F1 live stream: how to watch today’s 2023 Australian Grand Prix for free online

Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen takes a turn out on track in his midnight blue F1 car.
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Watch F1 live stream 2023

F1 is back for 2023. The Australian GP starts at 6am GMT today, so now's the time to find out how to watch F1 live streams. Every race is live on ESPN (USA), Sky Sports (UK) and F1 TV Pro (RoW). A few lucky countries – such as Australia – can watch a free F1 live stream! Use a VPN (opens in new tab) to pick up your usual stream from anywhere, if you happen to be away from home. Full details on how to watch F1 on TV just below.

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F1 2023 dates:5th March - 26 November 2023
FREE streams:10play (Australia) | ORF (Austria) | RTBF (Belgium)
HD stream:F1 TV Pro 7-day free trial (India)
Watch anywhereUse ExpressVPN to watch any stream

Next race: Australian Grand Prix 2023

  • Practice 1 – 31st March – 2.30am GMT / 9.30pm ET (Thurs)
  • Practice 2 – 31st March – 6am GMT / 1am ET
  • Practice 3 – 1st April – 2.30am GMT / 9.30pm ET (Fri) 
  • Qualifying – 1st April – 6am GMT / 1am ET
  • Australian GP – 2nd April – 6am GMT / 1am ET

F1 2023 season preview

Max Verstappen starts on pole at today's Australian Grand Prix. The Dutch driver qualified  0.236 ahead of Mercedes' George Russell. Lewis Hamilton starts third and Fernando Alonso starts fourth. The weather forecast is 18°C and mostly sunny.

Melbourne's 5.278-kilometre Albert Park Circuit hosts race three of the 2023 F1 season. Can Mercedes and Ferrari find some extra pace and catch up to Aston Martin, who are targeting their third P3 in three races? Read on and we'll show you how to watch the Australian GP free online.

This year's 23-race F1 season kicked off with the Bahrain GP on 5th March and finishes in Abu Dhabi on 26th November. Old favourites such as Monaco (28th May) will be joined by new street circuit Las Vegas (18th November).

New drivers include Logan Sargeant at Williams – F1's first American driver in almost eight years – and Nico Hülkenberg, who replaces Mick Schumacher at Haas F1. Oscar Piastri replaces Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen remains hot favourite to secure his third consecutive World Championship, but Mercedes' George Russell and Lewis Hamilton won't make it easy. Ferrari, under new team principal Fred Vasseur, will be looking for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to convert poles into race wins this year.

There are no major rule changes this year, but F1 has announced six Sprint races for the 2023 F1 season, starting with Baku on 28th-30th April. Next up: how to watch F1 races online and on TV.

Watch F1 free lives streams

Lucky F1 fans in Australia, Austria and Luxembourg can pick up an Australian Grand Prix free live. There are also free, extended highlights available too.

10Play (opens in new tab) has free free live stream of the 2023 Australian GP (practice, qualifying, race).


Servus TV (opens in new tab) will stream 12 races for free, including the Australian Grand Prix.

RTL Zwee (opens in new tab) has the rights to the 2023 Australian Grand Prix free live stream too.

RTBF (opens in new tab) will also serve up an free stream live from Melbourne (email registration required).

Channel 4 (opens in new tab) offers free highlights of every race, plus a free live stream of the British GP later this season.

Use Express VPN to access local free F1 streams when abroad (opens in new tab)

Watch an F1 live stream from anywhere

Most F1 live streams are location-sensitive. So, you won't be able to access to them when travelling away from home. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a small but powerful app that lets you select your preferred location and quickly unblock any F1 live stream – including free streams.

ExpressVPN is our pick of the best VPN services. It's affordable, fast, stable and easy to use. Try it risk-free for 30 days and see for yourself.

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(opens in new tab)ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch free F1 live streams on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support, too. Try it – you'll be surprised how simple it is. Five stars.

