How to Watch and Stream the 2024 Australian GP – CNET

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Livestreams all F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup races

Formula 1 is back this weekend, after a bit of time off. Two weeks ago, fans watched F1’s 20 drivers (with one brand-new face) take on the Jeddah Corniche circuit. Max Verstappen and Red Bull walked away victorious for the second weekend in a row. 

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Future Ferrari teammates Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc both gave solid performances at last weekend’s season opener, with Hamilton coming in seventh and Leclerc coming in fourth. 

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When, where and what time are the races?

Races are held on Sunday and are usually spaced two weeks apart. Here’s the entire schedule.

F1 2024 schedule

Whether or not you have cable, ESPN’s stand-alone streaming service is great for casual fans of Formula 1 and is a must-have accessory for fanatics. It costs $11 a month (or $110 a year) and currently, ESPN has a deal with F1 to show 18 out of 23 Grands Prix this year. The catch is that ESPN Plus doesn’t always air the free practice or qualifying sessions, but it tends to air Sprint races and the Sprint Shootout. 

If you’re an F1 fan who’s also looking to get your Disney fix, the Disney trio bundle (Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus) might end up being an even better buy. It’s great for fans who love catching the parts of the race weekend that typically air on EPSN2 or ESPNews, and who need the latest Marvel movies or Star Wars shows.

If you’re a diehard fan of motorsports and Formula series racing, ESPN Plus might not be for you, given that it rarely covers F2, F3 or Porsche Supercar racing. That’s why ESPN Plus is ideal for casual fans who enjoy catching a race every once in a while, or super fans who don’t want or need all of the extra bells and whistles of F1 TV, but want to beef up their coverage options.

Read our full review of ESPN Plus.

How to watch F1 online from anywhere using a VPN

If you find yourself unable to view the race locally, you may need a different way to watch — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on race day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals taking place right now.

Livestream F1 racing in the UK

F1 in the UK is shown on Sky Sports and Channel 4 — Sky Sports airs the races, practice rounds and qualifying, while free-to-air Channel 4 offers highlights broadcast after the day’s action takes place. If you already have Sky Sports as part of your TV package, you can stream the race via its app, but cord-cutters can watch Sky TV with unlimited Sky Sports on a Now TV membership.

Other options for streaming in the US without cable

Beyond ESPN Plus, numerous live TV streaming services carry channels with F1. Race weekends normally start on Friday with multiple practice runs and continue on Saturday with qualifying. The races themselves take place Sunday. ESPN typically airs practices and qualifying on a mix of ESPN 2 and ESPNews, while the races tend to air on ESPN. F1 events in North America often land on ABC. 

Here are some of the best ways to catch the entire race weekend without cable.

Hulu Plus Live TV costs more than YouTube TV at $77 per month, and offers all the channels you need to watch every second of race weekend. As an added bonus, Hulu Plus Live TV comes with the rest of the Disney Bundle, which includes a Hulu on-demand content, along with subscriptions to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. 

Read our Hulu Plus Live TV review.

Fubo costs $80 per month and includes ABC, ESPN and ESPN 2. The base package lacks ESPNews, but you can add it for an extra $8 a month with the Fubo Extra package, or pay for the $90-a-month Elite streaming tier that includes Fubo Extra. Check out which local networks Fubo offers here.

Read our Fubo review.

For gearheads looking to get every angle on the action, F1 offers its own streaming service. F1 TV Pro costs $85 per season, or $11 per month, and gives fans access to all races from F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup. You’ll be able to livestream every track session from all F1 Grands Prix and have access to all driver onboard cameras and team radios. You’ll also be able to watch full on-demand races, replays and highlights, along with F1’s historic race archive.

F1 also offers a TV Access Plan for $30 per year, or $3.50 per month, which only gives you on-demand access to races once they have been completed. You will still be able to view all F1 onboard cameras, along with full replays of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup. It also includes the historic race archive.

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