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

The Forumla One season is reaching boiling point. Up next is the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. Will Valtteri Bottas ever get the better of Lewis Hamilton? And will Max Verstappen’s run of bad luck ever end? Here’s how to watch the 2020 Russian Grand Prix live stream – from anywhere in the world – online and on TV.

Those in the UK will need to subscribe to Sky to watch the Russian Grand Prix 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). 

So far, Sochi is  shaping up nicely. Valtteri Bottas went fastest while Lewis Hamilton placed a lowly 19th. There was plenty of action out on track: McLaren’s Carlos Sainz crashed, as did Williams driver Nicholas Latifi. Haas’ Romain Grosjean spun on a tricky section of the track.

The Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020 – aka he Russian GP takes place over 53 laps of the 5.848-kilometre Sochi Autodrom on Sunday, 27th September. The practice and qualifying schedule is as follows. All times are in BST.

Friday 25th Sept
9am – First practice
1pm – Second practice

Saturday 26th Sept
10am – Final practice
1pm – Qualifying

Sunday 27th Sept
12.10pm – Russian GP 

Last week, Italy’s unforgiving Mugello circuit wreaked havoc on the field and brought back memories of old-school F1 racing. After a huge crash on the first lap, “dangerous” restarts ruined carefully calculated fuel strategies and confusion reigned – turning the Tuscan Grand Prix into yet another thrilling race.

Ultimately, it was Hamilton who came out on top. Or rather, came out with a top. After claiming his 90th grand prix victory the six-times World Champion peeled back his racing overalls to reveal a t-shirt bearing the words, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”. The FIA has  it will not penalise Hamilton, who was recently named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020 list.

Heading into the Russian Grand Prix, the British driver tops the 2020 drivers’ championship with six wins and 190 points. Valetteri Bottas is second with 135, while Max Verstappen is still stuck on 110, having retired from last Sunday’s race with a power failure.

So what can we expect from Sochi? The big question is, can Hamilton equal Michael Schumacher’s F1 wins record at the Russian Grand Prix? If the Stevenage-born driver wins this Sunday’s he’ll draw level with Schumi’s 91 wins.

“It just doesn’t seem real,” said Hamilton. “Obviously it’s ultimately a privilege to be in a position and have such a great team and a car to be able to deliver weekend in, weekend out.”

With just eight races to go, and a shorter-than-usual season, every point counts at the Russian Grand Prix this Sunday. Here’s how to get the best Russian Grand Prix live stream from Sochi, online, on your mobile or laptop, and on TV…

Russian 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.

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Watch the Russian 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 2020 Russian 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 Russian 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.

Build your Sky Sports package

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 Russian Grand Prix live in 4K

To watch the 2020 Russian Grand Prix 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 Russian Grand Prix live in the USA

Russian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch the 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 to subscribing US fans. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.

You can get instant access to ESPN and some good deals here.

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.

Russian Grand Prix live stream: how to watch the 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:

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