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F1 live stream 2020: how to watch every Grand Prix online from anywhere

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F1 is back in 2020 and this weekend's GP action comes to us once again from Spain's world famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Following on from back-to-back races in the UK, where home favourite Lewis Hamilton won the first but lost out to a Max Verstappen in second, this year's Formula 1 season is really staring to heat up. Will be youth or experience this week? There's only one way to find out. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch an F1 live stream online from anywhere in the world.

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The next race of the F1 season is the Spanish Grand Prix, taking place on Sunday, August 16 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It starts at 2.10pm BST, which is 3.10pm local time (CEST) - or 9.10am ET in the US. It's being shown by Sky and ESPN, respectively, and anyone away from their usual race feed should try a good VPN, such as ExpressVPN - our #1 choice.

Hamilton still enjoys a 30 point lead over Verstappen at the top of the Drivers Championship, winning three out of a possible five Grand Prix so far this season and is still massively fancied to win his seventh career F1 crown.

 It would be a historic achievement and one which would see him equal Michael Schumacher's career record and begin a Formula 1 GOAT debate unlikely to be resolved without UN intervention.

The contender that usually goes head-to-head with Hamilton and his Mercedes  team is Ferrari, but this season the favourite to challenge for the top spot is looking more like Red Bull Racing - and more specifically, last week's winner, F1 wunderkind Max Verstappen.  

Verstappen, much like Ferrari's Charle Leclerc, is young, hungry, and on top form as a driver. The question is: will Red Bull offer a car this season that's able to do the 22-year-old's driving prowess justice?

While races are being held without spectators for the time being, you needn't miss a second of the full-throttle action. Read on to find out everything you need to know to find an F1 live stream and watch every 2020 Formula 1 race online from anywhere this summer.

How to live stream F1 2020 Grand Prix from outside your country

If you're resident in the UK, US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you can scroll a bit further down for a guide to who's showing the Formula 1 in your country. But if you're abroad for whatever reason, you might encounter a problem accessing your normal coverage in the form of geo-blocking. 

You needn't worry, though - by using one of the best VPN services we recommend, you can whizz around these digital borders and tune in to a trustworthy F1 live stream, just like you would at home. Here's how to get started.

We've taken the time to try out all the best VPN providers and we found ExpressVPN to sit at the front of the grid. It works with lots of devices and offers super fast connections across its many servers. 

Access ExpressVPN via your laptop, iPhone, tablet, Android phone, PlayStation, Xbox and plenty more. Express is a do-it-all service that also benefits from 24/7 customer support.

ExpressVPN is the best all-round VPN for streaming at (appropriately) excellent speeds - and perhaps best of all, it has a 30-day money back guarantee plus three months FREE when you subscribe for a year.

F1 schedule 2020: latest Grand Prix dates, news, and results 

Eleven races have now been confirmed for the 2020 F1 restart, with the action getting underway this July in Austria, before heading to Hungary, the UK, and now Spain.

Note that the Grand Prix will will take place on the last day listed for each event - the opening days hosting practice races and qualifying action.

  • July 3-5: Austrian Grand Prix won by Valtteri Bottas
  • July 10-12: Styrian Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
  • July 17-19: Hungarian Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
  • July 31-Aug 2: British Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton
  • Aug 7-9: Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix won by Max Verstappen
  • Aug 14-16: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
  • Aug 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
  • Sept 4-6: Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy
  • Sept 11-13: Tuscan Grand Prix, Mugello Circuit, Italy
  • Sept 25-27: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi, Russia
  • Oct 9-11: Eifel Grand Prix, Nürburgring, Germany
  • Oct 23-25: Portuguese Grand Prix, Algarve, Portugal

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How to watch an F1 live stream in the UK

This year, there is next-to-no free live coverage of the F1 as Sky has nabbed the rights to Formula 1, meaning you'll be able to see it all via Sky Sports and its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. 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, the best option is to nab a Now TV Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which includes all 11 channels - the 1-month pass Now TV deal is the best value.  As well as F1 action, Sky also hosts live football, PGA Tour golf, cricket, NBA basketball, and loads more.

To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download a good VPN as detailed above. 

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How to watch F1: live stream Formula 1 racing in the US

For the 2020 F1 season, it's ESPN that will be providing broadcasts in the US. Cord cutters are in luck, too, as you don't have to use cable to access ESPN. 

Over-the-top streaming services let you watch TV over an internet connection and can typically be had for a fraction of the cost of even the most basic cable package.

When it comes to getting ESPN, two in particular standout.

Sling TV's Orange package includes ESPN and there's a FREE trial period for a limited time only - the regular cost is $30 a month. If you just want access to ESPN and the Formula 1 action, this is the cheapest way to go and means you can watch F1 online for free if you time it right.

US residents heading outside of the country can still access the feed they normally use and pay for by using a VPNas per the method described above.

Live stream F1 and watch Grand Prix racing in Canada

In Canada, 2020 F1 races are aired a pair of Bell Media-owned sports broadcasters: the English-language TSN and its French-language counterpart RDS. Check your local listings for linear TV details, but those wanting to watch online are well-served by their digital platforms. 

The TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services cost just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month and can be purchased by anyone, regardless of whether you have the channels as part of a pay TV package - though existing subscribers should note they can log in to live streams at no extra charge with details of their provider. They both also offer apps for convenient on-the-go streaming.

Canadians abroad can use a VPN to whizz back to the Great White North and watch the streaming coverage they normally do at home - only from anywhere in the world.

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How to get an F1 live stream in Australia

Paid-for service Fox Sports is showing every race of the 2020 Formula 1 season and is available to Foxtel subscribers on linear TV.

But Australians can also live stream F1 action without pay TV via great value Kayo Sports , which will give you access to Fox Sports coverage of Formula 1 without a length contract or eye-watering price.

 In fact, it's available from just $25 a month - and it comes with a FREE 2-week trial period so you can see how it works for yourself. It's also home to comprehensive NRL and AFL coverage, making it a great all-around choice for Aussies.

For the best value, consider the upgraded Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month. We probably don't need to tell you, but if you've got mates or family who also like to watch F1, this can be shared and breaks at just over a tenner a head.

Don't forget, you can take your coverage abroad with you as well - just grab a VPN and follow our instructions above to take your streaming service of choice with you wherever you go in the world.

Watch an F1 live stream in New Zealand

New Zealand will get the 2020 F1 races broadcast by Spark Sport which costs $19.99 per month. But if you just want to catch one race for free, you're in luck as there is a 7-day free trial.

Should you go elsewhere in the world and want to still sign-in to watch your subscription you can, then using one of our best VPN recommendations should have you covered.