The 2022 French Grand Prix gets underway at the spectacular Circuit Paul Ricard today at 2pm BST. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc starts on pole, just ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen, so expect fireworks at the first corner. The race weekend is on Sky in the UK, ESPN in the US and free-to-air on Austrian TV. Travelling at the moment? Follow our guide below to watch a French Grand Prix free live stream from abroad.
Date: 22nd – 24th July 2022
Circuit: Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, Marseille
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F1 season pass: F1 TV Pro 7-day free trial (opens in new tab)
4K stream: Sky TV (UK)
What a race this is going to be! Charles Leclerc is on pole ahead of Max Verstappen, who leads the Frenchman by 38 points in the drivers' championship. Sergio Perez starts 3rd, while Lewis Hamilton starts his 300th Grand Prix from 4th. Carlos Sainz will start from the back of the grid after taking a new engine.
Today's 2022 French Grand Prix takes place over 53 laps of the 5.842-kilometre Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, just 30 minutes drive from the French Riviera. The track's dizzying run of high-, medium- and low-speed corners makes it a tough challenge. It's going to be a hot one – the weather at Le Castellet weather is a tyre-blistering 33°C.
Austrian fans can watch Sunday's 2022 French Grand Prix for free, but will need to use VPN to access the live stream (opens in new tab) if they're abroad this week. Below you'll find all the ways to watch a French Grand Prix live stream wherever you are in the world.
French Grand Prix free live stream
Lucky enough to live in Austria? You can watch the entire 2022 French Grand Prix – practice, quali, race – free on ServusTV (opens in new tab). Those in Luxembourg can get a free F1 live stream on RTL Zwee. (opens in new tab)
Use a VPN to access your local F1 stream wherever you are in the world. (opens in new tab)
We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Full details just below.
Watch a 2022 French Grand Prix live stream from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 French Grand Prix 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, helping you access local streams from where you are – and saving you money!
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How to use a VPN for the French Grand Prix live stream
Using a VPN to watch the F1 while abroad is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the French Grand Prix, you may wish to choose 'Luxembourg' for RTL Zwee or 'Austria' for Servus.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). 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.
Watch the French Grand Prix in 4K
More recently, Sky has confirmed that F1 will be broadcast in 4K HDR for the first time.
Check out today's best Sky TV deals if you want to watch F1 live and in 4K UHD.
Stream the French Grand Prix in Full HD with Dolby 5.1
Don't want to commit to a Sky contract? Anyone can enjoy the 2022 F1 season using 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 TV Boost add-on and you can stream in Full 1080p HD with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
F1 season pass for only $9.99 per month
Want to watch the entire F1 season – including the 2022 French Grand Prix – from start to finish? Formula 1's streaming service, F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab), is a great option. Fans in the USA can subscribe for only $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year, while those in France and the Netherlands can snag F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month.
F1 TV Pro includes full, live coverage of every F1 race in HD. There are no commercial breaks and you can select English audio commentary from Sky TV's Martin Brundle and David Croft.
The service is available in over 188 countries – but not the UK (Sky has TV rights until 2024).
F1 TV Pro is available through the F1 TV website, iOS/Android apps, Roku TV and other mobile devices. The F1 app is now available on Apple TV, too.
French Grand Prix live in the USA
ESPN will carry live coverage of every F1 race, including this weekend's French Grand Prix, to subscribing US fans. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.
The French Grand Prix race is at 9am ET on Sunday, 24th July 2022.
Don't have cable? Cord-cutters can switch to a streaming service such as Sling (opens in new tab) Orange or FuboTV...
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Catch every race of the 2022 F1 season with Sling Orange, which provides streaming access to ESPN. It's $35 each month after the half-price first month, but there's no contract and you can cancel at any time.
FuboTV 7-day free trial (opens in new tab)
Fubo TV has ESPN and ABC (plus CBS, NBC and FOX) so it's a good choice for streaming sports, including the 2022 F1 season. The app supports Roku, Fire TV and iOS/Android devices. There's a 7-day free trial and plans start from $69.99 thereafter. No contract, cancel anytime.
