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Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi for free today, TV channel, start time

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi for free
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The Max vs Lewis battle continues today, when F1 returns to the legendary Sochi Autodrom for the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. McLaren's Lando Norris starts on pole, alongside Carlos Sainz. Hamilton, chasing his 100th grand prix victory, starts 4th. The race is at 1pm BST today. Austrian F1 fans can stream the race for free. Make sure you know how to watch an Russian Grand Prix free live stream wherever you are.

Russian Grand Prix live stream

Date: 24th – 26th Sept 2021

Circuit: Sochi Autodrom, Russia

FREE stream: 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

The 2021 Russian Grand Prix takes place over 53 laps of the 5.848-kilometre Sochi Autodrom. Lando Norris notched up an incredible pole in rainy conditions yesterday. Carlos Sainz starts second, Williams' George Russell is third. Bottas starts from back after taking an engine penalty for "tactical reasons". It's lights out for the 2021 Russian Grand Prix at 1pm BST / 5am PT / 8am ET / 10pm AEST.

Despite crashing into a wall and spinning during quali, Lewis Hamilton remains hot favourite to take his 100th Formula 1 victory this weekend; Mercedes have dominated Sochi in recent years, winning every Russian GP since 2014 (Hamilton taking four, Bottas three).

"These things are sent to try us," Hamilton told Sky Sports. "I feel terrible right now but I'll turn it into a positive. Twice in the wall... that's very rare for me."

Verstappen is currently five points clear of Hamilton in the driver's standings but that could quickly change. The Dutchman's task will start the race at the back of the grid after taking an engine penalty. 

Red Bull driver Verstappen said: "It will be of course completely different to Monza and it looks like there might be some rain this weekend… I’m definitely looking forward to going back there and seeing what we can do. The penalty is of course not ideal but nothing is lost."

Meanwhile, Ferrari will debut a "significant" new engine at Sochi, forcing Charles Leclerc to start from the back of the grid.

Who has the pace to tame Sochi? Hamilton vs Verstappen is one of the most intense F1 battles ever seen on TV so don't miss a second. F1 fans in Austria can watch every race free. Follow our guide on how to watch an Russian Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world.

Watch a Russian Grand Prix free live stream

Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton holds F1 trophy aloft

(Image credit: Mercedes AMG F1 / LAT Images)

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

ServusTV, the free-to-air station owned by Red Bull, has split the rights to F1 with public broadcaster ORF until 2023.

Going to be outside Austria this weekend? Simply use a VPN to access a Russian 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 Russian 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.


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 Russian Grand Prix, 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 Russian Grand Prix live stream.

F1 season pass for only $9.99 a month

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi 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 Russian 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 Russian Grand Prix in 4K

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi 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 Russian 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.

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Russian 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 Russian 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.

Spain: Russian Grand Prix live stream

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi 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 Russian 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 on a monthly subscription.

Brazil: Russian 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 Russian Grand Prix without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Australia: Russian Grand Prix live stream

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi 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 Russian Grand Prix at Monza. 

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: Russian Grand Prix live stream

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

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi 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 Russian 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.

The US and Mexican grand prix races will be broadcast on ABC for free. 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.

Russia: Russian 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 Russian 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: Russian 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 Russian Grand Prix live stream via Sky Italia's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!

Japan: Russian Grand Prix live stream

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi for free

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DAZN has been the home of F1 in Japan for a few seasons and will serve up a Russian 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

Russian Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the F1 from Sochi for free

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Latest news: the Japanese GP has been cancelled due to rising coronavirus numbers. F1 is set for its first Qatar Grand Prix on 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
8-10 OctTurkish Grand PrixIntercity Istanbul Park Turkey
22-24 OctUS Grand PrixCircuit of The AmericasUnited States
29-31 OctMexico Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos RodriguezMexico
12-14 NovBrazilian Grand PrixAutodromo InterlagosBrazil
19-21 Nov Qatar Grand PrixTBCQatar
26-28 NovSaudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddahSaudi Arabia
3-5 DecAbu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina CircuitUAE
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