Formula 1 is one of the world's most popular sports, with an average of 87.4 million people tuning in for race action in 2020. The highest numbers were hit at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with 103.7m viewers catching Lewis Hamilton cross the line ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. With a cumulative audience of 1.5 billion viewers, it's safe to say that F1 continues to thrive in the global market.
F1 is on TV all around the world and big broadcasters like Sky Sports, TSN, Movistar are just some of the places you can watch. Want to find out more? Here's where you can get all the F1 action you need during the 2021 season.
How to watch F1 races in 2021
The 2021 Formula 1 season will begin on March 28 with 10 teams and 20 drivers scheduled to take the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first of 23 events. We're here to tell you where you can catch all the action this season.
Watch Formula 1 live in the United Kingdom
Viewers in the United Kingdom can follow the entire race weekend on Sky Sports F1 with the added benefit of no commercials, meaning they won't miss a second when it comes to following the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell. David Croft commentates with Martin Brundle, though Paul di Resta steps in for the latter from time to time.
Simon Lazenby hosts the coverage and is joined by the likes of Damon Hill, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button while names like Karun Chandhok and Ted Kravitz join from the pits. Natalie Pinkham, Rachel Brookes and Ted Slater take care of interviews.
In addition, the British Grand Prix can be watched on Channel 4 for free, with highlights from the rest of the races appearing on the network a few hours after the chequered flag has been raised.
Watch Formula 1 live in the USA
In the USA, ESPN is the place to go with the races often being shown on ESPN 2. Meanwhile the Canadian, United States and Mexican Grand Prix are all show on ABC. The broadcast uses coverage from the Sky Sports F1 feed in the UK, meaning Croft and Brundle can be heard on commentary.
Watch Formula 1 live in Canada
If you are in Canada you can watch all the races on TSN and RDS which uses the Sky Sports F1 feed from the UK, meaning the likes of Croft and Brundle are once again front and centre, along with the rest of the Sky crew. TSN's lead F1 reporter is Tim Hauraney, while RDS broadcasts in Quebec feature Pierre Houde and Bertrand Houle as lead commentators for races in the home country of Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.
Watch Formula 1 live in Australia
All the practice and qualifying sessions can be watched on Network Ten and Fox Sports. However, a subscription is needed to Fox Sports in order to watch the races. Network Ten provides highlights of the race on a delay, but does offer complete coverage of the Australian Grand Prix.
Like other countries, fans of Daniel Ricciardo get their coverage from the Sky Sports F1 feed on Fox Sports.
Watch Formula 1 live in South Africa
Formula 1 fans in South Africa can get their coverage on SuperSport, who have an agreement to broadcast F1 until 2022.
F1 TV pro also remains an alternative to watch all the sessions live in the country.
Watch Formula 1 live in India
Fans in India can watch on Hotstar and Star Sports Select, Hotstar charge an annual fee of approximately £10 for an annual subscription while the rates for the television coverage fluctuate based on the service provider and packages they provide.
The commentators for the race are the tried and trusted Sky duo of David Croft and Ted Kravitz, with Karun Chandhok and Martin Brundle also offering their insights.
The coverage in India is licensed by Fox Sports like several other countries in the region with all the races and qualifying sessions being broadcast live, most of the practice sessions can also be viewed provided there isn't a clash with any other important sporting events, though all the sessions can be watched on Star's streaming service Hotstar.
Watch Formula 1 live in the Netherlands
Max Verstappen fans can get their coverage through Ziggo, with Olav Mol on the call for each race with Jack Plooji reporting from the pitlane.
Watch Formula 1 live in Germany
Viewers in Germany can get all their coverage with a subscription to Sky Deutschland, with four free-to-air races being shown on the News channel. RTL also offers coverage of the race and qualifying, but practice sessions are unavailable outside of free practice three which is shown in highlight form.
Watch Formula 1 live in Spain
Fans of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz can watch their favourite drivers on DAZN and Movistar, both of which offer coverage via a pay service. Movistar coverage sees Antonio Lobato as the main commentator and he's joined by Pedro de La Rosa and Toni Cuquerella, while Jacobo Vega and Cristobal Rosaleny join in for Friday practice.
Watch Formula 1 live in Italy
Sky Sport Italia gives Ferrari fans wall to wall coverage of every race. Commentated by Carlo Vanzini, while former F1 drivers Marc Gene and Jacques Villeneuve join the coverage with Robert Chinchero. Federica Masolin hosts while Mara Sangiorgio reports from the paddock and Davide Valsecchi reports from the pit lane.
Where to watch the 2021 F1 season
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports F1 , Channel 4|
|USA||ESPN/ ESPN2, ABC|
|Australia||Fox Sports, Network Ten|
|India||Hotstar, Star Sports Select|
|Germany||Sky Deutschland, RTL|
|Italy||Sky Sport Italia|
F1 TV Pro
F1's own streaming service F1 TV Pro is a digital streaming platform that helps you get inside the pit lane while accessing real-time statistics and timing, along with historical content.
Users can live stream every track session for every one of the Grand Prix, along with access to all the onboard cameras and team radios for your favourite drivers. In addition to Formula 1 content, you can also get F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup content as well.
While availability depends on your location, subscriptions cost $9.99 a month and $79.99 a year. Signing up is as simple as heading to the official website and clicking on the subscribe button. After selecting your plan and entering some details, you will be on your way!