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

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 19.
Lewis Hamilton won his seventh F1 series title in 2020. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
F1 Past and Future

THE LAST RACE: Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 13 — the final race of the truncated 2020 season.

THE 2021 SEASON: The full slate is still being finalized, but currently the next season would start March 28 in Bahrain.

The 2021 F1 season is off to in inauspicious start before it even begins. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix — which originally was scheduled for March 21, has been moved to the back of the season and is now set for Nov. 21, 2021.

That would make the Bahrain Grand Prix the first race of the 2021 Formula 1 season on Sunday, March 28.

The Chinese Grand Prix also have been moved to a date to be determined, due to ongoing travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions on when that race could be run are ongoing, F1 says. Meanwhile, look for the Italian Grand Prix at Imola in that April 18 slot.

From there, if all goes according to plan — and it certainly feels a little odd typing that sentence given the state of things — the series would wrap up Dec. 5, 2021, back where it closed out the 2020 season, in Abu Dhabi.

Here's the current state of the 2021 F1 schedule, as it stands as of Jan. 12:

  • March 28 — Bahrain (Sakhir)
  • April 18 — Italy (Imola)
  • May 2 — TBD
  • May 9 — Spain (Barcelona)
  • May 23 — Monaco (Monaco)
  • June 6 — Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • June 13 — Canada (Montreal)
  • June 27 — France (Le Castellet)
  • July 4 — Austria (Spielberg)
  • July 18 — United Kingdom (Silverstone)
  • Aug. 1 — Hungary (Budapest)
  • Aug. 29 — Belgium (Spa)
  • Sept. 5 — Netherlands (Zandvoort)
  • Sept. 12 — Italy (Monza)
  • Sept. 26 — Russia (Sochi)
  • Oct. 3 — Singapore (Singapore)
  • Oct. 10 — Japan (Suzuka)
  • Oct. 24 — USA (Austin)
  • Oct. 31 — Mexico (Mexico City)
  • Nov. 7 — Brazil (Sao Paulo)
  • Nov. 21 — Australia (Melbourne)
  • Dec. 5 — Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
  • Dec. 12 Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)

That's all subject to change, of course. So stay tuned for more.

Watch while you're away from home with a VPN

Now that folks are slowly starting to travel again, it's entirely possible that you'll find yourself out of your home region and unable to watch the F1 race due to geographical limitations. 

One way to fix that is to use a VPN 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, and they're also less expensive than ever.

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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. For F1 fans, we have the full remaining 2020 schedule of Formula 1 races below to help you know when you can see the races, and from where they are broadcasting.

If you want to watch F1 racing, but have already said "goodbye" to the hassle and high prices of cable, you still have several good options. Here is how to stream Formula 1 races if you've cut the cord.

Watch Formula 1 on ESPN via a live streaming service

You may already be a subscriber of a streaming service, which will make it even easier to watch the Formula 1 races on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. If you have never used a live streaming service, you could consider starting a free trial to see if they might be a good addition to your cable-free life. You will need to check with your streaming service of choice to make sure your local ABC station is included.

Hulu with Live TV

The cost: $55 a month after a one week free trial

Watch Hulu on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, web browsers

Local channels on Hulu: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and others. Find your local channels here.

Formula 1 races on Hulu: Yes with local ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

YouTube TV

The cost: YouTube TV channels come in one flavor — $65 a month after a free trial

Watch YouTube TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Samsung, LG, HiSense or Vizio smart TVs, Chromecast, iOS and Android

Local channels on YouTube TV: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.

Formula 1 races on YouTube TV: Yes with local ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

Sling TV

The cost: $30 a month after your first month for $20

Watch Sling TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, LG, Samsung or Vizio smart TVs, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire tablets, browsers and more

Local channels on Sling TV: NBC and Fox on Sling Blue. Local on demand feeds on Sling Orange. Find your local channels here.

Formula 1 races on Sling TV: Some with ESPN and ESPN2 on Sling Orange. You’ll need another option for the race coverage airing on your local ABC.

Fubo TV

The cost: Fubo TV packages start at $59.

Watch Fubo TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, Android and web browsers

Local channels on Fubo TV: CBS, Fox, NBC and CW. Find your locals here.

Formula 1 races on Fubo TV: Check out F1 races on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC on FuboTV.

AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan

The cost: $55 a month after a free trial

Watch AT&T TV Now on: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, web browsers

Local channels on AT&T TV Now: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.

Formula 1 races on AT&T TV Now: Yes with local ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

Watch Formula 1 on ESPN & ESPN2

In the U.S., the easiest way to get most of the Formula 1 races on the schedule this year is on ESPN and ESPN2. The two networks will be broadcasting 18 of the 21 total races, with two races on ESPN and sixteen on ESPN2.

Fubo will soon become an option for Formula 1 as well, as they recently announced that Fubo will add ESPN and other Disney networks soon. When the ESPN channels are live on Fubo, we will update to let you know.

Formula 1 races from ESPN and ESPN2 are available to you in the ESPN app. You can watch on any device that runs the app. You will need a login to activate the app. The ESPN app is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

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 using an over-the-air antenna

If you are looking for a small taste of this racing action, it can be so easy to watch Formula 1 through your local ABC affiliate. ABC will broadcast three racing events this year, with one in June, October, and November. Simply connect a quality over-the-air antenna to your TV or tuner, and turn the channel to your local ABC station at the date & time on the schedule at the end of this article.

The best over-the-air antennas available

You don't have to be limited to just your television when you use an antenna. If you want to use your over-the-air antenna with a smartphone, tablet, or streaming device, you could consider buying an over-the-air streaming box. It will take whatever the antenna can pick up, and convert it to stream on your local network.

The best over-the-air streaming device

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 an 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.