How to watch F1 2019 in the UK: where to stream the Spanish Grand Prix live

Published: 09 May 2019

► Dates and times for the Barcelona F1 race
► And how to watch it
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This weekend the teams return to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix, just a few months after they were there for pre-season testing. Before the season, testing times suggested that Ferrari would be the dominant force, but its Mercedes that has won the last four races – not the Scuderia. With that in mind, Ferrari will be looking to turn the tide this weekend, on a track they – in theory – have a pace advantage. But it’s never that simple, is it?

How to watch the 2019 Spanish 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 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. 

What time is the 2019 Spanish GP?

Date  Time (UK) Session
May 10 10:00 Practice 1
May 10 14:00 Practice 2
May 11 11:00 Practice 3
May 12 14:00 Qualifying 
April 28 14:10 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. 

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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