTV for free.

There's also currently an excellent deal with Sling TV. Pick the Orange package, which includes ESPN, and get the first month for just $10. It's $35 per month thereafter but with no contract. Cancel at any time.

Watch F1 racing on Sling TV $10 first month offer

Watch F1 racing on Sling TV $10 first month offer
Catch all the channels on the Sling TV Orange package, including the F1 on ESPN, for just $10 for your first month. It's then $35 each month after but there's no contract and you can cancel at any time.

FuboTV  Free 7-day trial | $64.99 a month

FuboTV Free 7-day trial | $64.99 a month
Fubo TV is one of the biggest and best sports streaming services in the US. It carries ESPN and ABC (plus CBS, NBC and Fox) so it's a great watch to stream the 2021 F1 season in full. The app supports Roku, Fire TV and iOS/Android devices. No lock-in contract; cancel at any time.

Russia: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Good news: the 2021 F1 season will be shown free-to-air on Match TV in Russia.

Going to be outside your home country of Russia? Simply use a VPN to access a Qatar Grand Prix free live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Nostrovia!

Italy: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Sky Italia is the place to watch F1 in Italy. Former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides brilliant pit lane reporting, while Jacques Villeneuve provides commentary.

Don't fancy taking out an expensive Sky contact? Italian F1 fans can get a Qatar Grand Prix live stream via Sky Italia's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!

Japan: Qatar Grand Prix live stream

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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DAZN has been the home of F1 in Japan for a few seasons and will serve up a Qatar Grand Prix live stream this weekend. The service delivers live coverage of every race of the 2021 season and stats galore, making it a no-brainer for (the many) F1 fans in Japan.

Full 2021 F1 calendar & race winners

Brazilian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Interlagos for free

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Latest news: Formula One has extended its contract with the Chinese Grand Prix, ensuring that the championship will continue visiting Shanghai until 2025. F1 is set for its first Qatar Grand Prix this Sunday, 21st November 2021. 

DATEGRAND PRIXCIRCUITCOUNTRYWINNER
26-28 MarchBahrain Grand PrixBahrain International CircuitBahrainLewis Hamilton
16-18 AprilEmilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo ImolaItalyMax Verstappen
30 April 2 MayPortuguese Grand PrixPortimão CircuitPortugalLewis Hamilton
7-9 MaySpanish Grand Prix Catalunya CircuitSpainLewis Hamilton
20-23 MayMonaco Grand Prix Monaco CircuitMonte CarloMax Verstappen
4-6 JuneAzerbaijan Grand Prix Baku street circuitAzerbaijanSergio Perez
18-20 JuneFrench Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardFranceMax Verstappen
25-27 JuneSteiermark Grand PrixRed Bull RingAustriaMax Verstappen
2-4 JulyAustrian Grand PrixRed Bull RingAustriaMax Verstappen
16-18 JulyBritish Grand PrixSilverstone CircuitGreat BritainLewis Hamilton
30 July - 1 AugHungarian Grand PrixHungaroringHungaryLewis Hamilton
27-29 AugBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps CircuitBelgiumMax Verstappen
3-5 SeptDutch Grand PrixCircuit ZandvoortNetherlandsMax Verstappen
10-12 SeptItalian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale MonzaItalyDaniel Ricciardo
24-26 SeptRussian Grand PrixSochi International Street CircuitRussia Lewis Hamilton
8-10 OctTurkish Grand PrixIntercity Istanbul Park TurkeyValtteri Bottas
22-24 OctUS Grand PrixCircuit of The AmericasUnited StatesMax Verstappen
29-31 OctMexico Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos RodriguezMexicoMax Verstappen
12-14 NovBrazilian Grand PrixAutodromo InterlagosBrazilLewis Hamilton
19-21 Nov Qatar Grand PrixLosail International CircuitQatar
26-28 NovSaudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddahSaudi Arabia
3-5 DecAbu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina CircuitUAE
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