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How to get the Grand Prix on your TV

Are you in pole position and revving your engine for this Formula One season, after Lewis Hamilton won his third world title last time around? 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’s 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.

What Formula One races are on Sky TV?

Formula One races live on Sky TV in 2016

Date

Race

20 March 2016

Australian Grand Prix

3 April 2016

Bahrain Grand Prix

17 April 2016

Chinese Grand Prix

1 May 2016

Russian Grand Prix

15 May 2016

Spanish Grand Prix

29 May 2016

Monaco Grand Prix

12 June 2016

Canadian Grand Prix

19 June 2016

European Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)

3 July 2016

Austrian Grand Prix

10 July 2016

British Grand Prix

24 July 2016

Hungarian Grand Prix

31 July 2016

German Grand Prix

28 August 2016

Belgian Grand Prix

4 September 2016

Italian Grand Prix

18 September 2016

Singapore Grand Prix

2 October 2016

Malaysia Grand Prix

9 October 2016

Japanese Grand Prix

23 October 2016

United States Grand Prix

30 October 2016

Mexican Grand Prix

13 November 2016

Brazilian Grand Prix

27 November 2016

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

What Formula One races are on BBC TV?

Formula One races live on Channel 4 in 2016

Date

Race

3 April 2016

Bahrain Grand Prix

15 May 2016

Spanish Grand Prix

19 June 2016

European Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)

10 July 2016

British Grand Prix

24 July 2016

Hungarian Grand Prix

28 August 2016

Belgian Grand Prix

4 September 2016

Italian Grand Prix

2 October 2016

Malaysia Grand Prix

30 October 2016

Mexican Grand Prix

27 November 2016

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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.

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How do you get Sky Sports F1?

Sky Sports F1 is included in the Sky Sports package, which comprises seven channels - Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News HQ. Naturally, you can get this from Sky (www.sky.com) directly - either as part of the Sky Sports bundle, or as a £25.50 upgrade to any other bundle.

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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 Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 5. You only get Sky Sports News HQ with the Plus TV package. It costs £30 extra a month, but as boosts roll monthly, you can cancel it at any time with no exit fees.

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You can add Sky Sports F1 - along with Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 5 - to any Virgin Media TV (www.virginmedia.com) package for an extra £29.25 a month, and in HD for another £7 a month.

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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 TV, which you can get online, on your phone or tablet, on a PlayStation or Xbox console, with a NOW TV 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.

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.

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