How to watch F1 races on TV and online in 2018
Lewis Hamilton will be looking to defend his world champion title in 2018. The bad news for fans is that TV coverage is beginning to change now that US-based Liberty Media own F1. Plans are underway to create a subscription model which would allow fans to watch races on the official F1 website, much as other sports such as the World Rally Championship already do.
Free-to-air coverage seems to be winding down, disappearing almost entirely in Italy this year and no option to watch free in Spain. In the UK, it’s just been announced that Sky will show 11 of the races exclusively during the 2018 season, leaving just 10 for free-to-air channels. That also means that those exclusive races will only be available online to Sky subscribers with the appropriate Sky Sports package, and access to a mobile device for the Sky Go app.
Note that from 2019, Sky will be showing all races exclusively. It’s unclear whether UK fans will be able to subscribe to the forthcoming official F1 online portal because this may conflict with Sky’s exclusive deal.
Which F1 races will be on Channel 4 in 2018?
Here’s the schedule for UK TV, so you can see which ones you’ll be able to watch on free-to-air TV and online.
Note that the French Grand Prix is being held at the Paul Ricard circuit in 2018 after an absence of around 30 years from the calendar. Unfortunately this won’t be on Channel 4.
|Australian Grand Prix||23-25 March||Sky|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||6-8 April||Sky & Channel 4|
|Chinese Grand Prix||13-15 April||Sky|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||27-29 April||Sky & Channel 4|
|Spanish Grand Prix||11-13 May||Sky|
|Monaco Grand Prix||25-27 May||Sky & Channel 4|
|Canadian Grand Prix||8-10 June||Sky|
|French Grand Prix||22-24 June||Sky|
|Austrian Grand Prix||29 June – 1 July||Sky & Channel 4|
|British Grand Prix||6-8 July||Sky & Channel 4|
|German Grand Prix||20-22 July||Sky|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||27-29 July||Sky|
|Belgian Grand Prix||24-26 August||Sky & Channel 4|
|Italian Grand Prix||31 August – 2 September||Sky|
|Singapore Grand Prix||14-16 September||Sky & Channel 4|
|Russian Grand Prix||28-30 September||Sky|
|Japanese Grand Prix||5-7 October||Sky & Channel 4|
|United States Grand Prix||19-21 October||Sky & Channel 4|
|Mexican Grand Prix||26-28 October||Sky|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||9-11 November||Sky|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||23-25 November||Sky & Channel 4|
If you’re not in the UK when a particular race is shown, you can still watch it on the All 4 app if you use a VPN with a UK server, such as Hidden24.
If you prefer not to use the All 4 app, 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.
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.
- ^ Sky’s website. (www1.skysports.com)
- ^ Best free VPN services. (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ iPad (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ iPhone (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ ipad.tvcatchup.com (ipad.tvcatchup.com)
- ^ iphone.tvcatchup.com (iphone.tvcatchup.com)
- ^ iTunes Store (itunes.apple.com)
- ^ Google Play Store (play.google.com)
- ^ TVCatchup.com (tvcatchup.com)
- ^ TV Catchup desktop (apps.microsoft.com)