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How to use a VPN to watch F1 free 

1. Sign up to the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.

2. Open the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the F1, you may wish to choose Australia for the Melbourne GP on 10Play.

3. Then head over to 10Play (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the free F1 live stream.

You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab), which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in new tab) which offers 24 hour assistance. Both performed very well in our tests.

How to watch F1 on your mobile device

In the US, iOS and Android users can stream every race live and on demand via the F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) app.

In the UK, fans will need to subscribe to either Sky or Now and watch via the Sky Go or Now apps. 

How to watch F1 in 4K Ultra HD

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning in Turkey.

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In the UK, F1 can watch F1 in 4K via Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream puck. You'll need to subscribe to an Ultra HD package and have a 4K TV. 

Head over to the brand new Sky Sports F1 Ultra HD channel to watch every race, qualifying and practice in 4K and HDR.

Sky does not offer Dolby Atmos sound but subscribers can enjoy the action in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. 

Need Sky? Today's best Sky TV deals.

F1 season pass for $29.99

F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) includes live HD coverage of every F1 practice, qualifier and race. No ad breaks. 

Fans in the US can subscribe to F1 TV Pro for just $9.99 a month or $79.99 per year, while those in France can snag it for just €7.99 a month.

In India, F1 TV Pro is just $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year after the 7-day free trial (opens in new tab). Away from home? Use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access F1 TV Pro from anywhere.

The service is available in over 188 countries – but not the UK (you can use the basic 'Access' version for live timings but you can't watch any live races). 

F1 TV Pro is available via the F1 TV website, iOS/Android apps, Roku TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Google TV and other mobile devices.

Latest F1 TV Pro prices:

  • F1 TV Pro in India – $3.99/month (cheapest)
  • F1 TV Pro in South Africa – $4.99/month
  • F1 TV Pro in Brazil – $5.19/month
  • F1 TV Pro in France – €7.99/month
  • F1 TV Pro in USA – $9.99/month
  • F1 TV Pro in Mexico – $119.99/month

Watch F1 live in the USA

Haas F1 car on track during Formula 1 testing in Abu Dhabi

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In the USA, ESPN and ESPN2 have the rights to commercial-free, live F1 races until 2025. Don't have cable access to ESPN? It's actually cheaper to watch ESPN on streaming services such as Sling (opens in new tab) or FuboTV...

F1 on Sling TV 50% off your first month (opens in new tab)

F1 on Sling TV 50% off your first month (opens in new tab)
Catch the majority of the 2023 F1 season with Sling Orange, which provides streaming access to ESPN. You get your first month half price, then it's $40 each month after. There's no contract and you can cancel at any time. What's to lose?

F1 on FuboTV  Free 7-day trial | $74.99 a month (opens in new tab)

F1 on FuboTV Free 7-day trial | $74.99 a month (opens in new tab)
Fubo TV ESPN and ABC (plus CBS, NBC and Fox) so it's a great watch to stream sports, including the 2023 F1 season. The app supports Roku, Fire TV and iOS/Android devices. No contract, cancel anytime.

Watch F1 live stream in Australia

The 2023 Australian GP is live and free on Network 10 and the 10Play (opens in new tab) streaming service. 

Happy with highlights? 10Play will also show free highlights of every 2023 F1 race.

Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers get a front row seat.

Kayo Sports offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial (opens in new tab). After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. One is AU$25; Basic is $30; Premium is $35.

Watch F1 live in the Netherlands

Ziggo Sport (opens in new tab) has the rights to live F1 practice, qualifiers and races in 2023.

Away from the Netherlands? Sign up to ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), download the ExpressVPN app, connect to a server in the Netherlands, sign into the Ziggo GO app and start streaming F1 from anywhere.

Watch F1 live in Spain

Red Bull F1 car doing doughnuts on the track in Abu Dhabi

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DAZN (opens in new tab) has the rights to show Formula 1 in Spain until the end of 2023. The streaming service will show practice, qualifiers and races on its exclusive DAZN F1 channel. If you want a cheap Spanish F1 stream, you know what to do... 

