The Formula One World Championship season is fully underway, with 22 confirmed events on the 2020 calendar, including the Grand Prix in Melbourne, next-up from 13-15 March (Sydney time).
The Formula One championship is a nine-month celebration of the greatest motor-racing season in the world, with each Grand Prix an opportunity for the drivers to showcase their cars and skills under different conditions. You won’t miss a minute when watching it live on your TV at home, or streaming to a mobile device using the options listed below.
2020 Melbourne Grand Prix TV Guide
A symbol of excellence, the FIA Formula One World Championship travels five continents and draws a global television audience in the hundreds of millions, and this next stop on the circuit is certainly a big part of the success. The 2020 Melbourne Grand Prix will be hosted at the Albert Park Circuit, and is the first fixture on this year’s F1 calendar.
The Grand Prix in Australia was first held in 1928, and has since then been held on 84 occasions. The second oldest motor race still running in Australia, it has been held at various locations around the country, only settling at Albert Park – where it has been held every year since – in 1996. A domestic event until 1984, the Australian Grand Prix has become a truly global event in recent decades, and a local hasn’t won it since Alan Jones in 1980. Since it became a part of the Formula One World Championship, Michael Schumacher has been the most successful driver at the event, winning it on four occasions – all of which came between 2000 and 2004.
When: Friday 13 March – Saturday 15 March (Sydney time)
Where: Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Entering 2020 Lewis Hamilton is the defending Driver’s Champion and will be looking for a fourth consecutive title this year. Among the major changes to the 2020 F1 season are a number of alterations to the calendar which will attempt to make the competition more accessible to fans – the Dutch Grand Prix has been moved to Zandvoort, while the Vietnamese Grand Prix has been added to a calendar which will include one more race than it did last year.
Grand Prix in Melbourne Track Fixtures
Circuit length: 5.303 km (3.30 mi)
Race length: 307.574 km (191.12 mi)
Number of turns: 16
Number of laps: 58
Melbourne GP LIVE on Australian TV (Sydney time)
|Practice 1 Live||Friday 13 March||12.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / 10 Bold|
|Practice 2 Live||Friday 13 March||4.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / 10 Bold|
|Practice 3 Live||Saturday 14 March||2.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Pit Lane Live||Saturday 14 March||4.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Qualifying Live||Saturday 14 March||5.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Pit Lane Live||Sunday 15 March||2.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Grand Prix Live||Sunday 15 March||4.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
TV Fixtures shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. As seen below, full F1 Grand Prix replays are available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports following the featured race. Due to broadcasting agreement, there currently is no Melbourne Grand Prix Free to Air provider in Australia.
Grand Prix Replays (Sydney time):
|TBC||TBC||Foxtel / Kayo|
Watch Formula One Live Online
All 22 featured weekends on the F1 calendar will be broadcast in Australia on Fox Sports, which is available to watch on the Kayo Sports streaming service, as well as Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and online with Foxtel Now. This includes every qualifying and practice session shown live, with the Grand Prix ad-break free to enhance your viewing.
Stream the Melbourne Grand Prix Free
One of the newer options is Kayo Sports, which currently have a 14 day free trial and will televise this Formula One action LIVE via the exact same Fox Sports feed. With Kayo you can stream the Melbourne Grand Prix live using eligible mobile devices, and by enabling SplitView you can watch up to four events at the same time, so you can enjoy the wide range of sport found in the Kayo TV guide.
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F1 TV Options in Australia
Next up on the Formula One calendar is the 2020 Melbourne Grand Prix (13-15 March), with every session shown live and exclusive via Fox Sports 506 (Foxtel/Kayo). Foxtel and Kayo Sports also have the most extensive live TV coverage of the Supercars championship, as well as each and every weekend of the entire 2020 MotoGP racing season.
Melbourne Grand Prix Broadcast Guide
The Melbourne Grand Prix offers a unique viewing experience, whether streaming the action live to your mobile phone, watching at home on a large screen, or online using your personal computer. Here’s just a few of the reasons this year’s Grand Prix will be one of the most watched television events on the 2020 sporting calendar.
– As the first event of the season, fans will be eager to see who will put their hand up to challenge for the 2020 Drivers Championship.
– Lewis Hamilton will begin his quest for a fourth consecutive Drivers Championship and a sixth in seven years, which would see him tie with Schumacher for the most Championships in the tournament’s history.
– The Australian Grand Prix is the only Formula One event to take place on Aussie soil all year.
– The Albert Park Circuit is unique in that it takes place on the streets of Melbourne, rather than a racetrack.
How to Watch the Melbourne Grand Prix Online
Australian streaming services Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now work with a wide variety of devices that will enable you to watch Formula One online, including Telstra TV, Chrome browsers on both PCs and Macs, and iOS or Android mobile devices (which also let you connect Chromecast to your TV if you have the capability) and more:
|F1 Streaming Device List||User Guide|
|PC/Mac||Yes, web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes, via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum).|
|Google Chromecast||Yes, the Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p.|
|Telstra TV||Yes, Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p.|
|Android TV||Yes, via app for version 7.0 and up.|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes, 2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Apps in development – coming soon|
|Apple TV||Yes, 4th Generation and higher|
Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fox Sports via Foxtel and the newly launched Kayo Sports will mobile stream the Grand Prix live, in addition to offering big screen viewers the ultimate at-home entertainment experience of watching the main race ad-break free and in High Definition TV, so you won’t miss a key minute or angle. This includes every qualifying race and formal practice run, and extends to all 22 Formula One championship events starting with Melbourne in March, right through Abu Dhabi in November. The viewing experience will include greater exposure to the drivers, teams and vehicles, as well as captivating camera angles and the most qualified commentary group in Australia.
Channel 10 (Free To Air)
Channel Ten will continue to show all twenty-one rounds of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship on free to air TV, but only one of the featured races will be telecast live, and the Grand Prix in Australia was that lone event. This means that for the remainder of the F1 season Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) are the exclusive Australian television source for the 2020 calendar year. The races that are not live on Free to Air, will instead be shown as one hour highlights at 10.30pm (Sydney time) on the Monday night after the event.