If the World Cup keeps teaching us anything, it’s that you can’t really predict anything in sport. But today’s British Grand Prix may be as close to a sure thing as anything. The world champion Lewis Hamilton is on pole position at his home GP having won the last previous British Grand Prix. And with this guide, you can stream F1 live absolutely free and from anywhere in the world.
British Grand Prix – where and when
The 3.7 mile/5.9km track at Silverstone has hosted the British Grand Prix without interruption for over 30 years now, making it one of the most well-known and revered of the F1 circuits.
The British Grand Prix get’s going today (Sunday July 7) at 2.10pm BST (9.10am ET, 6.10am PT, 11.10pm AEST)
Just when you thought the F1 Drivers’ World Championship might be Sebastian Vettel’s to lose, along comes the British Grand Prix and a renewed sense of hope for Hamilton. After a crushingly disappointing Austrian GP last weekend, he’ll be desperate to make it five in a row st Silverstone to try to return to the top of the standings in his ding-dong battle with Vettel – and starting from the front of the grid certainly won’t hurt.
The German driver, on the other hand, will be attempting to record his first Grand Prix victory on British soil (or should that be tarmac?) for almost a decade. His only win at Silverstone came during is breakout season in 2009.
Watching the British Grand Prix from the comfort of your own TV is thankfully really straightforward, and on pretty much any device. And the best thing about it…you can do so absolutely free of charge, regardless of where on earth you are! Read on to find out how to stream F1 live.
How to watch the British Grand Prix for free anywhere in the world
If you don’t have easy access to watch the British Grand Prix online in your country, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN service, which effectively tricks your computer into thinking that it’s in another country. It’s really easy to do, and works for loads of sporting events where live streams may not be readily available where you are:
1. Download and install a VPN
We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
The best 3 VPNs for streaming sports online
1. ExpressVPN: the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial
2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming
3. VyprVPN: blazing speeds make VyprVPN a great choice for 4K video
2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location – it’s super easy to do. Choose UK if you want to stream F1 live and for free.
3. Go to a channel that’s showing the Grand Prix
Use a channel in the UK that’s streaming all the F1 action you can handle from Silverstone (see below).
How to stream F1 live in the UK for free:
If you’re in the UK then Channel 4 is the way to go for today’s free-to-air coverage. And the station’s All4 platform is free and straightforward to access on a range of devices including tablets, mobile phones, personal computers and Smart TVs. Coverage starts at 1pm BST.
Formula One 2018 is also being shown on Sky Sports F1. Live streaming of all F1 races is available online to Sky customers with a subscription to Sky Sports F1, as well as access to a mobile device with the Sky Go app.
So if you already have a Sky subscription and prefer its coverage to Channel 4’s, then job’s a good. If you want the Sky coverage but don’t want to splash out on a full Sky contract you could always purchase a day, week or month pass using Now TV. A daily pass costs £7.99, and is available on more than 60 devices, including TV, mobile phones, and games consoles, and you can register up to four of them.
How to watch British Grand Prix in the US for free:
In the US, ESPN and ABC have the rights to show the F1 live (using Sky’s UK coverage). That’s great news if you have cable, but if you’re a cord-cutter you could try a free trial to another streaming service like Sling and Fubo and watch on there.
Out of the US and want to watch the coverage? No worries – just use a VPN and register to a US location.
How to stream the British Grand Prix in Australia
In Australia? Then your main option is the very snazzy-sounding Fox Sports Race Centre. You’ll be in for some late nights, with the main race starting at 11.10pm AEST on Sunday night.
The Fox Sports package doesn’t come cheap, BUT there is a two week FREE trial if you want to give it a try before you buy. That let’s you use the Foxtel Now app as well, so you can live stream to your preferred device.
Where can I watch the British Grand Prix using a VPN?
A VPN will enable you to watch the British Grand Prix from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: Australia, Finland, Israel, Canada, Germany, Denmark, India, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, Mexico, France, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Kenya, Hungary, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, Egypt and more!
More from TechRadar on F1 motor racing
In preparation for the 2018 British Grand Prix, TechRadar has been hanging out with a couple of the teams to see how technology is constantly helping them improve and move up the F1 Constructors’ World Championship.
First at Silverstone, we spoke to cloud data management company Rubrik, which is working with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes set-up to make sure that the vital data that makes its drivers the most competitive doesn’t fall into the hands of other teams.
And then we heard from Dell Technologies about its collaboration with one of F1’s most famous teams, McLaren, where it has become more and more clear that IT systems need to be as finely tuned as the cars to get the fastest speeds.
Photos courtesy of Formula1.com