F1 live stream: how to watch every 2023 race free online, Japanese GP Qualifying live

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 Japanese Grand Prix is next (22-24 Sept), so now's the time to find the best F1 live stream. The race will be live on ESPN (USA), Sky Sports (UK) and F1 TV Pro (RoW). A few other lucky countries – such as Austria – can watch a free F1 live stream! Use a VPN 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: ORF (Austria) RTBF (Belgium)
HD stream:F1 TV Pro 7-day free trial (India)
Watch anywhereUse ExpressVPN to watch any stream

Next race: Japanese Grand Prix 2023

  • Practice 1 – Friday 22nd September | 3.30am BST / 10.30pm ET
  • Practice 2 – Friday 22nd September | 7am BST / 2am ET
  • Practice 3 Saturday 23rd September | 3.30am BST / 10.30pm ET 
  • Qualifying – Saturday 23rd September | 7am BST / 2am ET
  • Grand Prix – Sunday 24th September | 6am BST / 1am ET

F1 2023 season preview

The 2023 Japanese Grand Prix takes place over 53 laps of the 5.807-kilometre Suzuka International Racing Course this Sunday, 24th September. Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated Friday practice, ending the day 0.320 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Saturday's qualifying starts at 7am.

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 are 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. Daniel Ricciardo replaces Nyck de Vries at Alpha Tauri after a mid-season swap. However, Liam Lawson will get a second outing for AlphaTauri at the Italian GP with Ricciardo still recovering from a broken hand.

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

There are no major rule changes for this year, but F1 has announced six Sprint races for the 2023 F1 season. 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 a free live F1 stream. There are also free, extended highlights available too.

ORF is streaming 11 races for free, including the Japanese GP. Servus TV has the rights to the other 12 races.

RTL Zwee has the rights to every 2023 Formula 1 race.

RTBF will serve up a free F1 live stream (email registration required).

10Play will provide free highlights of every race this season.

Channel 4 airs free highlights of every race. 

Use Express VPN to access local free F1 streams when abroad

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.

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 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 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 Austria for ORF/Servus TV.

3. Then head over to ORF on your browser or device and enjoy the free F1 live stream.

You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark 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 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. 

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F1 season pass for $29.99

F1 TV Pro 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.

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 ABC have the rights to commercial-free, live F1 races until 2025. Don't have cable? It's actually cheaper to watch ESPN and ABC on streaming services such as Sling or FuboTV...

The 2023 Italian GP is split across ESPN2 (practice and qualifying) and ESPN/ESPN+ (full race).

F1 on Sling TV 50% off your first month

F1 on Sling TV 50% off your first month
Catch the majority of the 2023 F1 season with Sling Orange, which provides streaming access to ESPN and ABC. 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

F1 on FuboTV Free 7-day trial | $74.99 a month
Fubo TV has 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

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 7-day free trial. After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. One is AU$25; Basic is $30; Premium is $35

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

Watch F1 live in the Netherlands

Ziggo Sport has the rights to live F1 practice, qualifiers and races in 2023.

Away from the Netherlands? Sign up to ExpressVPN, 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 has the exclusive 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

Watch F1 2023 on DAZN for €9.99 a month
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 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 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 for just 39.99 a year / $5.19 a month. 

How to watch F1 live stream in Croatia

SportKlub 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 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 to access free live coverage on Servus TV or ORF 1.

How to watch F1 live stream in Italy

Sky Italia 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 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 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 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 FerrariCancelled
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

Tom is a journalist, copywriter and content designer based in the UK. He has written articles for T3, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Elle Deco, The Sunday Times, Men's Health, Mr Porter, Oracle and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile technology, electric vehicles and video streaming.

  • Jgmathot
    you are incorrect that in the Netherlands the rights are held by Ziggo Sport.
    In the Netherlands the rights for F1 are solely held by Viaplay.