For 2019 Sky has the exclusive rights to show live Formula 1 races in the UK, so you'll need a Sky TV subscription (or a Now TV pass) which includes the Sky Sports F1 channel. So how else can you can watch F1 live in the UK?
If you want to watch F1 for free, the sad truth is that you can't see the races live. Instead you'll have to wait until Channel 4 broadcasts highlights later in the day, usually at 7pm. There are other ways to watch, which we'll get to in a bit.
When is the Japanese Grand Prix start time in the UK?
With typhoon Hagibis set to hit Japan on Saturday, qualifying has been postponed. Whether the race will be delayed is unknown at this point, but these are the scheduled times.
- Sunday 13 October, 06.10 race start on Sky Sports F1 (build up from 05.10).
- Highlights on Channel 4, 14.20
If you're unable to get to a TV or record either of these broadcasts, highlights of the race will subsequently be available to watch via the All 4 app.
Can you get F1 TV Pro in the UK?
Annoyingly, no, you can't. In case you didn't know, F1 TV Pro is the official streaming service of Forumla 1 but you can't get it in the UK because of Sky's exclusive deal for live races.
F1 TV Pro is only available the US where it costs $79.99 per year. You can also buy it in a few other countries including the Netherlands where it is €7.99 per month.
In the UK, all you can access is the live timing service which costs £2.29 per month. We don't advise using a VPN to buy the service from the US or Netherlands: it's likely your VPN will be detected and Liberty Media, which runs F1, says your subscription will be terminated with no refund.
Can I watch F1 online in 2019?
Yes. You can watch races using the following apps:
- All 4, available for Android and iOS
- Sky Go for Android or iOS (requires Sky subscription)
- Now TV, for Android and iOS, Xbox One and PC (requires subscription)
Note that you cannot watch live on the All 4 app. Highlights are made available at some point later in the day after the race.
If you'd prefer not to switch from another TV supplier the alternative is to watch Sky Sports F1 on Now TV. This is sky's streaming service, which you can watch via the Now TV Player app on a laptop, PC, Mac, phone or tablet, or Sky's own Now TV Stick which connects to an HDMI input on your TV.
Currently there's an offer to get 9 months of Sky Sports on Now TV for a one-off payment of £195, which works out at £21.67. That's a lot less than the usual £33.99 you'd pay for a monthly pass for Sports.
Is there really no way to watch F1 races live for free?
Officially, no. But there is a way. And it's free if you have a satellite dish and receiver which can pick up RTL Germany. That's because F1 races are still shown there on the free-to-air channel. Unless you're fluent in German the commentary isn't going to mean much, but you can get English commentary by tuning into Radio 5 Live (you can use the iPlayer Radio app on your phone if you don't have an actual radio).
If you haven't already got a suitable dish and set-top box, there's little point in investing in one as you'll pay around the same price to watch F1 on Now TV. But it could work out to be cheaper if you plan to watch F1 for the next few years and RTL continues to broadcast it.
F1 race calendar 2019
Here are the dates to put in your diary so you don't miss any races.
|Australian Grand Prix||17 March||Sky
|Bahrain Grand Prix||31 March||Sky|
|Chinese Grand Prix||14 April||Sky|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||28 April||Sky|
|Spanish Grand Prix||12 May||Sky|
|Monaco Grand Prix||26 May||Sky|
|Canadian Grand Prix||9 June||Sky|
|French Grand Prix||23 June||Sky|
|Austrian Grand Prix||30 June||Sky|
|British Grand Prix||14 July||Sky & Channel 4|
|German Grand Prix||28 July||Sky|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||4 August||Sky|
|Belgian Grand Prix||1 September||Sky|
|Italian Grand Prix||8 September||Sky|
|Singapore Grand Prix||22 September||Sky|
|Russian Grand Prix||29 September||Sky|
|Next race:||Japanese Grand Prix||13 October||Sky|
|Mexican Grand Prix||27 October||Sky|
|United States Grand Prix||3 November||Sky|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||17 November||Sky|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||1 December||Sky|
If you're not in the UK when a particular race is shown, you can watch it using the Sky Go app on your phone or tablet, but that's only if you have the right level of subscription in place with Sky. And if you're not with Sky, then you can still watch highlights on the All 4 app if you use a VPN with a UK server, such as Hidden24. See also: Best VPN services.
TVCatchup for Channel 4
If you don't want to use the All 4 app for some reason, you can use TVCatchup. This lets you watch live free-to-air UK television on your computer, phone, tablet or games console. Versions of the site optimised for iPad and iPhone are available at ipad.tvcatchup.com and iphone.tvcatchup.com, and there's also a TVCatchup app available in the Apple Appstore and Google Play Store.
If you have Windows 10, you can install the ToView app to watch Channel 4.