Our complete guide to the F1 Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the 2020 F1 season online and on TV.
Don't miss the final race of the 2020 Formula One season – the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Moments ago, the Red Bulls secured a one-two in final practice – can they repeat it in qualifying today at 1pm? Here's our definitive guide to getting your F1 live stream fix. And if you're lucky enough to live in some European countries, you can even stream for free...
Viewers in the US can sign up to a $79.99 F1 TV Pro season pass for live streams of every track session for all Grands Prix. US resident abroad? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access your US F1 pass from anywhere in the world. (There are also some countries where you can watch an F1 live stream for free; see below).
We'll get you up to speed with the best Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live streams below but first, here's the latest news...
Lewis Hamilton has tested negative after suffering a bout of coronavirus and has released a video message on social media explaining that he 'feels great'.
"It has been one of the hardest weeks I've had for some time," he said. The seven-time world champion isn't yet firing on all cylinders, and finished a disappointing sixth in final practice at the Yas Marina circuit. Qualifying starts today at 1pm UK time.
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 takes place over 55 laps of the 5.554-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island on Sunday 13th December. The race itself starts at 1.10pm UK time.
Follow our guide on how to watch the best Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream on your laptop, TV or mobile device...
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 Abu Dhabi 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.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as NordVPN.
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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
All the Grand Prix practices, qualifying sessions and live races are 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
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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 of each Grand Prix on the 2020 Formula One calendar:
1. July 3-5: Austrian Grand Prix won by Valtteri Bottas
2. July 10-12: Styrian Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
3. July 17-19: Hungarian Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
4. July 31-Aug 2: British Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
5. Aug 7-9: Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix won by Max Verstappen
6. Aug 14-16: Spanish Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
7. Aug 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
8. Sept 4-6: Italian Grand Prix won by Pierre Gasly
9. Sept 11-13: Tuscan Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
10. Sept 25-27: Russian Grand Prix won by Valtteri Bottas
11. Oct 9-11: Eifel Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
12. Oct 23-25: Portuguese Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
13. Oct 30-Nov 1: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
14. Nov 13-15: Turkish Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
15. Nov 27-29: Bahrain Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
16. Dec 4-6: Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
17. Dec 11-13: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi