F1 on TV: The definitive guide to how to watch in 2021

Date published: May 21 2021

F1 on tv

Coverage of live sport around the world is often fragmented from country to country, channel to channel, paid subscription to free to air, and watching F1 on TV is no different.

Formula 1 has gradually moved towards taking the live coverage of the sport to a pay TV model, as sport owners Liberty Media try to strike the balance of building revenue from their coverage and growing Formula 1’s fanbase around the world.

Current broadcast arrangements encompass everything from paid TV subscriptions and free-to-air channels in varying degrees (be it through highlights or live race coverage). The sport is also looking at taking partial control over its own broadcasting after launching F1 TV.

Our definitive guide below is to give you the current Formula 1 broadcasting options in your territory or region, and tell you how you can keep up with every race weekend in the 2021 season – wherever you are in the world.

F1 on TV 2021

Formula 1 is available to watch throughout the world, but rights vary by country and by channel, so you may need to search around to be able to find live coverage or highlights of the sport.

There are currently more than 60 different broadcast rights deals in place for Formula 1 coverage which ensure global coverage for the sport, but there is an increasing tilt towards pay TV subscriptions for exclusive live coverage of F1 in different countries.

However, there are still free-to-air options available that span most global coverage, with highlights packages often in place where free live coverage is not.

Sky Sports’ coverage from the UK is used in several countries in the English-speaking world, but here’s a breakdown of how you’re able to watch F1 on TV or online where you are.

Formula 1 has launched its own in-house paid subscription service called F1 TV as the sport’s owners look to bring the sport to more fans around the world.

Their offering is broken down into two packages:

F1 TV Pro:

  • Live streams of every on-track session, including all F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup races live
  • Live access to driver team radio and onboard cameras
  • All features included in F1TV Access package

F1 TV Access:

  • Full race replays and highlights
  • On demand access to all F1 onboard cameras
  • All F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup race replays
  • Access to F1’s historic race archive
  • Full access to live timing features

Included in each guide below is how much F1 TV packages will cost in your local currency. You can sign up to F1 TV by clicking here

How to watch in the UK

Paid: Sky Sports has exclusive live rights for every practice, qualifying and race session in the UK, apart from the British Grand Prix where it shares coverage with Channel 4. The cheapest Sky package to include Sky Sports F1 is £43 per month – with the mandatory inclusion of standard Sky TV channels, and the sports package on top.

Sky Sports’ current live rights deal in the UK is due to expire in 2024.

Free-to-air: Channel 4 has highlights of every qualifying and race session, which are broadcast several hours after the completion of the sessions. It also has the rights to broadcast the British Grand Prix live, including every practice session, qualifying and the race.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in the UK.
F1tv Access: £19.99 annually or £2.29 monthly.

How to watch in Ireland

Paid: Sky Sports has exclusive live rights for every practice, qualifying and race session, apart from the British Grand Prix. The cheapest Sky package to include Sky Sports F1 is €47 per month – with the mandatory inclusion of standard Sky TV channels, and the sports package on top.

Sky Sports’ current live rights deal in Ireland is due to expire in 2024.

Free-to-air: Channel 4 UK has highlights of every qualifying and race session, which are broadcast several hours after the completion of the sessions. It has the rights to broadcast the British Grand Prix live, including every practice session, qualifying and the race.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Ireland.
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly.

How to watch in the United States

Paid: ESPN broadcasts every session of every race live using a simulcast of Sky Sports’ coverage, while ESPN Deportes offers a Spanish language version of the race coverage, which is also available to stream via the ESPN app.

ESPN+ is available for prices starting at $5.99 per month.

Free-to-air: ABC carries rights to show all races live, apart from the Monaco Grand Prix. This does not include practice and qualifying, though, but it also uses a simulcast of Sky Sports’ coverage from the UK.

Both broadcast deals with ABC and ESPN are due to expire in 2022.

F1TV Pro: $79.99 annually or $9.99 monthly.
F1TV Access: $26.99 annually or $2.99 monthly.

How to watch in Canada

Paid: French-language channel RDS and English-language channel TSN both hold rights to live coverage of every qualifying and race throughout the season. The channels are usually included as part of a premium cable TV package, but you can subscribe to TSN or RDS on a streaming-only basis for CA$4.99 per day or CA$19.99 per month.

Their TV rights arrangements are in place until the end of 2024.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: CA$79.99 annually or CA$9.99 monthly.
F1TV Access: CA$36.99 annually or CA$3.99 monthly.

How to watch in Australia

Paid: Fox Sports has wall-to-wall coverage of every practice session, qualifying and the race from each round of the World Championship. The cheapest TV package which includes Fox Sports costs AU $54 per month, with the channel simulcasting Sky Sports’ coverage from the UK.

Fox Sports’ current broadcast deal is due to expire in 2022.

Free-to-air: Network 10 shows race highlights of every round, but has full live coverage of the Australian Grand Prix – with its broadcast deal covering the 2021 season.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Australia.
F1TV Access: $34.99 annually or $4.49 monthly.

How to watch in South Africa

Paid: SuperSport carries full live coverage of every practice session, qualifying and race throughout the season. To gain access to coverage, though, a subscription to DStv Premium is required at R819 per month.

SuperSport’s current broadcast deal with F1 runs until 2022.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: $44.99 (approx. R627) annually or $4.99 (approx. R70) monthly
F1TV Access: $26.99 (approx. R375) annually or $2.99 (approx. R42) monthly

How to watch in UAE

Paid: N/A

Free to air: Coverage from MBC Action and MBC Persia covers the Middle East and North Africa, with every practice session, qualifying and race shown live throughout the season. Their free-to-air contract runs until the end of 2023.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in UAE
F1TV Access: $26.99 (approx. AED100) annually or $2.99 (approx. AED11) monthly

How to watch in India

Paid: Star Sports carries live coverage of every session in every race weekend throughout the season. Its current broadcast deal lasts until the end of the 2022 season.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in India.
F1TV Access: $19.99 (approx. ₹1450) annually or $2.99 (approx. ₹218) monthly.

How to watch in Singapore

Paid: Fox Sports Asia holds exclusive live rights for every session at every race weekend, with its current contract running until 2022.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Singapore.
F1TV Access: $26.99 (approx. S$36) annually or $2.99 (approx. S$4 monthly)

How to watch in the Netherlands

Paid: Ziggo Sport Totaal currently broadcasts all sessions live at every race weekend, at a cost of €14.95 per month on top of your Ziggo monthly package.

Ziggo’s broadcast deal finishes at the end of 2021, before the NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service takes up exclusive live coverage of the sport from 2022 until at least the end of 2024.

Free-to-air: No free F1 broadcasts are currently available in the Netherlands, but the Viaplay deal will see the Dutch Grand Prix broadcast live for free, along with six additional races free to view and free highlights packages from every race.

F1TV Pro: €64.99 annually or €7.99 monthly
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Portugal

Paid: Eleven Sports covers every session live at every race weekend, costing €9.99 per month or €99.99 per year. The current broadcast deal with Eleven Sports expires at the end of the 2021 season.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: €49.99 annually or €5.99 monthly
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Belgium

Paid: Flemish channel Play Sports holds the rights to live qualifying and races, with Play Sports TV packages available from €19.95 per month.

Free-to-air: Selected races are shown free-to-air on Play Sports Open in Belgium. Dutch-speaking channel Sporza shows race highlights, with the Belgian Grand Prix being broadcast live.

Likewise, French-speaking channel Tipik shows some races live on RTBS La Une, dependent on other sporting events.

F1TV Pro: €64.99 annually or €7.99 monthly
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Spain

Paid: Dedicated channel DAZN F1 was launched in time for the 2021 season, and its deal will run until 2023.

DAZN Sports packages cost €9.99 per month or €99.99 annually.

Free-to-air: Telecinco broadcasts live from five weekends in the season, with qualifying and the race included.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Spain
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Sweden

Paid: V Sport Motor carries live coverage of every race weekend in Sweden, with fellow paid channel TV10 showing live qualifying and race highlights, using V Sport Motor’s coverage . V Sport Motor’s contract to show Formula 1 has been extended until 2024.

Free-to-air: N/A

F1TV Pro: €109.99 annually or €13.99 monthly
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Mexico

Paid: Fox Sports Latin America bought exclusive live rights to F1 back in 2018, on a deal to run until 2022, with the channel now known as Star Premium.

Free-to-air: Canal 5 shows the Mexican Grand Prix weekend live and in full.

F1TV Pro: MX$949 annually or MX$119 monthly
F1TV Access: MX$509 annually or MX$59 monthly

How to watch in Italy

Paid: Sky Sport holds live rights for all races in the season, holding its current broadcast deal until 2022.

Free-to-air: TV8 is showing five races live in 2021 (Emilia Romagna, Spain, Monaco, Italy and Abu Dhabi), with every other race shown as highlights or delayed.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Italy
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in France

Paid: Canal+ shows live coverage of every session at every race weekend.

Free-to-air: C8 shows the Bahrain, Monaco and French Grands Prix live, along with two other races of its choice.

F1TV Pro: €64.99 annually or €7.99 monthly
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Germany

Paid: Sky Sport F1 holds exclusive live coverage of every race weekend, with its broadcasting rights running until 2024.

Free-to-air: RTL holds the rights to show four races live – Emilia Romagna, Spain, Italy and Brazil – with its broadcast deal set to expire in 2022.

F1TV Pro: Not yet available in Germany
F1TV Access: €26.99 annually or €2.99 monthly

How to watch in Brazil

Paid: Premium channel BandSports shows every practice and qualifying session at race weekends, before moving to its free-to-air sister channel for the races.

Free-to-air: Terrestrial channel Band shows the live races, with the channel having taken over as Brazil’s host broadcaster until the end of 2022.

F1TV Pro: $39.99 (approx. R$212) annually or $5.19 (approx. R$27.50) monthly
F1TV Access: $26.99 (approx. R$143) annually or $2.99 (approx. R$16) monthly

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