The 2021 F1 Grand Prix racing season is sure to be one of the best yet, with as many live viewing opportunities for Australian audiences as ever. Every practice run, qualifying session and championship race will be televised, including the Bahrain Grand Prix, which is first up on the Formula One calendar.
As the championship chase heats up, Formula One fans are itching to know which Australian networks are televising race weekend action, what time each practice and qualifying session starts, and how they can stream the Bahrain Grand Prix live? The answers to all of these questions and more can be found in this comprehensive F1 viewing guide.
Live F1 2021 TV Coverage
Under the current broadcasting agreement, Australian F1 fans will be able to enjoy live television access to all 23 Grand Prix, and will have the option to watch in 4K Ultra HD if you have a compatible TV. This unprecedented coverage has resulted from what was heralded as “the most extensive motorsport broadcast arrangement to date”, allowing for more F1 coverage on Australian TV screens than has ever been experienced before, and ensuring the success of this popular racing circuit, the teams, and the drivers for the duration of the agreement. Foxtel’s motorsports coverage will extend beyond Formula One and includes broadcasting of the entire Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, as well as the most comprehensive live airing of MotoGP and more. The range of options isn’t just limited to free-to-air, cable or satellite TV – it also includes internet connected platforms and mobile streaming services.
Channel Ten: The Free to Air network is expected to show highlights of all 23 featured races of the 2021 F1 World Championship, excluding the Australian GP, which they will broadcast live in November. Network Ten reduced their F1 coverage recently, and there’s been no formal announcement on a renewal. As such, with the exception of the Australian Grand Prix, the remaining races will be televised as one-hour highlights on Monday evenings, well after the race is over, on either Channel Ten or the TenPlay streaming app.
Fox Sports: Fox Sports, with a variety of delivery options for Australian audiences courtesy of Foxtel and Kayo, enters the fourth year of a five year agreement to provide live broadcasts of all 23 of this year’s F1 races. This includes their online platform Foxtel Now, and the recently launched streaming service Kayo Sports. Last season the Fox Sports 506 channel was the true “home of motorsport in Australia”, and that doesn’t change here in 2021. As seen in the TV schedule below, Foxtel and Kayo Sports will televise all 23 F1 Grand Prix weekends LIVE, with every championship race available in HD and delivered ad-break free. This means that starting with the curtain-raiser in Australia, to the finale in Abu Dhabi, every practice, qualifying session and championship race will be shown live, with the option to watch on a variety of mobile devices.
When: Friday 26th – Sunday 28st March (Sydney time)
Where: Sakhir, Bahrain
Bahrain GP Live TV (Sydney time):
|Bahrain GP Practice #1||Friday 26th March||LIVE: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Bahrain GP Practice #2||Friday 26th March||LIVE: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Bahrain GP Practice #3||Saturday 27th March||LIVE: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Bahrain GP Qualifying||Saturday 27th March||LIVE: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Bahrain GP Full Race||Sunday 28th March||LIVE: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Bahrain GP Race Replay||Monday 29th March||Replay: TBC||Fox Sports / Kayo|
Watch F1 Live Online
Each and every Formula One weekend will be broadcast on Fox Sports of Australia (Kayo/Foxtel), where it will be available to watch live online with Foxtel Now and a compatible device. Foxtel Now is also currently offering a 10 day free trial for new subscribers so that you can check out all of its content, and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
Formula 1 is available as part of the Foxtel Now Sport pack, which gives you instant access to over 50 Sports shown Live and on demand. Foxtel Now can be accessed using an eligible browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and a variety of internet connected devices.
Stream Formula One Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a FREE 14 day free trial with no lock-in contract and will televise this same Formula One action LIVE via the Fox Sports channel. With the Kayo trial you can stream F1 racing free to a variety of eligible mobile devices, and using their popular live RaceView feature you can watch key moments from inside the car with the driver (Co-Pilot View), as well as above the track (Heli-View).
So while you can watch the F1 Grand Prix Free to Air live just once here in 2021, Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will broadcast all 23 exciting weekends Live and in HD. This includes every practice, qualifying race and featured pit lane access, with the Grand Prix televised ad-break free and in HD. Foxtel and Kayo also have the most extensive live coverage of the V8 Supercars championship as well as every MotoGP racing weekend plus more.
