How to watch F1 2020 in the UK: where to stream the Austrian Grand Prix live

Published: 03 July 2020

► Dates and times for the Austrian F1 race
► And how to watch it
► Read our guide to F1 2020, too

The long wait for the 2020 F1 World Championship is over – postponed for months by a global pandemic, and following a shorter programme than normal, with eight races to contest the final result. A far cry from the 22 weekends planned as part of the sport’s 70th anniversary.

How the delay and distruption will affect drivers and teams is yet to be realised, with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes once again hoping to defend both the driver’s and constructor’s trophies from 2019, with both aiming to collect a seventh win.

They’ll have to see off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen though – the Dutch driver has won here two years on the bounce – while newcomer Nicholas Latifi and returnee Esteban Ocon will be keen to make an early impression on this most unusual of seasons.

How to watch the 2020 Austrian GP 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 has previously shown a handful of races on free-to-air TV, but this year it’s just the two opening events.

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.

What time is the 2020 Austrian GP?

Date  Time (UK) Session
July 3 10:00 Practice 1
July 3 14:00 Practice 2
July 4 11:00 Practice 3
July 4 14:00 Qualifying 
July 5 14:10 Race

How to stream the Formula One 2020 championship in the UK

Watch with NowTV

Unlike previous years there’s no F1 season ticket for 2020 – and those of you who bought one in advance will have been refunded. Your option now is to pay for a full Sports Pass (this includes all 11 Sky Sports channels) for £33.99 a month, or £9.99 for 24 hours.

The only issue? It doesn’t have the pinsharp 4K quality you’d get from full-fat Sky – it’s only in 720p. 

How to watch the 2020 Austrian race

To 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.

There’s an offer on at the moment for a Sky Q 1TB box, setting you back £35 a month over an 18-month contract. This gets you a basic channel package plus Sky Sports HD, with an installation fee of £20 instead of the usual £199.

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