Are you revving your engine for this year's Formula One season? Then you’ll be wanting to know how you can watch every race on TV and online...
Who shows Formula One on TV?
Since 2012, every Formula One race, qualifying session and practice session has been shown live on Sky Sports F1, Sky's dedicated Formula One channel. It also provides in-depth analysis, with former Formula One driver Martin Brundle leading a team of commentators and pundits including David 'Crofty' Croft and Ted Kravitz.
A smaller number of races - 10 to be precise - will also be shown on Channel 4. That may be a surprise if you’re used to watching on the Beeb. Prior to the 2016 season, you could watch select meetings on BBC 1, but - under intense pressure to cut costs - the broadcaster decided to abandon TV coverage (though you can still listen to races on 5 Live Sports Extra).
Instead, terrestrial F1 coverage has been picked up by Channel 4. Yes, that means there’s now adverts (boo!) but at least you can still watch parts of the season for free (yay!). There are some key races on the channel too, including the British Grand Prix, and the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. It will also show highlights for every event.
Is there Formula One on BT Sport?
Nope. But if motorsport in general is your thing, BT Sport shows live MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto 3 races, warm ups and practice sessions and live coverage of all 26 stages of the FIA World Rally Championship. It also covers NASCAR, the IndyCar Series, Formula E, V8 Supercars, the World Series by Renault and more.
How do you get Sky Sports F1?
Sky Sports F1 is included in the Sky Sports package, which comprises eight channels - Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Premier League, and Sky Sports Main Event. Naturally, you can get this from Sky (www.sky.com) directly. If you want just Sky Sports F1 and no other sports channels, it'll cost £18 a month (or £10 if you have Sky Cinema). For the whole bunch, however, it's £27.50 a month. It rolls monthly, so you can change what you subscribe to every month if you like - so you're free to only pay for Sky Sports F1 during the season.
You can also get Sky Sports F1 with TalkTalk TV (www.TalkTalk.co.uk). It’s included in the Sky Sports Boost (TalkTalk terminology for an add-on), which also contains all the other Sky Sports channels too. It costs £34 extra a month, but as boosts roll monthly, you can cancel it at any time with no exit fees.
You can add Sky Sports F1 - along with Sky Sports Action, Arena, Cricket, Football, Golf, Premier League, and Main Event - to any Virgin Media TV (www.virginmedia.com) package for an extra £31.75 a month.
Can you watch Formula One without Sky TV?
Indeed you can. Obviously you can watch 10 races on Channel 4. You can watch the other half by getting Sky Sports F1 on a pay-as-you-go basis through NOW Broadband, which you can get online, on your phone or tablet, on a PlayStation or Xbox console, with a NOW Broadband Box or on YouView. A Sky Sports Day Pass, which gets all seven Sky Sports Channels for 24 hours, costs £6.99. A Sky Sports Week Pass costs £10.99, and a month pass is £33.99
Or, if you don't mind only being able to watch the races on your phone, you can get all seven Sky Sports channels plus Sky News on iPhones and newer Android phones for £9.99 a month by downloading the Sky Sports Mobile TV app. We'd recommend a mobile plan with a high data allowance if you want to watch on the go, however - see unlimited data deals here.