Watch F1 2023 on DAZN for €9.99 a month (opens in new tab)

Watch F1 2023 on DAZN for €9.99 a month (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)DAZN has the rights to every 2023 F1 race  in Spain, as well as a host of other sports including football, UFC and more. And it's only €9.99 a month. No contract, cancel anytime.

Watch F1 live stream in France

F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) is the best option for F1 fans in France. Subscription costs just €7.99 a month or €64.99 a year – that gets you full, live coverage of the 2023 F1 season, including practice sessions, qualifiers and every Grand Prix.

Races are also available to watch on subscription-based French broadcaster Canal+ until 2029.

Watch F1 live in the rest of the world

How to watch F1 live stream in Brazil

Band (opens in new tab) continues to offer free-to-air live TV coverage of F1 races in Brazil. Cord-cutters can watch on every F1 race live via F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) for just 39.99 a year / $5.19 a month. 

How to watch F1 live stream in Croatia

SportKlub (opens in new tab) is the place to find live TV coverage of the 2023 F1 World Championship in Croatia.

How to watch F1 live stream in Finland

F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) offers an official F1 live stream in Finland. Subscription is pricier than in some other countries: €10.99 a month or €109.99 a year.

How to watch F1 live stream in Germany

Sky Germany has the rights to show F1 races in 2023. Austrians visiting Germany can use ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to access free live coverage on Servus TV or ORF 1.

How to watch F1 live stream in Italy

Sky Italia (opens in new tab) is the place to watch F1 in Italy. Former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides pitlane reporting while Jacques Villeneuve provides commentary.

How to watch F1 live stream in Japan

DAZN (opens in new tab) has been the home of Formula 1 in Japan for several seasons. The sports streaming service offers deliver live coverage of every race and stats galore.

How to watch F1 live stream in Portugal

Sport TV (opens in new tab) has the pay TV rights to F1 in Portugal until 2024. Subscription to the firm's streaming service costs from €6.99 a month.

How to watch F1 live stream in Mexico

Fox Sports has the official broadcasting rights to air the 2023 F1 in Mexico, with nine races set for Fox Sports Premium. Free-to-air TV station Canal 5 (opens in new tab) will offer coverage of the 2023 Mexican GP (29th Oct). It should also be remembered that you can live stream F1 in Mexico through the F1 TV Pro app at a cost of – hold onto your helmets! – $949 a year. That's compared to just $29.99 a year in India.

F1 2023 race calendar – start times

Lewis Hamilton driving his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car at the Yas Marina Circuit

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3-5 March 2023Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International3pm GMT
17-19 March 2023Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah5pm GMT
31 Mar - 2 April 2023Australian Grand PrixMelbourne6am BST
28-30 April 2023Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit12pm BST
5-7 May 2023Miami Grand PrixMiami International8.30pm BST
19-21 May 2023Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari2pm BST
26-28 May 2023Monaco Grand PrixMonaco2pm BST
2-4 June 2023Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona 2pm BST
16-18 June 2023Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve7pm BST
30 June – 2 July 2023Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring2pm BST
7-9 July 2023British Grand PrixSilverstone3pm BST
21-23 July 2023Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring2pm BST
28-30 July 2023Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps Circuit2pm BST
25-27 Aug 2023Dutch Grand PrixZandvoort2pm BST
1-3 Sept 2023Italian Grand PrixMonza2pm BST
15-17 Sept 2023Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay1pm BST
22-24 Sept 2023Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka International6am BST
6-8 Oct 2023Qatar Grand PrixLusail International3pm BST
20-22 Oct 2023US Grand PrixCircuit of The Americas8pm BST
27-29 Oct 2023Mexican Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez8pm GMT
3-5 Nov 2023Brazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Interlagos5pm GMT
17-19 Nov 2023Las Vegas Grand PrixLas Vegas6am GMT
24-26 Nov 2023Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit1pm GMT

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