Australian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch F1 online from anywhere – Race day!

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving his Red Bull Racing car on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne.
(Image credit: Red Bull Content Pool - Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Australian Grand Prix live stream

The 2023 Australian Grand Prix is available to watch for free on Network 10 and the 10Play streaming service in Australia. Use a VPN to watch your local stream from anywhere. A complete breakdown of free Australia GP live streams is listed below.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Australian GP start time: Sunday, April 4, 6am GMT / 1am ET / 3pm AEST / 5pm NZST
Free live stream: Network 10 (AUS) | Servus TV (AUT) | RTBF (BEL)
Use ExpressVPN to watch any stream

Australian GP: race preview

Going two-for-two and with both drivers topping the podium once, the world's fastest purveyors of fizzy pop certainly do appear to be have been given wings. In fact, Red Bull already seem so dominant that the rest of the pack – and those watching at home – seem far more interested in who's going to be securing the third champagne-spraying position.

FP1 and FP2 were some of the most exciting practice sessions in recent history. Verstappen took an uncharacteristic spin, as did Yuki Tsunoda, and GPS issues saw the track become crowded and put a spanner in a number of drivers' works. Then the heavens opened. What's next?! 

Melbourne is living up to its reputation of Lewis Hamilton's bogey track, and supposed #2 driver George Russell has once again qualified ahead of the 7-time champ. The big story, though, is Sergio Perez starting dead last due to a spin in Q1 – but odds are he'll still place second in any case...

Be warned – for those not living Down Under this weekend's timings are going to be punishing. However, if you're truly committed, read on for how to watch an Australian Grand Prix live stream from start to finish and from anywhere in the world, including ways to watch an F1 live stream for FREE with English-language commentary. 

2023 Australian Grand Prix schedule

The 2023 Australian Grand Prix schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY

Practice 1: 2.30am BST / 3.30am CET / 9.30pm ET / 11.30am AEDT / 1.30pm NZDT

Practice 2: 6am BST / 7am CET / 1am ET / 3pm AEST / 5pm NZST

SATURDAY

Practice 3: 2.30am BST / 3.30am CET / 9.30pm ET / 11.30am AEDT / 1.30pm NZDT

Qualifying: 6am BST / 7am CET / 1am ET / 3pm AEST / 5pm NZST

SUNDAY

Australian GP: 6am BST / 7am CET / 1am ET / 3pm AEST / 5pm NZST

Watch a free Australian Grand Prix live stream

There are a number of ways to watch the Australian Grand Prix for free this weekend.

As is usual for home races, the Australian GP live stream is available for free Down Under on 10Play.

Just like every other weekend, in Austria all the races are shared between free-to-air broadcasters Servus TV and ORF (this weekend it's Servus). Take a look and find out what's available where you are:

If you're out of the country you'll need to use a VPN to access your preferred Australian Grand Prix free live stream, as explained below. We rate ExpressVPN as the best provider out there, as it has a great track record for unblocking geo-restricted streams.


How to watch the Australian Grand Prix live stream from outside your country

If you're abroad for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, you'll likely find you're unable to access your usual Formula 1 coverage like you would at home. This isn't necessarily cause for alarm, but rather the result of geo-blocking – best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to certain parts of the world.

Fortunately, there's a convenient way around this in the form of a VPN. This is a nifty bit of software that lets you whizz around these digital borders, thereby allowing you to globe trot and still access your preferred F1 live stream. It's a completely legal workaround, very affordable, and super easy to use – allow us to explain more.

Use a VPN to watch an Australian Grand Prix live stream from anywhere:

ExpressVPN – get the world's best VPN

ExpressVPN – get the world's best VPN
We've put all the major VPNs through their paces and we rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN, thanks to its speed, ease of use and strong security features. It's also compatible with just about any streaming device out there, including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and iOS devices.

Sign up for an annual plan now and get an extra 3 months absolutely FREE. And if you change your mind within the first 30 days, let them know and they'll give you your money back without a quibble.

- Head to the ExpressVPN website to sign up risk free

How to watch an Australian Grand Prix live stream on F1 TV

Image

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 – you can sign up on its website.

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 $79.99 in the US, for example – and in some places you can try before you buy with a FREE 7-day trial!

Just note that F1 TV doesn't provide live Grand Prix coverage everywhere, the UK and Australia being two notable examples. But it's a good option for people in the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Brazil and plenty more places.

