Formula 1 is back! The 2021 F1 season moves onto the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest this weekend, as Verstappen and Hamilton resume their epic battle for the Driver's Championship. Want to watch F1 in 4K? Fancy a free F1 live stream or season pass? No need to grind your gears scanning Reddit – we've listed out the cheapest global viewing options below. Make sure you know how to watch an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world...
Despite lockdowns, the 2021 F1 calendar boasts a record-breaking 21 races (up from 17 in 2020). The Australian Grand Prix has been postponed until November, making the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this year's season opener. There won't be a race in China, Vietnam or Singapore, but the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set for the 5th December. We'll also be treated to a Austrian double-header at the Red Bull Ring in June.
All eyes are on Hamilton vs Verstappen, which is proving to be the highlight of the season so far. McLaren CEO Zak reckons it's a "matter of time" before the pair crash into each other. Meanwhile, Hamilton has started to play a few mind games, telling reporters, "We have respect for each other, but Max still has a lot to prove. I have maybe a little less."
The pit lane is teeming with new cars and drivers. A resurgent Sebastien Vettel is driving for Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso is back in F1 but struggling to adapt to the Alpine and Sergio Perez partners Max Verstappen at Red Bull. Lando Norris is driving out of his skin in the McLaren, who are in contention for 'best of the rest' in the Constructors. There are even rumours that Williams driver George Russell – aka Mr Saturday – could replace Valterri Bottas at Mercedes in 2022.
Either way, it's already an unmissable season of F1 and – according to commentator Martin Brundle – "tighter than ever." Watching every race isn't cheap, especially if you're in a country with a paywall but there are lots of viewing options available this year. We've listed all the cheapest best ways to watch F1 in HD from your TV, tablet and mobile below.
Whether you want to watch F1 in 4K, get an F1 season pass or catch an F1 free live stream, it's all here for you.
F1 season pass for only $79.99
Want to watch the entire F1 season from start to finish? F1 TV Pro is the way to go. Fans in the USA can subscribe for only $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Bargain, right? You can also buy it in France and the Netherlands for €7.99 a month.
Formula 1's official streaming app includes full, live coverage of every F1 race in HD. There's no commercial breaks and you can select audio commentary from Sky TV's Martin Brundle and David Croft.
F1 TV Pro is available in 188 countries – but not the UK due to Sky's deal to show live races. So if you're from abroad and trying to watch your F1 TV Pro pass while in the UK, you'll need to use a VPN to access the live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN. It comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don't like the service, all you need to do is cancel and you'll get you money back.
F1 TV Pro is available through the F1 TV website, iOS/Android apps, Roku TV and other mobile devices. Later in the year, it will be upgraded with cast support for both Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2. F1 also plans to up the streaming quality to 1080p at 50fps. What's not to love?
Watch an F1 live stream 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 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.
How to watch F1 in 4K
Sky has the exclusive UK television rights to show F1 until the end of 2024. To watch 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 whack but it’s the only way to watch the F1 live and in 4K.
How to stream F1 in Full HD with Dolby 5.1
Don't want to commit to a Sky contract? Anyone can enjoy the F1 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.
How to watch a free F1 live stream
Lucky enough to live in Austria? You can watch the entire 2021 F1 season for free!
ServusTV, 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 every race will be shared between ServusTV an ORF. Commentary will be in German, natürlich.
Going to be outside your home country of Austria? 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. Wunderbar!
How to watch an F1 live stream in Spain
With Carlos Sainz Jr headed to Ferrari, and the return of Fernando Alonso to F1, 2021 is set to be huge year for Spanish F1 fans.
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 launches 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 live stream in Brazil
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 and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for 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 as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Bueno!
F1 live stream in Australia
G'day motorsport fans. Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers will get a front row seat when the action starts on 28th March 2021.
Kayo Sports is offering 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, plus a free F1 live stream of the Australian Grand Prix.
F1 live stream in Germany
Keen to see Sebastian Vettel's first season with Aston Martin? For many years RTL broadcast F1 races, but Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 races this season.
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 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 as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Das is supercool, ja?
Watch F1 live in the USA
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, Canadian 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 switch to s top streaming service such as FuboTV for free...
F1 live stream in Russia
If you're keen to see Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin make his debut for Haas, you'll be thrilled to hear that the 2021 F1 season will be show free-to-air on Match TV 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 as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Nostrovia!
F1 live stream in Italy
Sky Italia is the place to watch F1 in Italy. F2 champion and former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides brilliant pitlane reporting, while the likes of Jacques Villeneuve do the business in the commentary box. These guys don't mince their words.
Don't fancy taking out a Sky contact? Italian F1 fans can stream every race live via Sky's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!
F1 live stream in Japan
DAZN 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!
Full 2021 F1 calendar (updated)
|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||Lewis Hamilton|
|20-23 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco Circuit||Monte Carlo||Max Verstappen|
|4-6 June||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku street circuit||Azerbaijan||Sergio Perez|
|18-20 June||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||France||Max Verstappen|
|25-27 June||Steiermark Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Austria|
|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|
|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|