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How to watch the 2018 German Grand Prix 2018: where to live stream it online

Published: Yesterday 16:57

►  Dates and times for 2018 German Grand Prix
►  The best methods to stream online or watch on TV
►  From free streaming, to high-quality 4K content

Another double bill of races following F1’s first ever triple-header completes a gruelling run of races for the class of 2018 – after which the well-earned summer break awaits. First though they need to get through the German GP – back at Hockenheim after a hiatus last year.

The home crowd will inevitably be behind Sebastian Vettel, who’s on top form with an eight-point lead at the top of the driver’s championship, but it’s Hamilton with the most to prove. A win in his rival’s back garden would transfer momentum to the Brit. Expect the downforce-rich Red Bull cars to perform well on the Hockenheimring’s faster turns, though.

Either way, this is going to be another stunning race, and you’ll want to watch it. On this page we’ll show you how to live stream the 2018 German Grand Prix online, on your smartphone, tablet, TV and even laptop.


When is the German Grand Prix on this Sunday (Times in UK BST)

But before we get into how to watch the German GP, it’s worth knowing when it’s actually on in the UK. Given Germany’s proximity to the UK you can expect reasonable start times for practice, qualifying and the race itself.

Saturday July 21

Practice Three 11:00
Qualifying 14:00

Sunday 22 July

Canadian GP Race 14:10

How to watch or stream the German Grand Prix

Watch it for free on Channel 4

Sky may have snapped up the rights to every single race this year, but Channel 4 is showing selected races and highlights this year. That means you can catch the best bits of qualifying and the race on Saturday and Sunday night, on Channel 4 or in HD at Channel 4 HD on your TV. Just like Sky and NowTV, Channel 4 has an app for Android and iOS called All 4, and also lets you stream via a browser – so you can watch the race from anywhere.


Pay as you go with NowTV

If you only want to watch a few races this year, NowTV might still be the solution for you. Although it’s not great value in the long run, it’s perfect for catching all the flagship events, such as Monaco, or Spa and Abu Dhabi live. NowTV does a 24-hour pass that’ll let you watch just each race in full for £7.99, but if you’d prefer to catch all the qualifying and practice sessions too, a three-day pass will set you back £12.99. The only issue? It doesn't have the pinsharp 4K quality you’d get from full-fat Sky.

If you want to watch the race on your TV, you'll need NowTV box or compatible device, but the app is now available on most Smart TVs and game consoles too – so chances are you won’t have to buy a box to receive it. If you do, they aren’t that expensive, anyway. And if you want to stream the race on your phone, tablet or laptop, follow the links below. 

Get the 4K experience on Sky

Like last year, in the UK at least, Sky has the rights to broadcast every single practice session, qualifying session and race – live in the UK. It’s pretty comprehensive coverage if you can afford it, but to get Sky F1, you’ll need to subscribe to a basic package at least. The one you'll want though is the one with a Sky Q 2TB box. For a hefty £40 a month over an 18-month contract, you get Sky's Entertainment pack along with the Sky Sports Complete pack.

Throw in an installation fee of £199, and you're looking at a total cost of just over £900 to see Vettel and Hamilton battle it out – plus the ability to watch lots of other channels, of course. However, if you're after F1 in Ultra HD, immersive VR experiences and every single session live – you're going to have to pay for lots of other stuff, too. 

It’s the easiest way to watch F1 this year, and the only way to watch it in 4K – but you certainly need to love F1 to splash this amount of cash, You'll also want a compatible 4K TV to get the most out of it. 

If you're not near your TV or Sky box, the SkyGo app means you can watch on a tablet or smartphone too – and it's also possible to stream online by going directly to the website. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast