The 2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix season is upon us. The season started on Sunday 16th March in Australia and promised to be full of action pack thrills and spills. After Sebastian Vettel took glory in 2013 it will be a close call this season with chances for anyone to take pole position.
Many of you will be wondering if you can watch the races live online as it might not be shown on TV near you. Luckily for you it is possible. There are a few TV networks around the world showing some or all of the races which include the BBC in the UK, Ten in Australia, Orf in Austria, RTL in Germany, SRF in Switzerland and Atres in Spain.
The BBC aren’t showing all races but are showing at least half of them. The problem is these online TV streaming services restrict the viewing to residents of the country that the network is broadcast in. For example the BBC only allows viewers in the UK to watch and Ten only allows Australian viewers. So if you’re outside the countries of the TV service read on for our simple method of watching.
There is a clever and easy way (so easy you can see how in our video at the end of this guide) of appearing as if you’re in those countries with the help of a VPN. You may not of heard of one before and probably because in the past they were mainly reserved for business use, they originally allowed workers to access their desktop and files they needed while out on the road all in an encrypted environment.
Fast forward a few years and revelations about government spying has increased the up take of VPN usage amongst normal every day people to encrypt their private web usage. One of the features that this brings with it is the ability to mask your location for privacy reasons. For example, if you’re in the USA and connect to a VPN server in the UK then you take on the appearance as if you’re in the UK. When you want to watch Formula 1 online on the BBC site it sees that you’re in the UK via your VPN connection (even though you’re not physically) and streams the live races to you without issue.
It probably sounds too good to be true but in reality it isn’t, the fact that you can access websites like the BBC and Ten is because of the privacy features of a VPN service. The one negative is a reliable and fast enough service to stream video isn’t free. Typically providers cost under US$10 per month (around £5) but even bigger savings can be made if you sign up for a longer length service in advance, for example IPVanish can be as little as US$6.49 p/m (£4.22) if you took a yearly account.
There are plenty of good providers out there but there are literally hundreds to choose from and not all are fast enough to stream video. We’ve tested many providers over recent months and two that stand out in terms of speed are given below. We highly recommend these for uninterrupted Formula 1 online broadcast :-
There are a few other good VPN providers but it is necessary that they have servers in the countries of the broadcaster which the above two do so you can stream races from all networks. Once you’ve signed up for a service you can switch between UK, Australian, German, Austrian, Spanish and Swiss servers to make use of all broadcasts.
All three providers above supply software and apps for most types of computers and mobile devices making the connection really simple. Within 1 or 2 clicks you will be connected and ready to stream the live races.
Below we’ve listed the schedule of races and what channels they are to be shown on, click the required one for your preference. The flag indicates which country server you should connect to first with the software provided by the VPN service. The Streams on the UK and Australian channels will be in English. The streams on the Austrian, German, Swiss and Spanish channels will be in local languages. All you need to do is connect to a server in a corresponding country and then follow the links below :-
Australia, 16 March 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Malaysia, 30 March 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Bahrain, 6 April 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
China, 20 April 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Spain, 11 May 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Monaco, 25 May 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Canada, 8 June 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Austria, 22 June 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Great Britain, 6 July 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Germany, 20 July 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Hungary, 27 July 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Belgium, 24 August 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Italy, 7 September 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Singapore, 21 September 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Japan, 5 October 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Russia, 12 October 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
United States, 2 November 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Brazil, 9 November 2014 – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
Abu Dhabi, 23 November 2014 – BBC :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: ATRES
If you get stuck then we welcome posting in the comments section as we’ll be more than happy to assist.