The F1 2022 season is coming to an end at Abu Dhabi this weekend, but despite the Verstappen having secured the title all the way back in Japan, there's still potential for high drama at Yas Marina. Perez and Leclerc will be fighting tooth and nail for second place – here's how to watch a 2022 F1 live stream no matter where you are in the world, and how you can watch a FREE F1 live stream with a VPN.
With race stoppages, potentially lethal cranes on track and looming clouds of last season's reported overspending, the Japanese GP likely wasn't how Verstappen expected to claim the title – but the FIA FIA-ing is no surprise..
However, now that we're at the end of the line, Verstappen almost seems like an afterthought – we're all tuning in to see whether Leclerc can foil Red Bull's potential triple.
We'll also be saying goodbye to Sebastian Vettel, as the four-time champ hits the track in earnest for the final time. Latifi, Mick Schumacher, and Ricciardo will also be waving goodbye to the grid, although potentially less permanently – for the latter two, at least.
Will we see Hamilton secure a win to keep his record intact? Will Max prove selfish again and scupper Checo's chances? Will Binotto screw over Leclerc one final time before he gets the sack? All will be revealed in the final race of the season. Simply follow our guide as we explain how to get a 2022 F1 live stream from anywhere.
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule (November 18/19/20)
Practice 1: 10am BST / 11am CEST / 2am PDT / 5am ET / 7pm AEST / 9pm NZST
Practice 2: 1pm BST / 2pm CEST / 5am PDT / 8am ET / 10pm AEST / 12am NZST
Practice 3: 10.30am BST / 11.30am CEST / 2.30am PDT / 5.30am ET / 7.30pm AEST / 9.30pm NZST
Qualifying: 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 6am PDT / 9am ET / 11pm AEST / 1am NZST
Abu Dhabi GP: 1pm BST / 2pm CEST / 5am PDT / 8am ET / 10pm AEST / 12am NZST
Where to watch FREE F1 live streams in 2022
Formula 1 is such a popular sport worldwide that's it's of little surprise that TV companies put a premium on F1 coverage.
But there are some countries where the F1 is still shown on free TV. That may be the odd race or, for some lucky Grand Prix fans, every single one:
Albania: every race on RTSH
Australia: Australian GP on Channel 9
Austria: every race on ORF Eins and Servus TV
Azerbaijan: every race on Idman TV
Brazil: every race on Band
France: Bahrain GP, Monaco GP, French GP, United States GP and Mexico City GP on C8
UK and Ireland: British GP on Channel 4
Iran: every race on MBC Persia and IRIB Varzesh
Luxembourg: every race on RTL Zwee
Mexico: Mexico City GP on Canal 5
Middle East and North Africa: every race on MBC Action and MBC Persia
Poland: 4-5 races on Polsat
Puerto Rico: Monaco GP, Canadian GP, United States GP, Mexico City GP on ABC
Russia: every race on Match TV
Spain: Spanish GP on Telecinco
United States: Austin GP, Miami GP, Mexico City GP on ABC
How to watch F1 live streams from outside your country
We've recommended some of the best places to live stream 2022 F1 races below. But you might run into a problem trying to access them if you're outside of your country. This is because of something called geo-blocking.
Simply follow our VPN advice below and you'll soon be around that issue with a great bit of software that allows you to relocate your device back to your country of residence - thereby regaining access to all the streaming services and content you normally enjoy at home.
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Watch on F1 TV (selected regions)
If you're an F1 devotee, then you likely already know about F1 TV - it's the streaming service to subscribe to for all the best live action, highlights, replays of classics races and a whole lot more besides.
Most people will want to go for F1 TV Pro, which is the way to live stream every F1 Grand Prix in full - along with F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup as well. Prices differ from country to country - it's $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year in the US, for example - and in some places you can get a FREE 7-day trial!
Just note that F1 TV doesn't provide live Grand Prix coverage everywhere, with the UK and Australia the notable examples.
How to watch an F1 live stream in the UK
Sky Sports is showing every 2022 F1 GP live on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel in 4K UHD.
Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app, which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles.
For those without Sky, a better option may be to pick up a Now Sports Membership, which includes all 11 channels but on a more flexible basis.
One race, the British GP on July 3, is also being shown for FREE on Channel 4. You can also watch it online via the All4 streaming service.
Outside the UK? To access your preferred streaming service from abroad, you'll need to download a good VPN, as detailed below.
How to watch F1: live stream Formula 1 racing in the US
ESPN is providing comprehensive coverage of the 2022 F1 season in the US. Cord-cutters are in luck, too, as you can get ESPN without having an expensive cable package.
The United States GP (October 23) and the Mexico City GP (October 30) are also being shown on ABC.
