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F1 live stream: How to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix for free

Starting with the first weekend of March, the 2024 F1 season begins, stretching all the way to December 8th. That’s a lot of ground to cover if you want to watch every race. As a result, we’re covering where you can watch the F1 races via live TV streaming services but also showing you how to get the international streams free and get free trials to cover a key race or two you’re interested in. Each service is a little different, covering different total amounts of races, and giving its own mix of extra entertainment options, but the races will all be cast through a mixture of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, and ABC. So, it is worth doing some research to see which one is for you. We’ll also provide a schedule so you can see when the races are going to be.

Watch the F1 Live Stream Now

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The following services and avenues remain the best to see F1 races in 2024. For each option, we’ll discuss pricing, free trials, channel availability, and bonus features that come with the service so you can make the most educated choice for your wallet and lifestyle.

Watch the F1 free live stream

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If you’re willing to watch in a foreign language, there are incredibly cheap options for that. For example, you can watch via ORF in Austria or RTL Zwee in Luxembourg. The catch here, however, is the “in” part. As you’ll likely need to be in these countries or nearby to be allowed to watch the stream. But there is a sneaky way around that. You can use a VPN, such as NordVPN, to “set” your location to that of any other place in the world. In this way, the websites will see you as being in Europe even though you’re sitting in your American home. It won’t change the language of the content at all, of course, or the live commentary, but it is a fun way to peak into the lifestyle of those abroad as well as get a free F1 stream.

At the time of this writing, NordVPN can be purchased for as low as $60 for the entire year or $13 for a single month. No matter your purchasing option, the service comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch F1 free on Fubo

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If you’d rather stay domestic, and get an English-focused broadcast, we find Fubo to be the quickest and easiest way to jump into Formula 1 races. They have every session for every race all season. And, you can get a one week free trial to get started with the service, which is enough to watch a special race that is near and dear to your heart. Plus, you’ll be able to watch live football, Premiere League soccer, and more live sports events than you can imagine, with a few programs from other entertainment types as well.

Each of Fubo’s main plans comes with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR so if you have plans on race day you can still watch it shortly after without risking getting spoiled about the final results. If you have a large house or want to do massive watch parties, you’ll enjoy being able to cast on up to 10 screens at once as well.

Once your free trial ends, Fubo eases you into full payments, with the first month coming at you with a discounted rate. For example, the 183 channel cheapest plan starts at $60 for the first month before bumping up to $80 and the 258 channel + 4K broadcasting + Showtime Premier plan starts at $80 before turning into $100 per month.

Watch F1 on Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV happens to be the best streaming bundle deal in our opinion. That’s because it gets you Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ along with more than 75 live TV channels including ESPN. You’ve also got Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS, and with ESPN+, you can live stream UFC fights, including pay-per-view events. It’s pretty much the complete package.

But you get a lot more than just sports here: This package also gives you the complete catalog of great shows on Hulu, Hulu movies, and Hulu original shows that you get with the standard Hulu service, while Disney+ lets you stream everything it has to offer. That includes hundreds of classic and new movies on Disney+, as well as a mountain of Marvel and Star Wars content, as these franchises are both part of the Disney family now. From the most iconic films in the Star Wars and Marvel universes to exclusive Disney+ originals like The Book of Boba Fett, Disney+ has a lot to offer, and you get it all and much more when you sign up for Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV is all you need to watch every F1 live stream for 2024. For $70 per month (or $76 per month if you want to eliminate ads from Hulu), you get a ton of entertainment besides Formula 1 and other sports. The Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ apps are also all compatible with most modern streaming platforms, including smart TVs, streaming sticks, mobile devices, and gaming consoles, and you can also stream them in your computer web browser. Premium channels like HBO and Showtime are available to add to your subscription plan as well, to give you more options when Formula 1 isn’t on.

Watch F1 on ESPN+

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While ESPN+ isn’t set to have every race in the 2024 F1 season, it does have the early races for this March and is an excellent way to get started with F1 without committing to a more expensive package. Naturally, ESPN+ as a single channel comes with other services on this list, but you can get it as a single channel as a quick and affordable way to jump into watching races. If you’re the type to get really excited about something in the short term, but have a tendency to lose excitement quickly, this is the service to buy to save you money.

Currently, you can sign up for ESPN+ as a solitary purchase for just $11 month or $110 per year (a savings of $22 over monthly payments) from their website. The ESPN+ service will allow you to stream on up to three services at once — including on your Android phone, iPhone, and LG Smart TV, among others — and gives you the ability to rewind and replay live content.

