Red Bull's Max Verstappen will be out for revenge when he clashes with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix in Cataluyna today. Hamilton starts on pole – the 100th of his career – but who will make it to the top step of the podium?
It's lights out for the Spanish Grand Prix at 2pm BST. The weather in Barcelona is forecast to be 20°C and we could see some scattered showers. Follow our guide on how to watch a Spanish Grand Prix live stream in 4K and for free from anywhere.
Date: Sunday 9th May 2021
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
F1 season pass: F1 TV Pro $79.99 (opens in new tab) (USA)
Free stream: ORF (opens in new tab) (Austria)
Free trial: DAZN F1 (opens in new tab) (Spain)
Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) risk-free
4K stream: Sky TV (opens in new tab) (UK)
"I can't believe we're at 100 and it's down to the men and women who are back at the factory, continuously raising the bar and never giving up," said Hamilton. "Who would have thought at the end of 2012 when we made the decision to partner that we would be qualifying at 100. So I feel very humble and very grateful. I'm ecstatic, like it's my first."
The 2021 Spanish Grand Prix takes place over 66 laps of the 4.655-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday 9th May. The race will take place behind closed doors, sadly. Any spectators who bought tickets will be refunded.
Last week, Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in Portugal, overtaking teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in a race that showed the Briton's dogged determination. After the race, Verstappen said it was really "cool" that the two 2021 F1 rivals "trust" each other in wheel-to-wheel battles.
In other F1 news, there are continued rumours that George Russell could replace Valtteri Bottas by the end of this season. Given Bottas' poor pace in Portimao, anything's possible. They don't call F1 the 'The Piranha Club' for nothing.
Follow our guide to watch a Spanish Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world. Don't forget to look at the free trial options for a Spanish Grand Prix free live stream.
How to watch the Spanish Grand Prix free live stream
Lucky enough to live in Austria? You can watch the entire 2021 F1 season – including the Spanish Grand Prix – for free!
ServusTV (opens in new tab), the free-to-air station owned by Red Bull, has split the rights to F1 with public broadcaster ORF until 2023. Both channels will show the Austrian Grand Prix. Live streams of each race will be shown on either ServusTV (opens in new tab) or ORF (opens in new tab).
Going to be outside your home country of Austria? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Wunderbar!
Watch F1 anywhere in the world using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant F1 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, such 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 safe than others. As a rule, we suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) 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.
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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 on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – you'll be surprised how simple it is.
F1 season pass for only $79.99
Want to watch the entire F1 season from start to finish? F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) is the way to go. Fans in the USA can subscribe for only $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. It's also available in France and the Netherlands for just €7.99 a month. Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the crazy-low price of R$143 (US$27).
Formula 1's official streaming app includes full, live coverage of every track session and F1 race in HD. There's no commercial breaks and you can select audio commentary from Sky's Martin Brundle and David Croft.
F1 TV Pro is available in 188 (opens in new tab) countries, but not the UK due to Sky's deal to show live races. If you're from abroad and trying to watch the Spanish Grand Prix while in the UK, you'll need to use a VPN to access F1 TV Pro without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) 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. Later this year, the app will be upgraded with cast support for both Chromecast and AirPlay 2. F1 also plans to up the streaming quality to 1080p at 50fps. And all for just $79.99 a year (around £59 / AU$105).
How to watch the Spanish Grand Prix in 4K
Sky has the exclusive UK television rights to show F1 until the end of 2024. To watch the Spanish Grand Prix in 4K Ultra HD, 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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Spanish 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 Spanish 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 (opens in new tab)
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 can watch in Full HD with 5.1 surround sound.
Spain: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
With Carlos Sainz Jr making moves at Ferrari and Fernando Alonso back on the grid, the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix is going to be a huge deal for F1 fans in Spain.
DAZN (opens in new tab) 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.
F1 free live stream with DAZN free trial (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. Try it free for seven days. Cancel at anytime.
Brazil: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
TV Band will replace Globo as the official F1 broadcaster in Brazil from 2021 onwards. 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 (opens in new tab) and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the crazy-low price of R$143 (US$27).
Going to be outside your home country of Brazil? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Bueno!
Australia: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
G'day motorsport fans. Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including the Spanish Grand Prix.
Want a front row seat to watch Aussie legend Daniel Ricciardo drive for McLaren? 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, plus a free F1 live stream of November's Australian Grand Prix.
Germany: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
For many years RTL broadcast F1 races, but Sky Germany now has the exclusive rights to every live F1 races this season, including this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at the 4.655-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.
With F1 now behind an expensive paywall in Germany, many fans will question why their French and Dutch neighbours can 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 to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Das is supercool, ja?
USA: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
For complete, all-season access to F1, Americans will need to sign up to the EPSN paid channels or Univision for the Spanish language coverage.
ESPN will carry live coverage of every session to subscribing US fans. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.
You can get instant access to ESPN and some good deals too.
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 American and Mexican grand prix races (as well as a repeat of the Monaco GP) will be broadcast on ABC for free. Don't have cable? Cord-cutters can try a top streaming service such as FuboTV (opens in new tab) for free.
FuboTV Free 7-day trial | $64.99 a month (opens in new tab)
Fubo TV is one of the 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. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel at any time. What's to lose?
Russia: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
If you're keen to see Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin – dubbed 'Maze-spin' by some fans – drive for Haas at the Portuguese Grand Prix, you'll be pleased to know the 2021 F1 season will 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 risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Nostrovia!
Italy: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
Sky Italia (opens in new tab) is the place to watch F1 in Italy. F2 champion and former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides brilliant pit lane reporting, while the likes of Jacques Villeneuve do the business in the commentary box.
Don't fancy taking out an expensive Sky contact? Italian F1 fans can stream every race live via Sky's Now TV (opens in new tab) app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!
Japan: Spanish Grand Prix live stream
DAZN (opens in new tab) has been the home of F1 in Japan for a few seasons now, and will serve up an Spanish 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. Domo arigato!
Full 2021 F1 calendar
|26-28 March||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||Bahrain||Lewis Hamilton|
|16-18 April||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Imola||Italy||Max Verstappen|
|30 April 2 May||Portuguese Grand Prix||Portimão Circuit||Portugal||Lewis Hamilton|
|7-9 May||Spanish Grand Prix||Catalunya Circuit||Spain|
|20-23 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco Circuit||Monte Carlo|
|4-6 June||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku street circuit||Azerbaijan|
|11-13 June||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul Park||Turkey|
|25-27 June||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||France|
|2-4 July||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Austria|
|16-18 July||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||Great Britain|
|30 July - 1 Aug||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||Hungary|
|27-29 Aug||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps Circuit||Belgium|
|3-5 Sept||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||Netherlands|
|10-12 Sept||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Italy|
|24-26 Sept||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi International Street Circuit||Russia|
|1-3 Sept||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore Circuit||Singapore|
|8-10 Oct||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit||Japan|
|22-24 Oct||US Grand Prix||Circuit of The Americas||United States|
|29-31 Oct||Mexico Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||Mexico|
|12-14 Nov||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Interlagos||Brazil|
|19-21 Nov||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||Australia|
|26-28 Nov||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah||Saudi Arabia|
|3-5 Dec||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||UAE|