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Formula 1 is the worldwide gold standard of racing, but figuring out how to watch F1 online can be as tricky as an outside overtake. Luckily, there are several ways to watch F1 online if you’re a cord-cutter, and even a couple of ways to watch F1 live streams for free.
Whether you’re just getting into F1 (maybe because you watched the fantastic Netflix docu-series, Drive to Survive) or you’re looking for a better service to live stream races, read on for the best ways to watch F1 online.
How to Watch F1 on TV
Looking to watch F1 on your cable TV? Tune into live races on ESPN and ESPN 2. Those are currently the only two cable channels broadcasting F1 on TV in the U.S.
How to Watch F1 Online: Live Streaming and On-Demand
No streaming service owns exclusive rights to F1, so there are several ways to watch F1 online. Below are a few streaming services that will let you watch F1 live streams on your smart devices, including Amazon Fire Sticks, Roku devices, and Smart TVs.
1. Watch F1 on SlingTV
Sling TV is one of our favorite cord-cutter services — and one of the best ways to watch F1 online. The platform’s cheapest subscription tier, Sling Orange, gets you access to ESPN and ESPN 2 for just $35 a month, making it an easy way to watch F1 live streams online from any smart device. Better still, Sling is currently running a deal for new customers, offering half off your first month’s bill. That brings your first payment down to just $17.50.
Sling Orange also includes 30 other popular channels, including TNT, TBS, and CNN, all in one package. Sling lets you watch F1 from your phone, laptop, tablet or on your connected TV through the Sling TV app.
2. Watch F1 on F1 TV
For serious fans, F1 TV is a great way to watch F1 online. Besides F1 race live streams, the service brings a ton of data for each race including live timing, audio clips, and real-time telemetry. So, for example, you could keep up with stats using your tablet while watching the live race on another screen. F1 TV is relatively affordable too with a monthly cost of $9.99, or an annual cost of $63.99 for your first year.
3. Watch F1 on Hulu + Live TV
If you’re in need of a comprehensive cord-cutter service that also lets you live stream F1 online, turn to Hulu + Live TV. The service, which costs $69.99 per month, brings a ton of content for the money: besides dozens of live TV channels, Hulu + Live TV also includes everything in Hulu’s on-demand streaming library, as well as access to Disney+ and ESPN+ for free.
4. Watch F1 on fuboTV
Another good live TV streaming service is fuboTV, which includes ESPN to watch F1 online. Fubo is known to have an extensive, sports-forward catalog of channels, so this is a great option in general for any sports fans. Subscriptions start at $69.99 per month.
How to Watch F1 Online Free
If you want to catch a big race without opening your wallet, you’re in luck: it is possible to stream F1 online for free. Below are a couple of ways to watch F1 online for free. These options let you live stream Formula 1 races on your laptop, TV, smartphone or tablet.
1. Watch F1 Online Free With fuboTV Free Trial
FuboTV is currently offering a seven-day free trial. The free trial is easy to cancel after seven days, making it a great way to watch F1 for free — if just for those seven days.
2. Watch F1 Online Free With DirecTV Stream Free Trial
Another way to watch F1 live streams for free is to take advantage of DirecTV Stream’s five-day free trial, which gets you free access to ESPN live streams. This comes in handy if you just want to watch one big race weekend, or if you’ve never watched F1 live and want to see if you like it.
Combine the fuboTV trial and the DirecTV Stream free trials and you’ll get 12 days of free Formula 1 live streaming in total. Use the trials to watch the next F1 race online free before choosing to continue with one of the monthly subscription F1 streaming options above.
F1 Schedule 2022
One of the great things about F1 is that it’s a year-round sport, so there’s no shortage of events. Up next is the Dutch Grand Prix from September 2 through 4. For the full F1 schedule, head to Formula1.com.
Where to Buy F1 Merch Online
Want to cheer on your team with some authentic F1 gear? You’re in luck: There’s some fantastic F1 merch available online, including replica team gear, casual everyday clothing, and even F1 decor. Below are a couple of good pieces; head here for a full roundup of the best F1 merch to buy online.
Mercedes AMG F1 Team T-Shirt
This team Mercedes AMG T-shirt is a great way to rep one of the best F1 teams on the track. Officially licensed, the tee features sponsor logos on the chest and a large Petronas logo on the back.
LEGO Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car
Technic is a LEGO sub-brand made for adults with more challenging builds and decor-worthy end results. This McLaren F1 car from Technic delivers both, comprising 1,432 pieces. Once finished, the complex build is a very realistic F1 replica with moving wheels, suspension, and pistons, as well as a functioning steering wheel.