2021 F1 Live TV Schedule
Channel Ten, the official free-to-air Formula 1 TV network for Australia, will be broadcasting highlights of every race after each event is complete. The only live race they can broadcast each season is the Australian GP, which will take place in November 2021. As such, the below TV listing is the most current for the 2021 Formula One season, but if any changes to this schedule are announced they will be included here.
|26-28 March||Bahrain GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|16-18 April||Imola GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|30 April – 2 May||Portugal GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|7-9 May||Spanish GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|21-23 May||Monaco GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|4-6 June||Azerbaijan GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|11-13 June||Canadian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|25-27 June||French GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|2-4 July||Austrian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|16-18 July||British GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|30 July – 1 August||Hungarian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|27-29 August||Belgian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|3-5 September||Dutch GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|10-12 September||Italian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|24-26 September||Russian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|1-3 October||Singapore GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|8-10 October||Japanese GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|22-24 October||USA GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|29-31 October||Mexico GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|12-14 November||Brazilian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|19-21 November||Australian GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|26-28 November||Saudi Arabia GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
|3-5 December||Abu Dhabi GP||Foxtel / Kayo|
Australia Regional TV Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time the next F1 action will broadcast on TV (Foxtel/Telstra) where you live, or available to mobile stream (Kayo/Foxtel Now/Foxtel Go) to your location. For example, if qualifying starts at 8.00pm in Melbourne, it will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 6.00pm in Perth, based on their time differences.
Sydney, NSW: 11.05pm
Brisbane, QLD: 11.05pm
Melbourne, VIC: 11.05pm
Hobart, TAS: 11.05pm
Canberra, ACT: 11.05pm
Adelaide, SA: 10.35pm
Darwin, NT: 10.35
Perth, WA: 9.05pm
How to Stream Formula One in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the F1 Championship? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Stream F1 on Apple TV
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
Stream F1 with Google Chromecast
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Stream F1 with a Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming Formula One and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to the Foxtel Now Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
Watch Formula One in Ultra 4K HD
This year the key coverage of all twenty-one F1 racing weekends will be available on Foxtel’s newest offering, the 4K channel. This Ultra 4K HD live F1 coverage will enable viewers to feel more immersed in the action, with the colours, sounds and intensity of Formula One being broadcast with incredible clarity straight to your living room. You’ll be able to see the intensity of every driver, sense the drama of every turn, and hear the acceleration of the engines so clearly, you’ll feel as though you’re there.
Each featured Grand Prix will be shown live in 4K, while a number of practice and qualifying sessions will also be available live on Ultra HD Channel 444. In addition to offering the most complete Formula One coverage, Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) is home to other great motorsport action including live broadcasts of the V8 Supercars, AMA Supercross and every MotoGP Championship racing weekend!
Popular F1 TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more Formula One action to keep you up to date during the 2021 season? Enjoy these regularly scheduled programs that take place just before, during and after each featured Grand Prix racing weekend, and will be televised on Kayo sports, Foxtel and Network Ten. The list includes ‘Welcome to the Weekend’, ‘The Paddock’ as well as the 10Bold highlights show. Take a look below for all the details on where to find the best in off-track action on Australian TV.
|Welcome to the Weekend||Take a look at the upcoming weekend of Formula One action direct from the event’s location.||FOX Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)|
|Story So Far||This show takes you inside the latest Grand Prix, reporting on the story so far following the practices in the lead up to the big race.||FOX Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)|
|The F1 Show||Get the behind the scenes stories of the current Grand Prix with the F1 Show, which captures the diverse range of personalities that exist in the sport.||FOX Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)|
|The Paddock||Immediately following each and every Grand Prix, get all the reactions live and exclusive from the Formula 1 paddock.||FOX Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)|
|F1 TV Replay Show||Relive the excitement of the recently concluded Grand Prix with this action-filled hour of highlights, which takes place on Mondays at 10:30pm (Sydney time) following each event.||10Bold|