Watch 2022 F1 without cable
Sling TV costs $35 a month thereafter and includes 30+ other channels. And as there's no contract, you can cancel whenever you fancy.
Alternatively, fuboTV is an even more complete end-to-end cable replacement services, which offers ESPN, ABC and over 120 other channels on plans starting from $64.99 a month after a 7-day FREE fuboTV trial.
Live stream F1 and watch Grand Prix racing in Canada
In Canada, you can watch 2022 F1 races on English-language TSN or French-language RDS - but they're premium channels that typically come with a pay TV package.
If you get them as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider for access to an F1 live stream.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN or RDS on a streaming-only basis from just CA$7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
If you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just try our No. 1 overall rated VPN 100% risk-free for 30-days and follow the instructions above.
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How to watch F1: live stream for FREE in Australia
Motorsport fans in Australia can watch every race of the 2022 F1 season on Fox Sports and via Foxtel.
If you don't have Fox as part of a pay TV package, your best option is to sign up for the excellent Kayo Sports streaming service.
It features no lock-in contracts from $25 a month and gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NRL, soccer, F1, NFL... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all-out on Fox.
Better still, Kayo offers a FREE two-week trial!
Don't forget, you can take your F1 coverage abroad with you as well. For those wanting to watch home coverage of sports from overseas, a good VPN is the solution.
How to watch F1 online: live stream in New Zealand
Kiwis can live stream every race of the 2022 F1 season on Spark Sport.
Spark Sport also offers a 7-day free trial so you can tune in to at least one GP without paying a thing.
Once that free trial's expired, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, with Spark also covering Black Caps and England cricket games, EPL football, NBA basketball from the US, and MotoGP racing.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.
2022 F1 race calendar and dates
- Mar 20 - Bahrain GP – Won by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Mar 27 - Saudi Arabian GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Apr 10 - Australian GP – Won by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Apr 24 - Emilia Romagna GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- May 8 - Miami GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- May 22 - Spanish GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- May 29 - Monaco GP – Won by Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Jun 12 - Azerbaijan GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Jun 19 - Canadian GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Jul 3 - British GP – Won by Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Jun 10 - Austrian GP – Won by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Jul 24 - French GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Jul 31 - Hungarian GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Aug 28 - Belgian GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Sep 4 - Dutch GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Sep 11 - Italian GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Oct 2 - Singapore GP – Won by Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Oct 9 - Japanese GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Oct 23 - United States GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Oct 30 - Mexico City GP – Won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Nov 13 - São Paulo GP
- Nov 20 - Abu Dhabi GP
2022 F1 teams and drivers
- Max Verstappen
- Sergio Pérez
- Lewis Hamilton
- George Russell
- Charles Leclerc
- Carlos Sainz
- Lando Norris
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Fernando Alonso
- Esteban Ocon
- Pierre Gasly
- Yuki Tsunoda
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lance Stroll
- Alex Albon
- Nicholas Latifi
- Valtteri Bottas
- Guanyu Zhou
- Kevin Magnussen
- Mick Schumacher
2022 F1 Sprint races
F1 Sprint races received a lukewarm reception when they were introduced during the 2021 season, and the FIA has tweaked the format in an effort to make it more competitive.
The top eight finishers will win points, rather than just the top three, with the driver finishing in first place winning 8 points, and the driver finishing in eighth place winning one.
The sprint race finishing order will still determine the grid for the Grand Prix, but in an almost certainly futile bid to appease traditionalists, the driver who sets the fastest time in Q3 will be credited as the official polesitter.
Sprint races will be held at the Emilia Romagna, Austrian and São Paulo Grands Prix this season.
2022 F1 car changes
The 2022 regulations have transformed the cars on the grid, with many of the tweaks designed to make it easier to follow close behind - and hopefully overtake - leading cars.
Wheel covers and over-wheel winglets, and redesigned front and rear wings will help to generate less "dirty air" for trailing cars to pass through.
Dirty air significantly reduces downforce and aerodynamic performance, and is arguably the key obstacle that has made overtaking so difficult over recent years.
The cars will also use 18-inch tyres, up from 13 inches, with the hope being that the larger surface area will reduce overheating issues.
The noses of the cars have also been lengthened, in order to absorb more of the impact during crashes, which has also contributed to a roughly 40kg weight increase.
The bio-component of the fuel used in F1 has also been increased to 10% from 5.57%, with a view to the sport moving to fully sustainable fuel in the next few years.
Arguably the biggest change, though, is reintroduction of Ground Effect, last used in the 80s. This 40-year-old tech effectively sucks the vehicle to the track, creating more downforce without as much dirty air. However, it can also produce the characteristic issue of 'porpoising', which bounces the car up and down rapidly – can any or all teams combat this effectively?
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