How to watch Formula E online: here's where to live stream the Diriyah ePrix

Formula E 2022 in Seoul, Korea
Formula E 2022 in Seoul, South Korea (Image credit: Getty Images)

The second Formula E race of 2023 is the Diriyah ePrix, which has properly begun, following the Mexico City ePrix which took place earlier in January. This is the second of eleven races taking place for the cup this year.

Next race

Date: January 27-28
Name: Diriyah ePrix
Location: Riyadh Street Circuit

This race, taking place on the Riyadh Street Circuit, takes place across January 27 and 28, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The first race of the year was won by Jake Dennis, driving for the Avalanche Andretti Formula E team, though with only one race down, this result promises only a glimpse into the next few months of motor racing.

As Formula 1's all-electric counterpart, Formula E puts electric cars at the front, making for a more eco-friendly and futuristic tournament. With technology coming on leaps and bounds, it's also a rapidly-improving tournament.

The Formula E 2023 season is much anticipated, as it marks the arrival of both McLaren and Maserati into the league for the first time, with the former replacing Mercedes. Plus, some big rule changes (detailed below) could lead to quite a different sport.

If you're interested in watching Formula E, this guide will help you, both for the upcoming ePrix and for the tournament as a whole. If you're away from home a VPN is always an option to watch Formula E. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Formula E January 27-28: Diriyah ePrix

The second Formula E tournament of the year is the Diriyah ePrix, taking place across January 27-28. The two races will give multiple racers a chance to win.

The race is hosted by the Riyadh Street Circuit in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. It's a 2.5km route with 21 turns, and unlike some other tracks used in Formula E, it's a bespoke track created specifically for electric racing.

In 2022, Nyck de Vries won the first race and Edoardo Mortara won the second, and while the former isn't racing this year, the latter is.

Also racing is Sam Bird — Bird and de Vries are both tied for most wins on the Diriyah ePrix, at two apiece, and Bird has a chance to gain the lead in this particular rivalry with a win in either of the races in 2023. Bird currently holds the record for fastest lap time on the Riyadh Street Circuit too, at 1:08.723

How to watch Formula E in the US

In the US, the main Formula E broadcaster is CBS.

Some of the races air live on CBS' main channel for anyone with a basic cable setup to watch, but most of them are on CBS Sports Network, a cable sports channel (some practices and qualifiers are also on CBS Sports HQ).

The Mexico City ePrix will be airing on the CBS Sports Network channel, starting at 11:30 pm ET or 8:30 pm PT.

If your cable package doesn't currently offer you CBS Sports Network, there are some online options that can help you. Your two best options are the live TV streaming services Hulu with live TV and FuboTV, which cost $69.99 and $74.99 per month respectively.

For those of you who want to save money, in previous years the Formula E app and website have also let you stream races. While the tournament hasn't stated whether this'll be the case in 2023 too, we'll keep this guide updated if anything is confirmed.

How to watch Formula E in the UK

In the UK, the primary Formula E race broadcaster is Channel 4, though it's only actually showing highlights on TV, on its main channel.

If you want to watch the race live, you have an easy option: the Channel 4 Sport YouTube channel (opens in new tab) will be live-streaming the races, including the Mexico City ePrix which begins at 7pm on Saturday 14.

Another option, if you have it, is Eurosport, as the race coverage will be on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport player. This sports streaming service is now bundled with Discovery Plus, so if you're on the £6.99-per-month Sports plan you can watch this way.

How to watch Formula E online everywhere else

If you're a Formula E fan but broadcasts of the races aren't easily available where you live, a potential solution to this issue is with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address, allowing you can to watch events like Formula E broadcasts from other locations. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

All you need to know about Formula E

A Formula E race at the Hyderabad ePrix, 2022

Hyderabad ePrix, 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images)

When does Formula E 2023 begin and end?

The first race of Formula E is on January 14, and the season ends with the last race on July 30.

How many Formula E 2023 races are there?

Teams compete in 16 different races over the course of the Formula E season, with some of them double-races in the same location:

  • Jan 14: Mexico City ePrix
  • Jan 27-28: Diriyah ePrix
  • Feb 11: Hyderabad ePrix
  • Feb 25: Cape Town ePrix
  • Mar 25: São Paulo ePrix
  • Apr 22-23 Berlin ePrix
  • May 6: Monaco ePrix
  • June 3-4: Jakarta ePrix
  • June 24: Portland ePrix
  • Jul 15-16: Rome ePrix
  • Jul 29-30: London ePrix

Where are the Formula E 2023 races?

There are 11 different tracks being used across the 16 Formula E races, across five continents. They are:

  • Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Riyadh Street Circuit in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
  • Hyderabad Street Circuit in Syderabad, India
  • Cape Town Street Circuit in Cape Town, South Africa
  • São Paulo Street Circuit in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin
  • Circuit de Monaco in Monaco
  • Jakarta International e-Prix Circuit in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore.
  • Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR in Rome
  • ExCel London in London

Who are the Formula E drivers and teams?

There are a total of 11 teams competing in Formula E in the 2023 season. Notably, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, which won the 2022 Teams' Championship, isn't returning.

  • ABT CUPRA Formula E Team: Mahindra M9Electro — Robin Frijns & Nico Müller
  • Avalanche Andretti Formula E: Porsche 99X Electric — Jake Dennis & André Lotterer
  • DS Penske: DS E-Tense FE23 Powertrain — Stoffel Vandoorne & Jean-Éric Vergne
  • Envision Racing: Jaguar I-Type 6 — Sébastien Buemi & Nick Cassidy
  • Jaguar TCS Racing : Jaguar I-Type 6 — Mitch Evans & Sam Bird
  • Mahindra Racing: Mahindra M9Electro — Oliver Rowland & Lucas di Grassi
  • Maserati MSG Racing: Maserati Tipo Folgore — Maximilian Günther & Edoardo Mortara
  • Neom McLaren Formula E Team: Nissan e-4ORCE 04 — Jake Huges & René Rast
  • NIO 333 Racing: NIO 333 ER9 Powertrain — Sérgio Sette Câmara & Dan Ticktum
  • Nissan Formula E Team: Nissan e-4ORCE 04 — Norman Nato & Sacha Fenestraz
  • TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team: Porsche 99X Electric — António Félix da Costa & Pascal Wehrlein

Are there any changes for Formula E 2023?

There are a few things that set the Formula E 2023 season apart from the other ones.

The main upgrade is the introduction of the Gen3 Race Car Standard, which has a higher max speed, more powerful engine, more energy-efficient build (including regenerative braking to recharge the battery) and quicker charging speeds for shorter breaks in a race.

You can read more about the Gen3 Race Car from Formula E's website here (opens in new tab).

Another major change is that the format of each race is shifting from time-based to laps-based.

Quite a few of the locations have changed with São Paulo, Hyderabad and Cape Town joining the lineup but Seoul, Brooklyn and Marrakesh leaving.

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