Lewis Hamilton will be looking to maintain his lead in the F1 championship this Sunday as the circus moves to the UK for its annual race at Silverstone. Here’s how you can watch the British Grand Prix coverage live online. (See also How to watch The Ashes 2015 online, on PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.)

BBC iPlayer

Since BBC has the rights to broadcast the race, you can watch it live on iPlayer for free provided you have a valid TV licence, through your PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games console. As always, it's worth checking how far into your data allowance you are if you don't subscribe to a broadband package with unlimited downloads.

If you’re on the move, you can watch the race via 3G or 4G but again, you’ll eat into your monthly data allocation by doing so. It’s better to find a reliable Wi-Fi connection to ensure smooth streaming. (See also: How to watch The Open golf online.)

For those outside the UK, you’ll need to use a VPN or proxy service to access iPlayer abroad. This is easiest with a laptop or PC, but it’s possible if you have a phone or tablet with the right app. For example, CyberGhost has iOS and Android apps but you’ll need to subscribe to the Premium service to use these. See also: Best free VPN services


There’s also coverage on Sky Sports F1 of course, but you’ll need to subscribe to this channel in order to watch it on TV or online on Sky’s website


Plus, if you prefer not to use iPlayer, you can try 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 iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

Head to TVCatchup.com and go to the TV Guide. Choose the correct channel for the particular session (either quali or the race) you want to watch live online. You can also change the stream quality, which is useful if you don't have a particularly fast broadband connection.

You'll have to watch an advert to start with, but then it will stream the channel. If you're using a desktop browser you can use TVCatchup's new Desktop Player to watch and record live TV.

British Grand Prix coverage and timings

Practice 1

Things kick off on Friday 3 July at 09:55 with Practice 1. This is available live to TV viewers with access to the Red Button service. Many set-top boxes have this facility (now called Connected Red Button) and to access it, you go to any standard definition channel and press the red button on your remote. Not the Record button, mind, but the red one next to the other coloured buttons.

If you don’t have access to a TV you can watch the session online via the iPlayer website. Unfortunately Red Button content isn't available on Big Screen versions of iPlayer as used on the PlayStation and Xbox, so you'll need to use a computer with a web browser.

If you miss it, you can watch the broadcast again at 06:35 on BBC 2 on Saturday 4 July.

Practice 2

It’s the same deal for practice 2 which is broadcast live at 13:55 on 3 July on the Red Button. But it’s then on iPlayer shortly after it ends, or you can watch on BBC 2 at 08:15 on 4 July.

Practice 3

This session will be available to watch live on iPlayer starting at 09:55 on 4 July.


The two-hour qualifying session starts at 12:10 on BBC 2 on 4 July. To watch it live on iPlayer, fire up the app and go to TV Guide, navigate to BBC 2 and then tap on the program which will have a LIVE logo. Accept the message about a TV Licence by tapping Watch Now.

Alternatively go to the BBC website where you can watch live in your browser.

Race – British Grand Prix live

Coverage of the race itself begins on BBC 1 at 12:15 and ends at 15:30 on Sunday 5 July. As with qualifying you can watch live via the iPlayer app (available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon devices, Blackberry and Windows Phone) or on the BBC One website.

The race itself starts at 1pm.


Not everyone can watch the full race on a Sunday lunchtime, but you can catch the highlights as they're broadcast 'live' at 7pm on BBC 3 via the iPlayer website or apps.