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How to watch F1 2019: where to stream the Australian Grand Prix live

Published: 14 March 2019

► Dates and times for the 2019 season-opener
► And how to watch it
► Read our guide to F1 2019, too

The 2019 Formula One season is just days away. The season kicks off this weekend with the Australian GP, and in this article we'll show how and where to watch it. We've seen the new 2019 cars testing, and lap times set in testing suggest that the Ferrari is faster than Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. That can only be a good thing for the spectacle.

Throw in an even tighter midfield and new rules which means the advantage should to-and-fro across the season – and we're in for an absolute scorcher. And one extra thing to consider, Liberty has revealed that the top ten drivers will be able to get a point for fastest lap of the race. An ill-conceived, last-minute afterthought? Very possibly, but that's an article for another time. 

How to watch the 2019 Australian Grand Prix in the UK

We'll cut to the chase, if you want to watch any of the Formula One live in the UK this year, you'll have to choose between Sky – or Sky in the form of NowTV. Last year, Channel 4 was able to show a handful of races on free-to-air TV, but this year it's just the one; the British Grand Prix. Perhaps they're filming it over the fence? 

It's a poor state of affairs for a sport that's allegedly trying to increase its viewership, but it's the situation we have at the moment. This article is designed to get you through the mire as cheaply and easily as possible – because with new rules, and what looks like an evenly matched top three teams, it's going to be very good year. 

Key dates: when is the 2019 Australian Grand Prix?

Date  Time (UK) Session
March 15 01:00 Practice 1
March 15 05:00 Practice 2
March 16 03:00 Practice 3
March 16 06:00 Qualifying 
March 17 05:10 Race

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Watch with NowTV

Right now, NowTV is offering a season ticket that lets you watch every race live for £195 up-front. That seems steep, but it works out to just £5 a race, and means you don't have to pay extra for other sports you may not be interesting in watching. Of course, you can pay and watch as you go instead. 

If you only want to watch a few races this year,  NowTV might still be the solution for you. Although it’s not as good 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 week 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 – it's only in 720p. 

Do do any of the other above 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 full-fat, 4K experience with Sky Q

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