UK flag

How to watch Australia Grand Prix: live stream F1 in the UK

Image

Sky has the rights to Formula 1 in the UK, meaning you can watch the Australian Grand Prix on Sky Sports – in 4K HDR, no less!

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.

If you want to sign up to Sky Sports, you can check out our guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV). Now sports passes start at £11.99. 

Coverage of the Australian GP begins on Sky Sports F1 at 2am GMT on Friday for Practice 1, then 5.45am for Practice 2. Saturday kicks off at 2.15am for Practice 3, and Qualifying coverage starts at 5.15am. On Sunday, the Australia Grand Prix coverage starts at 5.55am, ahead of lights out at 6am.

Not in the UK but still want to catch the action? Use a VPN to live stream the F1 as if you were at home.

US flag

Australian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch F1 in the US without cable

Image

In the US, the Australian Grand Prix is being shown on ESPN, while Qualifying and the Practice sessions are on ESPN 2. 

The race itself starts at 1am ET / 10pm PT on Sunday morning/Saturday evening, and the full weekend schedule is listed higher up the page.

Watch 2023 Australian Grand Prix without cable

If you don't have access to those channels on cable, Sling TV is an OTT service that's perfect for F1 fans.

The Sling Orange package includes ESPN and ESPN 2, with a subscription usually costing $40 per month. However, if you're new to the service you can get 50% off your first month.

Alternatively, FuboTV is an even more complete end-to-end cable replacement service, offering ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and over 140 other channels on plans starting from $74.99 a month after a 7-day FREE trial.

You can also live stream the Australia Grand Prix on ESPN Plus, which costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. For the ultimate value, you can get a combined ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus bundle for just $12.99 a month (with ads), which adds loads of great entertainment and family-friendly content to the mix.

And, as described above, you may prefer to give F1 TV and its free trial a go if all you really care about is F1.

Watch an Australian Grand Prix live stream from abroad

New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad by checking out a quality VPN and following the instructions above.

Canada flag

How to watch the 2022 Melbourne GP: live stream F1 in Canada

Image

As well as the official F1 TV service described above, viewers in Canada can watch the 2023 Australian GP on English-language TSN or French-language RDS – just bear in mind that 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 to get access to an Australian Grand Prix live stream. 

If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN or RDS on a streaming-only basis for $19.99 a month or $199.90 per year.

The Australian GP starts at 1am ET / 10pm PT on Sunday morning/Saturday evening, and the full weekend schedule is listed higher up the page.

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.

  • More Canadian sports action: our guide to NHL streaming this season

Australia flag

How to watch Australian Grand Prix: live stream in Australia

Image

Australian F1 fans enjoying their home race are in for a rare treat this weekend, with Network 10 broadcasting the Australian Grand Prix absolutely free!

Simply tune in to Network 10, or head to the online streaming service 10Play to catch all the action, with the race starting at 3pm AEST.

Not at home? Use a VPN to stream F1 on 10Play anywhere.

If you fancy watching full coverage of every F1 race this season, you'll need Fox Sports, available through Foxtel. Subscribers can also stream the action via the Foxtel Go app. 

The race is also being shown on the incredible sports streaming service Kayo Sports, which is an ideal option for those who don't want the commitment of a lengthy (and pricey) contract.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its $25 per month One plan, two devices with its $30 per month Basic plan, and three devices with its $35 Premium plan. All of them come with a FREE 7-day trial.

Kayo also gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NFL, NHL, cricket, NRL, NBA... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.

New Zealand flag

How to watch the Australia GP: live stream in New Zealand

Image

Sky Sport is now the place to watch F1 in New Zealand, and fans can live stream the Australia GP via the Sky Sport Now platform.

A Sky Sport Now subscription costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day FREE trial.

Meanwhile, Sky Sport subscribers can watch the race online using the country's Sky Go service.

Even better, the Australian GP starts at 5pm Sunday afternoon, meaning that for once Kiwi F1 fans will be able to watch the race and get a good night's sleep. The full schedule is listed higher up the page.

Mo Harber-Lamond

Mo Harber-Lamond is VPN Editor at Tom's Guide, and contributor for TechRadar. He focuses on cybersecurity content for Tom's Guide, and creates insightful content across the board to help readers make informed buying choices.