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F1 live stream: How to watch Formula 1 online and on your TV

Esteban Ocan (in helmet) celebrates after winning the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021.
Esteban Ocan (in helmet) celebrates after winning the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Image credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images)
F1 Past and Future

PREVIOUSLY: Lewis Hamilton claimed his 100th race win at the Russian GP in Sochi on Sept. 26.

WHAT'S NEXT: Drivers are off to Istanbul for the Turkish GP on Oct. 10.

Here's how to watch Formula 1 online and on your TV as the competition continues.

Following Daniel Ricciardo's victory at Monza during the Italian GP, F1's best drivers headed to Sochi in Russia for a historic moment in F1 history.

Off the starting line, it was Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, and George Russell wrestling for first place, with Max Verstappen slowly making progress from the back of the pack and Lewis Hamilton sneaking past Fernando Alonso on the second lap into 6th place.

Sainz held onto his lead for 12 laps, but Lando Norris managed to sneak ahead of him on lap 13. As the race wore on Red Bull's Sergio Pérez climbed to pole position, with Alonso, Charles Leclerc, and Norris all trying to take that lead back.

As the race wore on, some slow pit stops and big moves from Hamilton and Verstappen had shaken things up again. Hamilton was back up front just behind Norris by lap 47, and it was here that rain started to get worse and affect the race. 

In the final few laps, there was heartbreak for Norris; Hamilton made the decision to head into the pits, but Norris stayed out in front. In Sector 2, Norris lost control of his and slid wide on a corner on lap 51, allowing Hamilton to speed ahead and secure the win.

When he crossed the line, Hamilton became the first-ever driver to reach 100 race wins in Formula 1, retaking the Championship lead. Due to the rain, Max Verstappen managed to move up five positions in as many laps to take second, with Carlos Sainz completing the podium in third place.

As ever, you can watch Russian GP highlights below. Since the Singapore GP was canceled earlier in the year, there's been a bit of a wait for the next leg of the competition, but we're now just days away from the next race! Drivers are off to Istanbul Park for the Turkish GP on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Here's the current state of the 2021 F1 schedule as it stands as of the last race, along with every single winner from the season so far:

  • March 28 — Bahrain (Sakhir) — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • April 18 — Italy (Imola) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
  • May 2 — Portuguese Grand Prix (Algarve) — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • May 9 — Spain (Barcelona) — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • May 23 — Monaco (Monaco) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • June 6 — Azerbaijan (Baku) — Sergio Perez, Red Bull
  • June 20 — France (Le Castellet) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • June 27 — Austria (Spielberg) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • July 4 — Austria (Spielberg) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • July 18 — United Kingdom (Silverstone) — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Aug. 1 — Hungary (Budapest) — Esteban Oco, Alpine
  • Aug. 29 — Belgium (Spa) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • Sept. 5 — Netherlands (Zandvoort) — Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • Sept. 12 — Italy (Monza) — Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
  • Sept. 26 — Russia (Sochi) — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Oct. 3 — Singapore (Marina Bay) [canceled]
  • Oct. 10 — Turkey (Istanbul Park) [previously Japan, Suzuka which has been canceled]
  • Oct. 24 — USA (Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX)
  • Nov. 7 — Mexico (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City)
  • Nov. 14 — Brazil (Interlagos, Sao Paulo)
  • Nov. 21 — Australia (Melbourne) [canceled]
  • Dec. 5 — Saudi Arabia (Jeddah Street Circuit)
  • Dec. 12 — Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

All race fixtures are correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change.

Watch F1 while you're away from home with a VPN

If you're going to be away from home but still want to ensure you catch the next leg of the F1 calendar, you can use a VPN to enable you to watch wherever you are. 

With a VPN, you can redirect your connection so that your network traffic is coming from your home country. (After all, a Brit in, say, France, is still very much a Brit, right?) VPNs are easier to use than ever before, and they're also getting less expensive, too!

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Formula 1 racing, or F1 as the cool kids call it, is one of the oldest and most prestigious forms of auto racing. These open-wheel, single-seat race cars also pack the highest speed capabilities of the major professional racing leagues. It's no wonder why fans love watching these slick and tense races.

If you want to watch F1 racing, but you've cut the cord and turned your back on cable TV, you still have several solid choices if you want to stream Formula 1.

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Watch F1 on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu With Live TV is the most popular live streaming service in the United States with more than 4 million subscribers. It has a slate of channels and a price that's competitive.

And it's even more affordable if you pair it up with the Disney Bundle, which gets you Hulu on-demand, Hulu Live, ESPN+ and Disney+ for just $72.99 a month. That's just $7 more a month than if you were to get Hulu With Live TV on its own, so it's a pretty sweet deal.

Hulu With Live TV is available on every major streaming service. You can watch Hulu live on Roku. You can watch Hulu on Amazon Fire TV. You can watch it on Apple TV, Android TV, Google TV, on iPhone and Android, in a web browser, on smart TV systems, and on gaming platforms.

Hulu With Live TV should have many of your local channels (you can check here) in addition to many of the channels you'd find on a cable subscription.

And, yes, with ESPN and ESPN2, you can watch every single F1 race in 2021.

Watch F1 on YouTube TV

YouTube TV is the second-largest streaming service in the United States. If you put YouTube TV vs. Hulu you'll find that both have a competitive slate of channels, with a good bit of overlap. But YouTube TV does have some channels that Hulu does not. (Both have ESPN, of course.)

YouTube TV costs $64.99 a month (same as Hulu With Live TV) and has a number of premium add-ons available as well. You'll also get a seven-day free trial of YouTube when you sign up.

YouTube TV also should have your local channels, too. (You can check by entering your ZIP code here.)

And YouTube TV is available on every major streaming service. So you can watch YouTube TV on Roku, and you can watch YouTube TV on Amazon Fire TV. You also can watch it on Android TV and Google TV, on Apple TV, and on the web.

Watch F1 on Sling TV

Sling TV is still an excellent option for watching F1 races. It's also one of the most economical, as it's about as close as you can get to having true a la carte TV. 

ESPN is included in the Sling Orange plan, which runs just $35 a month. From there, you can build things out with the Sling Orange Extras to really customize your own streaming package.

If you want even more channels, you can get both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans for $50 a month, getting every channel available on both plans.

Sling has a number of local channels, which is good, but that varies by region. (You can make sure it has what you want here.) 

Watch F1 on FuboTV

FuboTV is all about sports, and you most certainly can watch F1 on Fubo. It's got ESPN, of course, as well as a number of regional sports networks. FuboTV also has a number of premium add-ons that can get you even more sports that you can't find anywhere else.

The basic FuboTV plan starts at $64.99 a month and comes with 95 channels, 500 hours of DVR, and the ability to watch on three devices at once. That includes the ESPN family of channels, so you'll be able to watch every F1 race. For even more channels, there's the Fubo Elite package, which gets you 159 channels, 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and the ability to watch on up to five devices at once for $79.99 a month.

Fubo also has many local channels as well — you can see what's available in your region here.

FuboTV is available on every major streaming platform. You can watch FuboTV on Roku, and watch FuboTV on Amazon Fire TV. It's also found on Apple TV, Android TV, on smart TV platforms, on iOS and Android, and on the web.

Watch Formula 1 Studio Shows on ESPN3

This year, Formula 1 on ESPN networks means more than just live races. Two F1 studio shows called Welcome to the Weekend and Pit Lane Live, which are produced by Sky Sports, will be available on ESPN3. ESPN3 is a streaming-only platform available through live streaming services and cable bundles alongside the regular ESPN networks.

ESPN3 is available on YouTube TV, Hulu, FuboTV, and Sling TV. You can watch ESPN3 content in the ESPN app. That app is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

ESPN3 is also available through some internet providers, like Comcast Xfinity or Verizon FIOS Internet plans. However, ESPN3 access through your internet provider only works on computers in a browser, not on streaming devices like Roku.

Check out the ESPN3 Schedule

Watch Formula 1 on F1TV

The official Formula One Federation, FIA, has their own paid streaming service available if you want the ultimate in F1 access. The plan includes access to content from F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup levels, along with a catalog of past races.

F1TV offers two different subscription plans. F1TV Access costs $27 per year, and offers F1 race on demand replays and highlights, including angles from all onboard cameras from the cars. F1TV Pro is $80 per year, and it adds live streaming of every track session for every race. Live streams include the broadcast along with onboard cameras and team radios. If you choose F1TV Pro, you can get a 7 day free trial.

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.