Formula One is back with the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place over 71 laps of the 4.1318km Red Bull Ring in Spielberg at speeds so fast, not even the coronavirus can catch them. Revved up and ready to watch? You’ll find a handy guide to live streaming the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix – from anywhere in the world – below.
The Austrian Grand Prix is the first race back and will finally allow F1 fans to get up to speed with all racing action. After three practice sessions spread across Thursday and Friday, viewers will be treated to qualifying at 2pm on Saturday, followed by the race at 2.10pm on Sunday.
From those talks a safety plan has been drafted up and signed off.
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The action’s already started with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton going fastest in first free practice. The current world champion was just 0.356 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, both driving distinctive black cars to reflect support for anti-racism campaigns.
Meanwhile Frenchman Romain Grosjean was forced to retire with a brake problem, and Red Bull ace Max Verstappen had a few dodgy spins – not the start the Dutchman, who is chasing his third Austrian Grand Prix victory in a row, wanted.
Read on if you want to get your stream on and tune into the Austrian Grand Prix, then here’s how you do it in engine-growling surround sound and 4K style…
Formula One F1 TV Pro season pass
Formula 1 itself offers an on-demand and live streaming service to race fans everywhere. Exactly what you get depends on what country you’re in, so it may be a case of making sure you’re signed up to a VPN if you’re away from home.
Those in the US, for example, can sign up to a $79.99 F1 TV Pro season pass with live streams of every track session for all Grands Prix, access to all driver onboard cameras and team radios and live streams of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup races.
There’s also on-demand access to full race replays and highlights, the F1 onboard cameras, all F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup replays and F1’s historic race archive too – an excellent package for petrol heads.
Watch Austrian Grand Prix anywhere in the world using a VPN
We’ll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based F1 fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription you’re still not going to be able to watch the Grand Prix from another country.
There are certain territories where some or all of the races are free to air – so if you’re away in Albania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Russia, Slovenia, USA, the Middle East or North Africa, you may just need to tune in on your hotel TV or find a local bar. You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live Formula 1 here.
Anywhere else and you might want to get yourself a VPN instead. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your service provider will think that you’re in the correct country to do so and allow you to watch the F1.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.
ExpressVPN three months free with a year-long plan
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.