There are a number of TV subscriptions and streaming sites where you can watch Formula 1 some for a fee through subscriptions and some completely free where you can watch races on a delayed basis.
But let’s start from the beginning, what is Formula 1?
Formula 1 is the highest category of single-seater open-wheel circuit racing cars defined by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
The world championship of Formula 1 consists of 22 races, where the most famous and renowned are: the Belgian Grand Prix, in Spa Francorchamp, with the world-famous Eau Rouge curve, the Grand Prix of Monaco, the most famous street circuit par excellence in history and the “Temple of Speed” in Italy in Monza, where it was Set the speed record at an impressive 372.6 km/h achieved by Montoya in 2004, later beaten by Valtteri Bottas by touching 378 km/h in the Azerbaijan race in Baku.
These races are among the most historic ever, they have been present since the founding of Formula 1 in 1950 and except for a few exceptional cases have never been removed from the Formula 1 championship roster.
The most famous team in Formula 1 is undoubtedly the Prancing Horse team, Scuderia Ferrari.
Ferrari, in fact, is the only team to have participated in every season of the Formula 1 championship since 1950, as well as the team that holds the most records, including the fifteen drivers’ titles, with the first one won in 1952, and the sixteen constructors’ titles, starting in 1961.
It is also the team that has won the most Grand Prix ever, an impressive 242.
In this article we will go over the five broadcast channels where you can follow the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Sky offers a package called “Sky Tv + Sport” that allows you at the price of 30.90€ per month for the first 18 of months, to watch all Formula 1 races from Free Practice (FP1, FP2 and FP3) to Qualifying (Q1, Q2 and Q3) and races.
Also related to the world of motorsport you can also see all the races of MotoGP, Formula 2, Formula 3 and the World SuperBike.
Recently Sky and Formula 1 announced the renewal of the partnership to watch Formula 1 exclusively in all countries. In Italy, Formula 1 will be on Sky until 2027 with live coverage of all stages leading up to the championship races.
The choice of the continuation of this Partnership is also due to the fact that in the 2022 season all Formula 1 ratings records were broken.
This year in Italy has seen a 20 percent increase in ratings compared to previous years. In particular, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, aired on Sunday, March 27, was the most-watched Grand Prix in the history of Italian pay TV with 1 million 937 thousand average viewers, peaking at 4 million 781 thousand with a 39.9 percent share.
Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Formula One Group expressed his pleasure at the continuation of the partnership saying:
“We are incredibly proud of our long-term partnership with Sky and are pleased to announce that we will continue to work together, with a very significant commitment from Sky.
Since the beginning of our relationship, we have both been committed to bringing the fun, excitement and stories of Formula 1 to our traditional fans while engaging new and more diverse audiences.
Formula 1 has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, and I cannot think of a better partner to continue reaching our fans with dedicated, expert and in-depth coverage.
Sky not only offers fans live coverage, but also a range of access and behind-the-scenes content that brings Formula 1 to life.
We are excited about the future of the partnership and the journey of Formula 1.”
In addition to him, Ian Holmes, Formula 1’s director of Media Rights and Content Creation also commented on this collaboration, saying:
“Since Sky joined Formula 1, the scope and quality of its Formula 1 content has continuously increased.
This new agreement with Sky reflects our long-term partnership and shared ambition to grow Formula 1 to new viewers and markets.
In recent years we have returned to historic venues like Zandvoort and introduced new and exciting races like Miami and, of course, Las Vegas next year.
I am delighted that Sky continues to be by our side in this exciting era of our sport.”
Now Tv is the best alternative to Sky for watching Formula 1.
In order to watch Formula 1 on Now Tv , it is necessary to have to activate the “Sports Pass” at a price of €14.99 per month.
Now Tv is a great Streaming solution because it allows you to in case you have second thoughts, cancel your subscription at any time, with no strings attached.
This pass will allow you to watch all Free Practice, all Qualifying sessions and all races of the Formula 1 championship live.
There are many devices compatible with Now Tv, you will be able to access it via Smartphone/Tablet by downloading the application through your own store such as, Play Store (Android) or App Store (IOS).
In addition, it is possible to connect to the service via Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Apple TV, Smart TV, Playstation or XBOX.
Compatible devices include the NOW Smart Stick a simple dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV that allows you to view all of your subscription content even from TVs that cannot be connected to the Internet, with the purchase of this dongle you will be able to have 2 months of free Sports Pass.
Tv8 is a Sky-owned free-to-air broadcaster on digital terrestrial channel 8. On Tv8 all races of the Formula 1 championship are broadcast, however, only 5 of them are broadcast live, the other 18 are broadcast on a delayed basis.
In order to watch Formula 1 on Tv8 via television all you have to do is tune in to digital terrestrial channel 8 at the time of the airing of the qualifying and races to follow.
If you prefer, however, to watch them via SmartPhone or Tablet, simply go to Tv8’s official website (https://www.tv8.it/) and click the Streaming option located at the top of the site.
Below you will find the ‘list of all events broadcast live on Tv8 for the 2022 season:
- April 22-24, 2022 Grand Prix ofEmilia Romagna
- May 20-22, 2022 Spanish Grand Prix
- July 22-24, 2022 French Grand Prix
- September 9-11, 2022 Grand Prix of Italy
- October 21-23, 2022 United States Grand Prix
Among the paid solutions to watch Formula 1 we also have the official Formula 1 channel called F1 TV.
Formula 1 online TV allows you to subscribe where you can watch all Grand Prix of the season including also Qualifying and Free Practice.
The site allows subscription through two monthly plans at €2.99 per month or annual plans at €26.99 per year.
In addition, these subscriptions will give you access to a historical archive where you can find all past Formula 1 races (with commentary in English, French or German only) and viewing of all Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche SuperCup races.
In order to watch Formula 1 on F1 TV you need to log on to the official website (https://f1tv.formula1.com/) click on Subscribe and choose the plan you prefer.
When you subscribe to F1 TV, you also activate automatic renewal. So if you are not going to continue your experience on F1 TV remember to remove it.
On the web platform YouTube it is not possible to watch the races in full but, on the official Formula 1 channel, all the Highlights of Qualifying, Races and also other content such as interviews are available completely free of charge.
In addition, a Live Stream with interviews of all drivers directly from the starting grid is broadcast before each race.
To be able to see the content you are interested in on YouTube you just need to enter their YouTube channel, called FORMULA 1, which you can find at this link: https://www.youtube.com/c/F1/videos