The 71st running of the F1 World Championship is truly going to be one of the greatest motorsport events on Earth. However, you may run into difficulties streaming F1 due to geo-blocking. Here’s how to avoid them.
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Important update: this year, the start of the F1 season had to be postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Starting from March, 22 races will decide the winners of the F1 Drivers’ Championship and Constructors’ Championship. The front-runner, Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will try to beat the total wins record set by none other than Michael Schumacher. However, if you don’t have cable TV, you might have trouble watching the action due to geo-blocking. The easiest way to stream F1 is with a VPN service.
In the rare case that you experience connectivity issues, simply pick another server – SurfShark has many of them in Australia.
Use SurfShark to unblock Formula 1
We recommend SurfShark for streaming the F1 World Championship live. This is one of the fastest VPN services among more than 200 VPN’s we’ve ever tested.
SurfShark works on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Android TV, allowing unlimited devices to connect at the same time. You can set SurfShark up on a router as well. Therefore, you can easily share the same account with friends or family, so they can watch F1 races for free, too.
You can also try the service to test if the speed that you get in your location is good enough to stream F1 live. If you don’t like something, they also offer a money-back guarantee.
How to watch F1 in the USA
If you want to watch F1 for free, the Australian online platform 10 play is the easiest solution. Those based in the US will need a VPN because 10 play is inaccessible in other countries due to geo-blocking. By using Surfshark and connecting through a server in Australia, you will be able to watch the F1 Grand Prix for free.
If you’re willing to pay, you may also choose ABC, ESPN, and ESPN 2. These channels cover most of the F1 Grand Prix, and they are included in the regular Sling TV package. You can get Sling TV now for as little as $30/month.
How to watch F1 in the UK
The best option for free F1 streaming is 10 play – a streaming platform based in Australia. It’s geo-blocked in every other country, but it’s possible to unblock the stream using a premium VPN like Surfshark. To do so, you will need to get a VPN subscription and connect through a server in Australia.
However, if you don’t mind paying a little bit extra, Sky Sports F1 currently costs £18/month and F1 is also included in Sky’s full Sports pack that costs £23/month. You get 8 channels, but the minimum term is 18 months (with a 31-day money-back guarantee).
There’s also an option of NOW TV’s Sky Sports pass that offers an F1 season ticket for £22/month for 9 months.
How to watch F1 in Canada
If you want to save money, the cheapest option to watch F1 in Canada is streaming 10 play using a quality VPN. The channel is blocked outside Australia, but connecting through a VPN server in Australia will let you access the free stream.
Since 2019, Bell Media (TSN/RDS) is no longer the sole broadcaster with exclusive rights to Formula One coverage. You may still get the TSN channel to watch F1, but in 2020 you have more options to choose from.
Canadian viewers also have the option to get ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2 via Sling TV, which is currently available for $30/month.
How to watch F1 in Australia
All the rights to broadcast F1 coverage in Australia are owned by Foxtel. Essentially, they just re-broadcast coverage by Sky Sports using their own channels like Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.
This also might be the reason why F1 TV Pro is unavailable to the users down under, which is not bad news at all as Australian viewers can use 10 Play to watch the F1 Grand Prix for free.
Other live streaming services
Using a VPN to access 10 play is not the only option. Obviously, if you are in Australia you may just connect directly.
Sadly, 10 play is geo-blocked outside Australia, so you’ll need a VPN, such as Surfshark VPN, to use it.
F1 TV pro
F1 TV isn’t a conventional sports broadcaster. The F1 TV Pro package comes with benefits like on-board cameras in every vehicle, access to feeds from team radios (with no censorship, so you can get the real F1 experience), and new camera angles on key parts of the courses.
There are plenty of countries where live F1 TV Pro broadcasts are unavailable, including, but not limited to:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
To watch the races there you would still need a VPN provider to access the streaming service.
F1 2020 schedule
Below is the full schedule of this season’s Formula One. All times are ET. Times and dates are subject to change. This is made worse due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The first four Grands Prix in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, and China have also been canceled. It’s likely that the season will start with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 7th June.
|Australian Grand Prix||March 15||Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||March 22||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|Vietnamese Grand Prix||April 5||Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi|
|Dutch Grand Prix||May 3||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort|
|Spanish Grand Prix||May 10||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona|
|Monaco Grand Prix||May 24||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||June 7||Baku City Circuit, Baku|
|Canadian Grand Prix||June 14||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal|
|French Grand Prix||June 28||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet|
|Austrian Grand Prix||July 5||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|British Grand Prix||July 19||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||August 2||Hungaroring, Mogyoród|
|Belgian Grand Prix||August 30||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot|
|Italian Grand Prix||September 6||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza|
|Singapore Grand Prix||September 20||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|Russian Grand Prix||September 27||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi|
|Japanese Grand Prix||October 11||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka|
|United States Grand Prix||October 25||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas|
|Mexico City Grand Prix||November 1||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City|
|Brasilian Grand Prix||November 15||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||November 29||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
For those, who used to watch F1 on TV and now are returning to their preferred motorsport, below is a list of most frequently asked questions. Hopefully, it will help you to clear up any knowledge gaps that you might have.
You may always find all the countries with their corresponding broadcasters in this link.
In the US, one month of F1 TV Pro cost $9.99/month or $79.99/year (you save 33%). But there are plenty of countries where F1 TV Pro subscription costs less, for example:
- Mexico $6.16/month or $49.16/year
- Cyprus $5.99/month or $49.99/year
- Greece $5.99/month or $49.99/year
All Pro packages come with a 7-day money-back guarantee that requires your credit card details. What is more, you need to use a credit card from the country where you will be buying the subscription.
This depends entirely on your current subscriptions and your location. In some cases, it might be cheaper if you’re already a subscriber of a streaming service like ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC and use Sling TV. In others – your best bet is to purchase 10 play with a VPN service to avoid geo-blocks and just pay for the VPN that is useful in several scenarios other than streaming.
Numerous websites offer free live streams, which come with ad overlays and may not be the most reliable channel for watching entire races. While the picture quality can be fine, these sites are illegal and don’t deliver the amazing quality that you’d get using 10 play with a VPN.
Indeed, you can. In the US, ESPN re-broadcasts Sky’s coverage in detail. F1 TV Pro is also a good choice if you’d like to avoid dealing with Sky Sports altogether. And 10 play is a free choice, you’d need only to live in Australia or use a VPN.
For a long while now, F1 is planning to launch F1 TV Pro channels on Amazon prime. However, such plans are still plans and there’s no possibility to watch it using Amazon Prime subscription.