It might be the same weekend as the Monaco Grand Prix but there's just as much hype around the famous Indianapolis 500 this year. Here's how to watch the Indy 500 including the date and start time UK. See also: Best TVs 2017.

In Formula 1, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the jewels in the crown, but McLaren driver and two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso is missing the race to compete in the Indy 500. So racing fans are more interested in the American spectacle in 2017 - Alonso qualified in fifth.

Indy 500 start time UK

The Indy 500 race is on the same day as the Monaco Grand Prix, 28 May, but luckily they don't take place at the same time.

Things kick-off pretty early local time in the US with red carpet style proceedings at 8:30am but the race is due to starts at 12:20pm.

That means the race will start at 5:20pm UK time and is expected to last around three hours. Also see: How to watch the Stanley Cup Final online.

How to watch the Indy 500 in the UK

If you're wanting to watch the 101st Indy 500 in the UK then you can tune in via BT Sport/ESPN with coverage starting at 4:30pm.

You can tune in if you have the right channel on TV via boxes like YouView or Sky Q but also via the website and the BT Sport app. This means you can watch a live stream on wide range of devices including smartphones and tablets.

If you're trying to watch the Indy 500 outside of the UK (and the US) then you'll likely need to use a VPN. We recommend Pure VPN but you can read more about VPNs in our Best VPN 2017 round-up.