French Grand Prix live stream in Spain
Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari and Fernando Alonso at Alpine means 2022 is set to be a huge year for Spanish F1 fans.
DAZN (opens in new tab) has the rights to show Formula 1, including the 2022 French Grand Prix, in Spain until the end of 2023. The streaming service will show the F1 World Championship on its exclusive DAZN F1 channel.
F1 live stream with DAZN for €9.99 a month (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)DAZN has the rights to the F1 in Spain as well as a host of other sports including football, UFC and more. Subscription costs jus €9.99 a month. No contract, cancel at anytime.
French Grand Prix live stream in Brazil
TV Band is now the official F1 broadcaster in Brazil, which means Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) and stream every track session of the 2022 F1 season for R$143 (US$27).
Going to be outside your home country of Brazil? You'll need to use a VPN to access local live streams. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Bueno!
French Grand Prix live stream in Australia
G'day motorsport fans. Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including this Sunday's 2022 French GP. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers will get a front row seat when the action starts.
Kayo Sports is offering new subscribers a 14-day free trial (opens in new tab). After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35.
Happy with highlights? 10Play (opens in new tab) will show free highlights of every race.
French Grand Prix live stream in Germany
Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 race in 2022, including a 2022 French Grand Prix live stream.
With F1 now behind an expensive paywall in Germany, many fans will choose to watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month (opens in new tab), and envy the Austrians getting it for free.
Going to be outside your home country of Germany? Simply use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access a live stream without being blocked.
French Grand Prix live stream in Russia
The 2022 F1 season is due to be shown free-to-air on Match TV (opens in new tab) in Russia.
Going to be outside your home country of Russia? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Nostrovia!
French Grand Prix live stream in Italy
Sky Italia (opens in new tab) is the place to watch F1 – including the 2022 French Grand Prix live stream – in Italy. F2 champion and former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides brilliant pitlane reporting, while Jacques Villeneuve provides commentary.
Don't fancy taking out a Sky contact? Italian F1 fans can stream every race live via Sky's Now (opens in new tab) app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!
French Grand Prix live stream in Japan
DAZN (opens in new tab) has been the home of F1 in Japan for several seasons. The sports streaming service offers deliver live coverage of every race and stats galore, so it's a no-brainer for (the many) F1 fans in Japan. Domo arigato!
2022 F1 calendar, dates and start times
|DATE||GRAND PRIX||CIRCUIT||COUNTRY||Start time (UK)|
|18-20 March 2022||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International||Bahrain||3pm GMT|
|25-27 April 2022||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah||Saudi Arabia||6pm BST|
|8-10 April 2022||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne||Australia||6am BST|
|22-24 April||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||Italy||2pm BST|
|6-8 May 2022||Miami Grand Prix||Miami International||United States||8.30pm BST|
|20-22 May 2022||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona||Spain||2pm BST|
|27-29 May 2022||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||Monaco||2pm BST|
|10-12 June 2022||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City||Azerbaijan||12pm BST|
|17-19 June 2022||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Canada||7pm BST|
|1-3 July 2022||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||Great Britain||3pm BST|
|8-10 July 2022||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Austria||2pm BST|
|22-24 July 2022||French Grand Prix||Paul Ricard||France||2pm BST|
|29-31 July 2022||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||Hungary||2pm BST|
|26-28 Aug 2022||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps Circuit||Belgium||2pm BST|
|24-26 Sept 2022||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||Netherlands||2pm BST|
|9-11 Sept 2022||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Italy||2pm BST|
|30 Sept -1 Oct 2022||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay||Singapore||1pm BST|
|7-9 Oct 2022||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International||Japan||6pm BST|
|21-23 Oct 2022||US Grand Prix||Circuit of The Americas||USA||8pm BST|
|28-30 Oct 2022||Mexican Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||Mexico||7pm GMT|
|11-13 Nov 2022||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Interlagos||Brazil||6pm GMT|
|18-20 Nov 2022||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||UAE||1pm GMT|