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How to watch Formula 1 2022: Live stream the F1 2022 season wherever you are

Matt Reed
4 Aug 2022

Follow the Formula 1 season anywhere in the world with our guide on where and when to live stream all the action

Like the art of overtaking, figuring out how to watch Formula One races can be fraught with difficulty – sometimes you might just crash into a rogue website. As your virtual safety car, we’re here to direct traffic towards trusted live streams of all the upcoming races in the F1 schedule. For the next F1 race, the Formula One family travels to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday 28 August.

As ever, UK residents can watch the racing action, including two days of practice races and qualifiers, live on Sky Sports across the 26 and 27 August, as well as the Sunday race. Alternatively, you can stream the Grand Prix and every other race on F1's official streaming service, F1 TV, which is available in several regions worldwide, albeit for different monthly subscription prices. Both Sky Sports and F1 TV can be accessed from abroad by using a good VPN, such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

It’s been a week where drivers have been making moves in Formula 1; both on and off the track. The market for drivers in next year’s season was kicked into gear prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel’s announcement that he would retire at the end of this season. That meant there was a free seat at Aston Martin, who promptly convinced Fernando Alonso to switch over from Alpine by offering him the security of a multi-year deal.

His shock move – to a team five places and 79 points worse off at present – left Alpine without a driver and a little embarrassed to have the carpet pulled from under it, according to some reports, having expected Alonso to stay at least another year. Quickly thereafter, Alpine announced the previous F2 and F3 champion Oscar Piastri as Alonso’s replacement, having been its reserve driver this season, only to get publicly rebuffed by the Australian driver in an extraordinary snub.

Supposedly, Alpine missed the chance to activate a clause in Piastri’s contract to make him its driver on 31 July. Meanwhile, Alpine is said to believe it is on solid contractual ground to ‘promote’ the Australian to its main team – who himself is thought to be keen on moving to McLaren, hence the rebuff, in what could be a swap for fellow Aussie Daniel Riccairdo. Not too complex, is it?

Amongst all the driver drama, it’s easy to let the race in the middle of it all slip from your memory. The Hungarian Grand Prix saw its own massive moves by Max Verstappen as he went from tenth to first to secure victory at the Hungaroring and extend his lead in the Driver’s Championship. While his performance was impressive, that lead is so vast thanks to more mishaps from the Ferrari team, whose strategy was called into question once again after it pitted lead driver Charles Leclerc for hard tyres – despite seeing other drivers who had hard tyres struggle for pace throughout the race.

The Ferrari driver now trails Verstappen by 80 points with only nine races remaining. Even if Leclerc won every remaining race, plus fastest lap times, that would only cut back 72 points should Verstappen finish second each time – and the Dutchman’s consistent podium finishes have been a major feature of his season thus far, suggesting it will be a tough ask for Leclerc to overturn things.

Still, his next chance to regain some points comes in Belgium following F1’s summer break. The infamous Spa-francorchamps track is a favourite among F1 drivers for its long straights and fast corners and will have them doing 44 laps of the 7km circuit come race day. This year’s Grand Prix could be its last in F1 though, after reports that it is set to miss out with South Africa and Las Vegas thought to be joining as new venues in 2023, so it is simply a must-watch for all ardent Formula 1 fans.

There’s a little while to wait for the action though, with the racing action commencing on Friday 26 August. But do check in with this page for regular updates on the happenings in F1, including the schedule and current standings, plus all the information on how to stream the Belgian Grand Prix when the time comes.

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How to watch the Belgian Grand Prix (26 - 28 August)

What time are the F1 qualifying and practice races?

All times are British Summer Time (BST).

Friday 26 August 2022

  • Practice 1 starts at 1pm
  • Practice 2 starts at 4pm

Saturday 27 August 2022

  • Practice 3 starts at 12pm
  • Qualifying starts at 3pm

When does the F1 Belgian Grand Prix start?

Sunday 28 August 2022

  • The Belgian Grand Prix will commence at 2pm.

F1 2022 Driver Standings

1Max Verstappen258
2Charles Leclerc178
3Sergio Pérez173
4George Russell158
5Carlos Sainz156

F1 2022 Constructor Standings

1Red Bull Racing RBPT431
4Alpine Renault99

How to watch F1 2022 in the UK: Sky Sports and Sky Sports F1

There are two ways to watch F1 on Sky Sports. You can either add the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel to your TV package, or you can add the Complete Sky Sports package to your TV. We'll explain the difference between both, but note that both options require you to have a basic Sky Signature package first. Sky Signature is the new name for Sky's Basic TV package. This costs £26/mth and includes the best of Sky TV and Netflix on compatible devices. The minimum term contract for Sky Signature is 18 months and new customers will have a one-time setup fee.

Once you have Sky Signature, you can add Sky Sports F1 to your TV. Sky Sports F1 is the official broadcaster of every F1 race of the 2021 season. You can watch every practice, qualifying session and race live in HD for £25/mth on a rolling 31-day contract.

However, if you're a fan of sports in general, you're better off choosing the Sky Sports package, which also costs £25/mth. Not only does this include the Sky Sports F1 channel as default, but you'll get eight Sky Sports channels all in HD, meaning you'll be able to watch marquee matches from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership, golf majors, NFL, NBA, live international cricket, franchise cricket tournaments like the IPL, and more. Alternatively, new customers can get Sky TV and Sky Sports package for £44/mth. However, this will tie you down to an 18-month contract and you'll need to pay a one-time setup fee of £20.

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How to watch F1 2022 in the UK: Now Sports Membership

If you can't afford the expense of Sky Sports F1 and don't like the idea of a long-term contract, a Now Sports membership is a great alternative.

You can either purchase a Now Sports Day Membership, which costs £12 and includes a Mobile Month Pass free; or a Now Sports Month Membership, which costs £34/mth and includes a seven-day free trial of Now Boost, which lets you stream content in HD on any device. Apart from F1, you can also watch all the upcoming marquee Premier League, EFL and NBA games using this pass.

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How to watch F1 2022 anywhere: F1 TV

Since the 2020 season, the official F1 channel has launched its own streaming that's now live in the UK. You can now subscribe to F1 TV for just £20/yr or £2.29/mth. This gives you access to live leaderboard data, real-time telemetry data, team radio clips, live driver maps and more.

If you choose the annual plan, you'll have access to even more features, including the option to watch over 600 historic races from the past years and stream exclusive F1 documentaries featuring some of the biggest names that have shaped the sport.

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How to watch F1 2022 wherever you are: use a good VPN service

If you're travelling abroad and don't have access to any of the aforementioned services broadcasting F1 races where you live, then the best way to legally access these services is by subscribing to a good VPN service. A VPN basically tricks your computer into thinking it’s in another country, thereby giving you access to online streams that would otherwise be foiled by a geo-block. Not only that, it encrypts all your browsing traffic, meaning that every time you use the VPN on your device, all your browsing activity will be protected from any and everyone, including your own ISP and even hackers.

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The fastest VPN we've ever used – and our favourite for streaming – is ExpressVPN. It gives you speedy access to servers across the globe, so you won't miss any F1 action and you can use it on five devices simultaneously. It's well worth the money to watch lag-free F1 streams regardless of where you are in the world. The VPN has 24/7 customer support and has successfully completed an audit to prove that it doesn't log or store any user data. Our readers get three months free on the one-year plan and all plans include a 30-day no-questions-asked moneyback guarantee in case the service doesn't meet your expectations.

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A close second to ExpressVPN – and a bit cheaper on the pocket – is NordVPN. It shares many of the same features we've come to love from ExpressVPN, including a public audit to prove that it doesn't store any user data, 24/7 customer support and a 30-day moneyback guarantee. We like PC map-based interface because ti lets you select countries and servers easily. You can use the service on six devices at the same time, making it a great option for your entire family.

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How to watch F1 2022 Highlights: Channel 4

This year, as has been the case for the last six years, Channel 4 will air race highlights from every Grand Prix throughout the 2022 season. You can access these via the All 4 player on your laptop, mobile or other devices, or through the All 4 app on your TV box.

Formula 1 on Channel 4

F1 Schedule 2022

  1. 28 August: Belgian Grand Prix
  2. 4 September: Dutch Grand Prix
  3. 9 September: Italian Grand Prix
  4. 2 October: Singapore Grand Prix
  5. 9 October: Japanese Grand Prix
  6. 23 October: United States Grand Prix
  7. 30 October: Mexico City Grand Prix
  8. 13 November: Sao Paulo Grand Prix
  9. 20 November: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 Teams and drivers 2022

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
  • Red Bull Racing: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
  • Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
  • Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll
  • McLaren: Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
  • Alfa Romeo Racing: Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou
  • Haas F1: Mick Schumachwer and Kevin Magnussen
  • Williams: Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi
  • AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda
  • Alpine: Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso

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