Every Formula 1 Grand Prix event is like a Super Bowl, All-Star Game, and championship party rolled into one. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you merely need to remember there are 20 of them each year, scattered across some of the most vibrant and affluent cities in the world. From Australia to Abu Dhabi, you won’t want to miss even a fraction of a second when it comes to engine roars and tire squeals.
There are a number of ways to stay up to date on one of the few driving sports that actually gives NASCAR a run for its money — and inspires countries to invest in technology. Read on for everything you need to know.
National streaming options
If you want unfettered access to F1 footage, who better to seek out than the source? In 2018, F1 launched its own subscription streaming service, F1 TV, which offers fans a banquet of videos and features to gorge themselves on. F1 TV comes in two tiers: Access, which grants the ability to watch replays, highlights, and F1 documentaries, among other features, and Pro, which offers all those same features plus live video, dashboard footage, “unedited” team radio, and more. In addition to video, F1 TV also offers users live data and leaderboards, so fans can keep track of what’s happening with every racer. Access costs $27 annually, while Pro costs $80 annually.
As of 2020, ESPN holds the television broadcast rights for F1 in the United States. The network broadcasts different events on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. So, your ability to watch races may depend on your specific cable or streaming package. If you don’t have cable or satellite, however, you can always watch replays of various sports events through ESPN’s official app, and you can get ESPN through SlingTV’s Orange package, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now, or Fubo TV. You can also view the full schedule for the 2020 season on ESPN’s site, regardless of which method you choose.
International streaming options
Sky Sports F1 (U.K.)
Sky Sports is the ultimate provider of Formula 1 action. Few providers can compete with the three formats Sky Sports delivers. Racing fans can watch: On live TV, with the Now TV pass, and with Sky Go. The primary benefit of opting for Sky Sports is the complete lack of service interruption. Sky Sports broadcasts every single race with no gaps in live events. Those with a cable or satellite TV package can watch Formula 1 races on their dedicated channel. For the modern user, a Now TV pass can be bought for the day, week, or month. If you prefer to watch on your mobile device, just download the Sky Go app or go to the livestreaming page.
Formula 1 subreddit
The Formula 1 subreddit acts as a trusted information source and discussion board for all things Formula 1, and as a bonus, has a few live streams of races. The user-curated news and updates provide an excellent backdrop for arguing about which constructor brought the best sidepods to the show or which driver exhibits the best consistency. The discussions are also narrowed down by Grand Prix. This is an excellent place for discussion during the week leading up to Sunday’s race. Users supporting different teams can argue over who is going to claim the top spot when all is said and done.
The world of Reddit is quite mazelike. One false move and you’ve gone down the rabbit hole. It is a highly entertaining and informative platform; however, be ready to forfeit a significant portion of your time. Reddit’s user base is friendly and welcoming to all newbies curious about Formula 1 or any topic for that matter. It is a wonderful place to meet like-minded people who are enthusiastic about racing.