Watch F1 on Sling TV

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Hulu with Live TV is our favorite streaming package because of the sheer amount of live and on-demand entertainment that you get with it. The flip-side of the coin is that it’s the most expensive at $70 per month (or even a little more if you want to do without ads). That’s why we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Sling TV, which is perhaps the best value when it comes to television streaming packages — and one that includes ESPN, meaning you can use it to watch F1 live streams.

Sling’s pricing structure is a little different than other streaming services. There are two plans — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — each for $40 per month. You can also opt to combine the two into the Orange & Blue package for $55 per month. And, right now, you are able to get either of these plans for half off for your first month. Sling Orange offers 32 channels including three ESPN channels, so that’s the one you want if you want to watch the next F1 live stream online. However, the Blue plan features 40 channels, including other sports channels that are missing from the Orange plan (such as Fox, NBC, and the NFL Network). It might be worth combining the two if you like other sports content as well.

For $55 per month, the Sling Orange & Blue package is a solid value. You get 46 channels (all the ones from Orange and Blue combined), which is less than other services like Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV, but that’s not a bad thing if you only watch certain channels and don’t want to pay extra for stuff you’re never going to watch. One thing to note is that the Sling Blue plan allows for streaming on only one device at a time, while the Blue and Orange & Blue plans allow for up to three simultaneous viewing streams. Premium add-ons are available, although HBO and Cinemax have not come to Sling at this time. The Sling app is also not supported for PlayStation consoles as of yet, but you can watch Sling on most other streaming devices, including Xbox consoles.

Watch F1 on YouTube TV

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With more than 85 channels, YouTube TV is a serious value proposition if you want a cord-cutting streaming package and don’t care about ESPN+, Hulu, or Disney+ (or if you don’t mind signing up for the Disney Bundle separately, which is always an option). Despite the fact that YouTube pretty much wrote the book on online video streaming, it’s a relative newcomer to the TV streaming scene. Google, which owns YouTube, threw its hat into that ring in 2017, but YouTube TV was only available in a few markets at first. It wasn’t until 2019 that it was rolled out for all broadcasting markets across the U.S.

The number of channels you get will depend on which one of those markets you’re in, but its lineup is impressive. The 85-plus YouTube TV channels include Fox, NBC, CBS, TBS, and TNT, alongside ESPN, ESPN 2, and ABC for F1 live streams. Other sports content includes NFL football, NBA basketball, PGA Tour golf, college games, and more. You also have plenty of other entertainment at your fingertips, with channels like Discovery, Comedy Central, Food Network, MTV, and National Geographic, among many others.

YouTube TV is a particularly good streaming package for families and other households where multiple people like to stream at a time. You can watch YouTube TV on up to six screens at once, and you also get unlimited cloud DVR storage for offline viewing. Compare that to the usual one to three streams and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage you get with most television streaming packages such as Sling and Hulu with Live TV. If you’re looking for a way to watch most F1 live streams online, YouTube TV is a great choice for $73 per month. Plus, you start watching it free and get your first three months for just $63.

YouTube TV is compatible with most streaming devices including Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles, and you can add premium channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Cinemax to your monthly subscription. There’s even a 4K Plus add-on that allows you to enjoy select content in 4K Ultra HD — something Sling and Hulu do not currently offer.

Formula 1 2024 Schedule

The 2024 Formula 1 schedule is one of the most packed ever, with an astounding 24 grand prix events circling the globe. Please note, if you are trying to line up free trials with races, that no two races occur within the same week and that while several months (March, May, June, July, and September) have three events, August is the loneliest month, hosting just the Dutch Grand Prix.

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit March 2
2 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Corniche Circuit March 9
3 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit March 24
4 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit April 7
5 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit April 21
6 Miami Grand Prix Miami International Autodrome May 5
7 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Imola Circuit, Imola May 19
8 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco May 26
9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 9
10 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya June 23
11 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring June 30
12 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit July 7
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 21
14 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps July 28
15 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort August 25
16 Italian Grand Prix Monza Circuit September 1
17 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit September 15
18 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit September 22
19 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas October 20
20 Mexican Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez October 27
21 Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace November 3
22 United States Grand Prix (Vegas) Las Vegas Strip Circuit November 24
23 Qatar Grand Prix Lusail International Circuit December 1
24 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit December 8

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Lucas Coll
Lucas Coll is a freelance commerce and affiliate writer for The Manual and our tech-focused brother site, Digital Trends…
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