How to Watch the F1 Monaco Grand Prix
You can watch some Formula One races live on Channel 4, including the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix. Here are all the dates and timings you need.
Watch F1 races even if you don’t have Sky
Ever since Sky started showing F1 it’s been tricky to watch it on terrestrial TV. If you don’t have Sky and subscribe to the F1 channel, you’ll be limited to watching on Channel 4 which took over from BBC a few years back. Also see: How to watch the Indy 500.
How to watch F1 without Sky
Unfortunately, Sky has the most rights and is the only provider which broadcasts every single race in full and live.
The alternative is Channel 4. Here, around half of the races are shown after the they finished and even then it’s only the highlights. However, the other half are broadcast live and in full with ad breaks during the race.
You can get Channel 4 on Freeview and Freesat on, er, channel 4. If you prefer to watch in HD – assuming you have a suitable receiver box or TV – on channel 104 on Freeview and 126 on Freesat. (It’s also on Virgin Channel 142.) Again, only Sky broadcasts F1 in the best quality, which is 4K.
For that, you’d need the appropriate Sky subscription, Sky Q box and a 4K TV. Incidentally, Sky also offers extra features such as a choice of camera angles and stats, and you can view these via the Sky Go app too.
When is the Monaco Grand Prix?
The full race is shown live on UK TV – Channel 4 – at 12 noon on 28 May.
If you’re keen, you can also watch the practice sessions and qualifying on Channel4 at these times:
8:55am – Practice 1
12:55pm – Practice 2
9:55am – Practice 3
11:55am – Qualifying
Which F1 races are live on Channel 4 in 2017?
You can tune in and watch the following races in full, live and for free this year.
- 16 April: Bahrain
- 30 April: Russia
- 28 May: Monaco
- 25 June: Azerbaijan
- 16 July: Great Britain
- 27 August: Belgium
- 17 September: Singapore
- 1 October: Malaysia
- 22 October: USA
- 26 November: Abu Dhabi
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- ^ How to watch the Indy 500 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Sky Q box (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ 4K TV (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Channel4 website. (f1.channel4.com)
- ^ F1 2016 (amzn.to)
- ^ F1 2017 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)