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

The Red Bull Racing team practice pitstops before practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, August 07, 2020.
The Red Bull Racing team practice pitstops before practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, August 07, 2020. (Image credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The truncated F1 season has quickly become the must-watch sport of the COVID-19 era. Lewis Hamilton has won three of the first four races — in Austria, Hungary and the British Grand Prix — with his latest victory coming despite running the last couple laps without a working front-left tire. That's how far ahead he was, and just how good he's proven to be as a driver.

The teams stay at Silverstone this week for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

F1 Past and Future

THE LAST RACE: Lewis Hamilton won his record seventh British Grand Prix (and third F1 win in a row) despite a crazy final two laps that saw him running on a mostly destroyed front-left tire.

TODAY: The series stays in England for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Aug. 9.

AFTER THAT: The F1 series heads to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix on Aug. 16.

Valtteri Bottas nabbed the pole for today's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone with a fast lap of 1:25.154, barely beating Mercedes teammate Hamilton (1:25.217).

Racing Point's Nico Hulkenberg (1:26.082) and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen (1:26.176) fill out the second row.

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.

70th Anniversary Grand Prix schedule

  • Friday: Practice 1, ESPN2, 5:55 a.m.
  • Friday: Practice 2, ESPN2, 9:55 a.m.
  • Saturday: Practice 3, ESPN, 6:55 a.m.
  • Saturday: Qualifying, ESPN, 8:55 a.m.
  • Sunday: "Grand Prix Sunday," ESPN, 8 a.m.
  • Sunday: Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, ESPN, 9:05 a.m.

Watch Formula 1 on ABC 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: $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: $55 a month after a one week trial

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: None right now, but ESPN and ESPN2 are set to arrive on Fubo in August. You’ll still need another option for the race coverage airing on your local ABC.

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.

Check out F1TV at Formula1.com

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.

ExpressVPN is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.View Deal

2020 Formula 1 Race Schedule

Here is the full 2020 Formula 1 race schedule.

  • Austrian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • Syrian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Hungary: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Great Britain: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Great Britain: Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Aug. 9
  • Spain: Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio De España, Aug. 16
  • Belgium: Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 30
  • Italy: Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken D'italia, Sept. 6
  • Italy: Tuscan Grand Prix, Sept. 13
  • Russia: Sochi Russian Grand Prix, Sept. 23
  • Germany: Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Nurburgring, Oct. 11
  • Portugal: Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao, Oct. 25
  • Bologna: Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio Dell'Emilia Romangna, Imola, Nov. 1

The remaining schedule for the 2020 season will be finalized soon, and F1 is expecting to hold between 15-18 total races this season.