It has been a scintillating start to the Formula One season and after three races it is now clear that this year is going to be one of the closest title battles in years.
Round 4 sees the teams heading to central Asia for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and in this article, we are going tell you how you can use a VPN to watch the race live no matter where in the world you are.
The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be just the second race held in the country, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the inaugural one last year. He won in the last round in China too, and with Mercedes domination of F1 seemingly over, the scene is set for another thrilling encounter this year too.
How to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is being broadcast in the UK on Channel 4, a free-to-air terrestrial channel. They will be covering the whole weekend live, from practice and qualifying, to the race itself.
It will also be streamed live online via their All 4 streaming service. But if you are not residing in the UK, you will not be able to access the All 4 website.
This is because F1 makes a significant proportion of its money from selling media rights around the world. Channel 4 holds the rights to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the UK, but not elsewhere.
But, there is good news. It is still possible to access the All 4 streaming service from anywhere in the world if you use a VPN to do so. A VPN is a small app which costs around US$5 – $8 p/m (approximately £3 – £4) and which can be used to help you alter your online location.
By using a VPN to switch your IP Address to a UK-based one, you will be able to access the All 4 streaming service from anywhere in the world and so watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for free.
If you are wondering how to do this, all you need to do is follow this simple 5-step guide.
How to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix online: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN and sign-up to one of their affordable subscription packages. (NordVPN also offer a 30-day money back guarantee which means you can try it risk-free too).
- Then go to the VPN Apps area of their website to download the right app for your device (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android are all catered for). Alternatively, their apps should be available in your app store too.
- Install the NordVPN app, open it and log in using the account details given to you in step 1.
- Connect to a UK-based server. To do this, just click on the UK on their world map, or otherwise select a specific UK-based server from their ‘Countries’ list.
- Lastly, click on the Connect button.
NordVPN will only take a few moments to connect. Once they have, all you have to do is visit the All 4 website and you will be able to stream all of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix live.
When does the Azerbaijan Grand Prix take place?
This year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place on the 29th April, with practice and qualifying being held on the two days before the race itself.
It will take place in the capital city of Baku and viewers should familiarize themselves with the time difference between Baku and their own location ahead of the race. Baku is in the GMT+4 time zone, which means at the moment, it is three hours ahead of the UK.
As a result, the race itself will begin at midday UK-time on Sunday 29th April.
About the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
This is just the second time that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has taken place. It is held on the Baku City Circuit, a street circuit which takes cars through the stunning old city of Baku. Although a tight course, the Baku circuit has proved to be an exciting one and there was no shortage of drama and incident in 2017.
Last year, Daniel Ricciardo steering his Red Bull to victory by a margin of 3.9 seconds from Mercedes’ Valteri Bottas, with Lance Stroll taking his Williams to an impressive third-place finish.
Vettel and Hamilton were fourth and fifth respectively, and the competitive nature of the race was shown in nine different teams managing to score points.
Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Recap
The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix promises to be another exciting race and given the way the season has gone so far, it is impossible to predict who will emerge victorious.
Fortunately, you won’t have to miss a moment of the action. That’s because, no matter where in the world you are, you can still watch the whole weekend live on Channel 4 using a VPN.
Just sign up with NordVPN today, download their app, connect to a UK server, and then head over to the All 4 site. You can also use NordVPN to watch every other round of the F1 season live too.