How To Watch F1 Races on Television (Pay vs. Free)

How To Watch F1 Races on Television (Pay vs. Free): a blog about watching F1 races and the different ways you can do so.

With the F1 season ramping up, I thought it would be helpful to share my experiences watching Formula 1 racing on television with everyone. I’m writing this from the perspective of someone living in the United States. (Sorry, International folks!)

What’s great about watching F1 on TV? What’s not so great? Read on for more details!

How to Watch F1 Races on Television (Pay vs. Free): a blog about watching F1 races and the different ways you can do so.

How to watch Formula 1 on television is a question that I’ve received in many comments over the years, but it’s also one that I’ve seen asked more often lately. There are several ways to watch Formula 1 races on television these days, and some of them are better than others.

Here is an overview of what’s available to watch online:

Sky Sports F1 (UK) – High Definition (HD) feed from all 20 F1 races live & exclusive. The channel also has extensive run-up coverage to each race and extensive review coverage after each race. The channel also offers live coverage of in-season testing and pre-season testing as well as coverage of other series such as GP2, GP3, Formula Renault 3.5, World Series by Renault and the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Sky Sports F1 also provides highlights and news updates throughout the season via their website, which includes interviews with drivers and team principals before and after each race weekend.

If you already know about the different television options in the United States, then jump to the section of this blog that details how to watch F1 races on TV by country.

Some countries have free broadcast rights while others require a paid subscription.

In some countries, Formula One races are televised on both pay TV and free TV. In other countries, Formula One races are only shown on pay TV. In these cases, there is usually a “free view” period of time before or after the race in which viewers can watch for free. This is usually only for a limited time before or after the race.

There are also countries where Formula One races are not shown at all due to lack of television broadcast rights.

To add to the confusion, some paid subscriptions offer both live and delayed coverage while others only offer delayed coverage (usually on a one-hour delay).

The chart below lists the primary ways you can watch F1 races on TV. But first, a quick note about how we at use the term “free”.

In this article, “free” has two definitions.

Free to air means that no subscription is required to watch a race on TV. You will still need an antenna to watch some races.

Free means that no money is required to watch a race (although it may require an additional purchase).


The F1 season is fast approaching and that means it’s time to start preparing for how you are going to watch the races. The sport has changed a lot in recent years – there’s a new qualifying format, new cars and even new teams on the grid. There’s also a new way to watch the race if you don’t want to pay for it.

If you are an F1 fan who is looking for a way to watch every race live and in HD, then we have some good news for you. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the best way to watch each race of the 2018 season for free.

First off, I know what you’re thinking: “Why do I have to pay for something I already get for free?” It’s because the television companies that show Formula One racing have exclusive rights to broadcast it in your country. If they didn’t pay for those rights, then no one would be able to see any of the races at all. The only way around this is if someone else wants them and pays money for them instead.

So what does this all mean? Simply put: If you want to watch F1 races on TV without paying, you need to live in an area where there is no cable or satellite

The 2018 Formula 1 season is underway!

The 2018 season sees a number of driver and team changes, headlined by the departure of McLaren from Honda to Renault, while Toro Rosso has ditched Renault in favor of Honda. The Mclaren-Honda collaboration has been a disaster for the past 3 years, with reliability and performance issues plaguing their car. Both teams will be hoping for better luck this year.

On the driver front, Williams has replaced Felipe Massa with rookie Sergey Sirotkin. Stoffel Vandoorne will be paired up with Fernando Alonso at Mclaren again, as McLaren looks to regain their former glory days. Daniel Ricciardo is joined by Pierre Gasly at Red Bull Racing.

You can watch Formula 1 on TV in several different ways. The most expensive option is to find a cable or satellite provider that carries the network you need and pay for that. The cheapest option is to find a free broadcast of the race you want to watch, which has its downsides.

This guide assumes that you are in the United States of America, but if not, please let me know what countries this works for and I’ll make this guide more comprehensive.

You can always find someone on reddit who will stream the race for free, but it won’t be live and it will be low quality (and usually with a delay). There is no legal way to stream races free in HD with no delay.

However, there are some legal options listed below where you can potentially get F1 broadcasting rights for cheap or even free!

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