Formula One is back with a bang. It's a shorter season but it's packed with races, so there should be plenty of action as 20 cars battle it out for the 70th FIA F1 World Championship. Make sure you know how to watch an F1 live stream wherever you are.
Lewis Hamilton currently leads the driver's championship with 190 points but can the British driver extend his lead even further at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom?
Those in the UK can watch the F1 Tuscan Grand Prix in HD and 4K via Sky Sports, including practice sessions and qualifying in the days leading up. (British citizens with Sky or Now TV will need to use a VPN to be able to watch when outside the UK). US race fans can the whole F1 season for $80.
So far, it looks like Mercedes are in a league of their own. Valtteri Bottas went fastest in second practice, closely followed by teammate Lewis Hamilton. We'll find out soon enough. Once final practice is out the way, qualifying will get underway today at 1pm BST.
The Russian Grand Prix takes place over 53 laps of the 5.848-kilometre Sochi Autodrom. Victory for Lewis Hamilton would put him 25 points closer to a seventh world title and see him draw level with Michael Schumacher's F1 win record. Schumi's tally of 91 wins was thought to be untouchable. But this 2020, a year that has turned received wisdom upside down.
"It just doesn't seem real," said Hamilton. "Obviously it's ultimately a privilege to be in a position and have such a great team and a car to be able to deliver weekend in, weekend out."
With just eight races to go, including a trip to the historic Nürburgring in Germany, the 2020 F1 World Championship is heating up faster than a fresh set of softs. Let's hope Valtteri Bottas can make a fight of it and keep Lewis on his toes until the season finale in Abu Dhabi on the 13th December.
Revved up for Sochi? Here's a guide to watching the 2020 Russian Grand Prix online, on TV, on your laptop and on your mobile...
Formula One F1 TV Pro season pass
Formula One itself offers an on-demand and live streaming service to race fans everywhere. Exactly what you get depends on what country you're in, so it may be a case of making sure you're signed up to a VPN if you're away from home.
Those in the US, for example, can sign up to a $79.99 F1 TV Pro season pass with live streams of every track session for all Grands Prix, access to all driver onboard cameras and team radios and live streams of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup races.
There's also on-demand access to full race replays and highlights, the F1 onboard cameras, all F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup replays and F1's historic race archive too - an excellent package for petrol heads.
Watch Formula One anywhere in the world using a VPN
We'll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based F1 fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription you're still not going to be able to watch the Grand Prix from another country.
There are certain territories where some or all of the races are free to air – so if you're away in Albania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Russia, Slovenia, USA, the Middle East or North Africa, you may just need to tune in on your hotel TV or find a local bar. You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show live Formula 1 here.
Anywhere else and you might want to get yourself a VPN instead. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your service provider will think that you’re in the correct country to do so and allow you to watch the F1.
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.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
Watch Formula One live in the UK
The Tuscan Grand Prix practice, qualifying sessions and live race are all aired to UK viewers by Sky Sports, where it is all live in HD and in 4K resolution on the company’s Ultra HD service. You’ll need to receive the Sky Sports F1 channel to enjoy all the coverage.
That comes bundled in with all the other sports channels as part of the £18 per month Sky Sports pack or on its own for £10 per month.
If that all sounds a bit much, then anyone can enjoy the F1 using Sky's pay-per-view platform, Now TV. Now TV is available on all good smart TVs and set-top-boxes You can choose between a day, week or month-long pass and it’s worth keeping an eye on just how many races each one might scoop up at any one time in the F1 calendar.
Now TV Sports day passes from £9.99
A day pass for sports on Now TV can cost as little as £9.99, with a weekly pass coming in at £14.99 for those after qualifying as well. A monthly pass is £33.99 if you want to cover two or three races.View Deal
The Sky Sports F1 HD channel is also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It comes with all the other Sky Sports channels and all the BT Sports ones too, including BT Sports Ultra HD. All of that brings access to just about every televised sports action you'd care to mention including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.
If you're already a Virgin Media TV subscriber, then it may be a case of upping your package by just a few pounds per month.
It’s not all a dead loss without Sky in the UK. Channel 4 has the rights for the highlights of the F1 race and the F1 qualifiers which air a few hours after the end of the sessions. You can tune into the coverage in HD on Channel 4 and on the Channel 4 website.
Watch Formula One live in 4K
To watch in 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.
Watch Formula One 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.
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.
Live 2020 Formula One race calendar
The Formula One season usually runs from March to December 2020 with 22 races but that's all changed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Below you'll find the dates for each of the Grand Prix on the 2020 Formula One calendar so far:
13th Sept: Formula 1 Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000, Monza, Italy
27th Sept: Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom, Russia
11th Oct: Formula1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel, Nurburgring, Germany
25th Oct: Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao, Portugal
1st Nov: Formula 1 Emirates Grand Premio Dell'Emilia Romagna, Imola, Italy
15th Nov: Turkey Grand Prix, Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey
29th Nov: Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain IC, Sakhir, Bahrain
6th Dec: Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain IC, Sakhir, Bahrain
13th Dec: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi