The Italian Grand Prix takes place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit. Here's how to watch the next F1 race online and on TV
Ferrari is returning home to Monza, Italy this weekend for the Italian Grand Prix, fresh off the back of its driver Charles Leclerc’s victory at Spa.
Leclerc took it down to the wire to win his first Formula 1 race in Belgium, pipping championship leader Lewis Hamilton to the title with less than a second’s lead. Hamilton will be hoping to return to winning ways at the next F1 race in Monza, and will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s victory which marked a significant turning point in his 2018 championship battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
The race began to unravel within four corners of the start, as Vettel spun trying to defend against an overtaking move by Hamilton at the second chicane on the first lap. This left Hamilton to battle it out with Vettel’s former teammate Kimi Raikkonen who he eventually overtook with just nine laps to go.
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The defending champion has had a fantastic start to the 2019 season and sits 65 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the Drivers Championship. Hamilton and Bottas’ respective points have also pushed Mercedes to the top of the Constructor’s Championship with a lead of 145 points on Ferrari.
All these factors will come into play over 53 laps of the 5.793km Autodromo Nazionale Monza Circuit at the Italian Grand Prix this week.
F1 2019 Drivers Championship
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Where to watch the Italian Grand Prix 2019
The Italian Grand Prix takes place from 6-8 September and is broadcast live on Sky Sports Formula One.
Coverage of Practice 1 starts on Friday, 6 September, at 9:45am, for a 10:00am start.
Coverage of Practice 2 starts on Friday, 6 August, at 1:45pm, for a 2:00pm start.
Coverage of Practice 3 starts on Saturday, 7 August, at 10:45am, for a 11:00am start.
Qualifying is on Saturday, 7 September, at 2pm, with build-up coverage starting an hour earlier at 1pm. Qualifying highlights will also be available on Channel 4 after the race.
Coverage of The Italian Grand Prix starts at 12:30pm on Sunday, 8 September.
The race starts at 2:10pm at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
How to watch the Italian Grand Prix in the UK: Sky Sports
Sky Sports has the rights for the full race of the Italian Grand Prix and will be broadcasting it via its Sky Sports F1 channel. You can’t watch this without a Sky Sports subscription but there are a number of options to choose from to get access:
If you’re keen to watch more than a couple of F1 races, and are also interested in other sports including football and golf, we’d recommend signing up for a Sky Q box and getting the Sky Sports Channels as part of a package. For new customers, a Sky Q box on its own costs £22/mth for 18 months, plus a £20 installation fee.
You can, alternatively, just sign up for a Sky Sports F1 channel for £10 a month on top of your Sky Q package and this price is for both new and existing customers.
The benefit of getting a Sky Q package, beyond access to 300 other Sky TV channels, is it’s the only way to watch Sky Sports in Ultra HD, as long as you have an Ultra HD-ready TV. Sky Q viewers can also can also watch F1 in split-screen mode, meaning you can go onboard with a driver on one window while watching the main race on another.
How to live stream the Italian Grand Prix: Now TV Sports Pass
If you’d rather now commit to such a long contract, or just want to watch select races and sporting events, the best way is with a Now TV Sky Sports Pass. Now TV offers a selection of passes based on what you want to watch and to watch the Italian Grand Prix, you’ll need a Sky Sports Pass. There are four Sky Sports passes available, though, to suit how much sport you want to watch.
- Sky Sports Mobile Pass for £5.99
- Sky Sports Day Pass for £9.99
- Sky Sports Week Pass for £14.99
- Sky Sports Month Pass for £33.99
Read more about Sky Now TV’s range of passes here.
Plus, once you have a Sky Sports subscription, you can follow every race via the Race Control feature on the Sky Sports app or via Sky Go. Race Control, on the Sky Sports app on iOS and Android, broadcasts every minute of Formula 1 2019’s track action. The Sky Go app streams races live and in full.
How to watch the Italian Grand Prix abroad with a VPN
Whether you’re an F1 fan abroad, or want to watch the Italian Grand Prix on holiday, you’ll need a VPN. Even if you’ve already signed up to Sky. This is because broadcasters geoblock their content. A VPN makes your device think it’s browsing from another country to help you get around these geoblocks.
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We’ve listed some of the best VPNs below and once you’ve made your choice, change your VPN location to the UK and sign in to your Sky or Now TV account.
ExpressVPN: We can’t recommend ExpressVPN highly enough and it’s our best VPN because it has the fastest speeds over long distances, 24/7 customer support and a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee. What’s more, it works across a wide range of devices and you can use it on up to five devices simultaneously.
NordVPN: NordVPN is our second-favourite VPN because it shares many of the features of ExpressVPN, including fast speeds, a vast network of servers, 24/7 customer support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. It does have a one-up on ExpressVPN though: it works on six devices at the same time.
CyberGhost VPN: Going another step further is CyberGhost. You can use it on up to seven devices, it offers dedicated servers for different services and has a 45-day money-back guarantee.
How to watch the Italian Grand Prix 2019: F1 TV Pro
Alternatively, if you’re outside of the UK you can also watch all the races via F1 TV Pro. Ahead of the current season, Formula 1 launched its own streaming service called F1 TV Pro which shows live coverage of every race to subscribers in select countries. These countries include Belgium, France, Germany, and The Netherlands, although you can see the full list here. Sadly, F1 TV Pro is not available in the UK due to Sky and Channel 4 owning the rights.
How to watch the Italian Grand Prix 2019: Highlights
This year, as has been the case for the last three years, Channel 4 will air race highlights from every Grand Prix throughout the 2019 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.