From Lewis Hamilton’s dominance to the return of a racing icon at Renault, the 2021 Formula One season is set to be a compelling watch. From practice to pit stops, Formula One continues to dominate the international motorsport landscape. Find out how to watch or stream races live in the UK here.
How to Watch Formula 1 on UK TV
The 2021 Formula One season is set to get underway and race fans are quite rightly excited. Lewis Hamilton could become the sport’s most decorated driver if he wins a record eighth world title – but the field behind him is definitely closing the gap.
Red Bull and Ferrari will be the two names challenging Mercedes at the front of the grid, with both teams adding new drivers for the 2021 campaign. Sergio Perez comes in for Alex Albon alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull, a move many think will send the Austrian outfit back to winning ways.
Carlos Sainz will partner Charles Leclerc at Ferrari, after four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel moved on from the Scuderia for a seat at the newly branded Aston Martin team (Force India). More great news for the grid is that Fernando Alonso is back in F1 at Renault, where he won both of his world titles in the 2000s.
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The F1 Live on Sky Sports and NOW TV
Sky Sports has signed an exclusive deal with Formula One, bringing you the 2021 FIA F1 Championship live on UK TV. From 2019 to 2024, the network is showing every race live – including all every warm-up practice and qualifying session. Sky Sports’ experienced team of Simon Lazenby, Paul Di Resta and Martin Brundle bring you the insider’s scoop and top-shelf analysis.
NOW TV, a part of the Sky stable, has the exact same programming as Sky Sports and offer a choice of daily, weekly and monthly passes. These are perfect if you’re just looking to catch one of the big races like the British or Monaco Grands Prix, or any other race without making a long-term commitment. You can tune into the race live online at home, or on your mobile device while on the go.
The F1 on Free to Air (Channel 4)
Channel 4, the official F1 free to air provider in the United Kingdom, will be showing highlights of all 23 races, but only the British Grand Prix will be available to watch live in its entirety. Channel 4 also have a highlights package of the qualifying sessions to be shown on the Saturday evening before the race itself. As for programming, Channel 4’s coverage is headed up by Steve Jones and David Coulthard.
Bahrain Grand Prix TV Preview
The next event on the Formula 1 calendar is the Bahrain GP. Every warm-up, practice and qualifying session is available to watch live in the UK on BT Sport. Highlights of the race will be available after the chequered flag on Channel 4;
Bahrain Grand Prix Live TV Times
|Friday 26 Mar||Practice 1 LIVE||TBC||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Friday 26 Mar||Practice 2 LIVE||TBC||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Saturday 27 Mar||Practice 3 LIVE||TBC||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Saturday 27 Mar||Qualifying LIVE||TBC||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
|Sunday 28 Mar||Bahrain GP LIVE||TBC||Sky Sports/NOW TV|
Shown as British Summer Time (BST), adjust for regional differences.
Watch or Stream the Bahrain Grand Prix Live
In 2021, Sky Sports is televising all 21 Formula One weekend live, in Ultra HD, with replays of the sessions you may have missed. This includes every qualifying and practice session broadcast live, with the Grand Prix ad-break free to enhance your viewing, as well as the option to stream the Bahrain Grand Prix to a variety of eligible mobile devices using the free Sky Go app should it be more convenient. If you’re interested in full access to this action take a moment to review the Sky Sports plus Entertainment package, which requires an 18-month commitment and the necessary equipment.
If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve a long-term commitment, you may wish to check out NOW TV, which offers shorter, more flexible deals. With NOW TV you can watch every televised session of the BahrainGrand Prix live online using a compatible device or available app, while receiving the exact same broadcast experience and coverage as Sky Sports. NOW TV offers the choice of adding a Sky Sports day pass, weekly pass or monthly pass, and there’s no setup or equipment fees, so you can start watching within minutes of plugging it in.
F1 2021 Live TV Fixtures and Grand Prix Schedule
|Date||Grand Prix Venue||Channels Available|
|Mar 12 – 14||Testing||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Mar 26 – 28||Bahrain GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Apr 16-18||Italy GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Apr 30 – May 2||TBC||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|May 7 – 9||Spain GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|May 20 – 23||Monaco GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jun 4 – 6||Azerbaijan GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jun 11 – 13||Canada GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jun 25 – 27||France GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jul 2 – 4||Austrian GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jul 16 – 18||British GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Jul 30 – Aug 1||Hungarian GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Aug 27 – 29||Belgian GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Sep 3 – 5||Dutch GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Sep 10 – 12||Italy GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Sep 24 – 26||Russia GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Oct 1 – 3||Singapore GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Oct 8 – 10||Japan GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Oct 22 – 24||US GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Oct 29 – 31||Mexico GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Nov 5 – 7||Brazil GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Nov 19 – 21||Australia GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Nov 3 – 5||Saudi GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|
|Dec 10 – 12||Abu Dhabi GP||Sky Sports / NOW TV|