Belgian Grand Prix qualifying live stream: how to watch the Formula One in 4K

Formula One is back with the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, which takes places over 44 laps of the 7.004km Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. Revved up and ready to watch the F1 in HD and 4K? You’ll find a handy guide on how to watch a 2020 Belgian Grand Prix live stream – from anywhere in the world – below.

Those in the UK will need to subscribe to Sky to watch live. F1 fans in the US can stream every race live for just $79.99 per year via F1 TV Pro (don’t forget, you’ll need a VPN to access your account when outside of the US). 

The Belgian Grand Prix is the seventh race in this year’s F1 calendar. The race is scheduled for 2.10pm BST on Sunday with qualifying is due to begin at 2pm on Saturday. Practice took place on Friday with Max Verstappen fastest in his Red Bull car in the second second session and Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault also ahead of the Mercedes drivers with Lewis Hamilton third.

The big news head of Spa is that Formula 1 has announced the final races of the 2020 season. F1 fans will be treated to four Grands Prix in three countries: Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. That will bring the total number of races in this year’s calendar to just 17 (there were 21 last year).

The Turkish Grand Prix on the 15th November marks a return for the Istanbul Park track for the first time in nine years. Bahrain hosts two races on 29th November and 6th December before the season concludes at Abu Dhabi’s breathtaking Yas Marina track on 13th December. Still, the way things are going, Lewis Hamilton will have secured the driver’s title long before the F1 circus reaches the Emirates…

Last time out, Hamilton extended his lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with a magnificent win in Spain. The Brit is now sitting pretty at the top of the driver’s table with 132 points. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is second with 95 points and Bottas has slipped to third with 89 points.  

Will Hamilton secure victory at Spa, one of the most challenging and unforgiving circuits in the world? Can he keep the throttle pinned through Eau Rouge? Of course he can – but so can the Red Bulls and the Racing Points, who are looking more and more competitive as the season progresses.

And let’s not underestimate Charles Leclerc: the young Ferrari driver has, somehow, managed to drag a dog-of-a-car up to the front. With a shorter season, and just 11 races to go, every point counts at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

Read on if you want to get your stream on and tune into the Belgian Grand Prix, here’s how you do it in 4K…

Belgian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch the Formula One in 4K

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Formula One F1 TV Pro season pass

Formula 1 itself offers an on-demand and live streaming service to race fans everywhere. Exactly what you get depends on what country you’re in, so it may be a case of making sure you’re signed up to a VPN if you’re away from home.

Those in the US, for example, can sign up to a $79.99 F1 TV Pro season pass with live streams of every track session for all Grands Prix, access to all driver onboard cameras and team radios and live streams of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup races.

There’s also on-demand access to full race replays and highlights, the F1 onboard cameras, all F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup replays and F1’s historic race archive too – an excellent package for petrol heads.

Belgian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch the Formula One in 4K

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Watch Belgian Grand Prix anywhere in the world using a VPN

We’ll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based F1 fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription you’re still not going to be able to watch the Grand Prix from another country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

There are certain territories where some or all of the races are free to air – so if you’re away in Albania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Russia, Slovenia, USA, the Middle East or North Africa, you may just need to tune in on your hotel TV or find a local bar. You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live Formula 1 here.

Anywhere else and you might want to get yourself a VPN instead. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

Watch the Belgian Grand Prix live in the UK

Sky is the only place for UK viewers to watch the Formula One racing, practice and qualifying sessions all live in 4K resolution, on the company’s Ultra HD service. You’ll need to receive the Sky Sports F1 channel to enjoy all the coverage.

That comes bundled in with all the other sports channels as part of the £18 per month Sky Sports pack or you can get Sky Sports F1 on its own for £10 per month but on a rolling contract.

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If that all sounds a bit much, then anyone can enjoy the F1 using Sky’s pay-per-view platform, Now TV. Now TV is available on all good smart TVs and set-top-boxes You can choose between a day, week or month-long pass and it’s worth keeping an eye on just how many races each one might scoop up at any one time in the F1 calendar.

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The Sky Sports F1 HD channel is also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It’s £65 per month but it comes with all the other Sky Sports channels and all the BT Sports ones too, including BT Sports Ultra HD. All of that brings access to just about every televised sports action you’d care to mention including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.

If you’re already a Virgin Media TV subscriber, then it may be a case of upping your package by just a few pounds per month.

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It’s not all a dead loss without Sky in the UK. Channel 4 has the rights to show the highlights. The free-to-air channel will broadcast qualifying highlights at 6.30pm on Saturday and race highlights at 6.30pm on Sunday. 

Watch the Belgian Grand Prix live in 4K

To watch in Ultra HD, you’ll need a Sky Q set-top-box and a package with Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. That starts at £49 per month, with a one off payment of £20 if you’re not already a Sky subscriber. It’s a fair whack but it’s the only way to watch the F1 live and in 4K.

Watch the Belgian Grand Prix live in the USA

Belgian Grand Prix live stream: watch Formula One in 4K

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For complete, all-season access to F1, Americans will need to sign up to the EPSN paid channels or Univision for the Spanish language coverage.

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session from Spa to subscribing US fans. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.

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Live streaming is available via the ESPN App, which is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku. You’ll need to sign up to ESPN first, though.

Belgian Grand Prix live stream: watch Formula One in 4K

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Live 2020 Formula One race calendar

The Formula One season usually runs from March to December 2020 with 22 races but that’s all changed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Below you’ll find the dates for each of the Grand Prix on the 2020 Formula One calendar so far:

30th Aug – Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

6th Sept – Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia, Monza, Italy

13th Sept – Toscana Grand Prix, Mugello Circuit, Italy

27th Sept – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi, Russia

11th Oct – Eifel Grand Prix, Nuerburgring, Nuerburg, Germany

25th Oct – Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao, Portugal

1st Nov – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy

15th Nov – Turkey Grand Prix, Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey

29th Nov – Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain IC, Sakhir, Bahrain

6th Dec – Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain IC, Sakhir, Bahrain

13th Dec – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi