The Formula One season got underway in dramatic fashion last weekend as Sebastian Vettel edged out Lewis Hamilton at an action-packed Australian Grand Prix.
With Hamilton and Mercedes still hot favourites to win the title once again, Ferrari have proved in Australia that they are going to be competitive, while both Red Bull and MacLaren also suggested that they could be in the mix too.
With the prospect of the most competitive F1 World Championship for several years, F1 fans are already pining for the second round of the Championship to see how drivers, teams, and their cars are developing.
That will be the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place on 8th April and in the UK, will be the first Grand Prix of the season to be available on terrestrial TV. But you can watch online around the world with a VPN.
How to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix
The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix will be the first round of the season to be broadcast live and exclusive on Channel 4. They will be showing every moment of testing and qualifying as well as the race itself live. And if you want to follow their coverage online, their All 4 streaming service will be the place to go.
But if you are outside the UK, you will be unable to access this service as it will be geo-restricted and the new F1 owners, Liberty Media, are strict about protecting the rights to their product.
In many other countries around the world, access will only be available on pay-per-view or subscription cable channels. But with the help of a VPN, you will be able to access All 4 from anywhere in the world.
A VPN is a small app which will set you back about US$5 – $8 p/m (approximately £3 – £4). It is primarily an online security and privacy tool, but can also be used to help you alter your online location.
By switching your own geo-location to the UK, you will be able to access Channel 4’s coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix live on their All 4 service. You will also be able to watch all the action on catch-up too.
So how can you get a VPN and how do you use it to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix? It’s simple. Just follow the simple 5-steps below where we show you how.
How to watch Formula 1 2018 online Step-by-Step:
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN and sign-up to their service. (They offer a 30-day money back guarantee which means you try it risk-free too).
- Go to the VPN Apps area of their website and download the right app for your device. They offer great dedicated apps for Windows, Mac, Android and Apple.
- Install the app, open it and log in using the account details you were given when you signed up.
- Connect to a UK-based server. You can do this just by clicking on the UK on their world map, or otherwise select their server list and choose a specific UK-based server.
- Then press the Connect button.
NordVPN should connect your device to their server in a few seconds. Once it has connected, head over to the All 4 website and you are ready to enjoy the Bahrain Grand Prix.
When is the Bahrain Grand Prix on?
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be held on the 8th April, but there will be testing and qualifying taking place throughout that weekend.
The event itself, which is formally known as the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. It will be the fourteenth time that Bahrain has hosted a Grand Prix, with the very first taking place back in 2004.
It is a race which has not been without its controversy over the year’s. Bahrain is a country with a questionable human rights record and the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled in the wake of widespread protests in the country. However, F1 controversially decided to return to Bahrain in 2012, despite objections by human rights campaigners.
Sebastian Vettel, who currently tops the F1 standings after winning in Australia will have high hopes of extending his advantage here. He is the joint-most successful driver in the history of the event, with three wins here to his name already.
His Ferarri team are also the most successful constructor here, with five race victories already and it was Vettel and Ferrari who tasted victory last time out. Despite only qualifying third, behind the two Mercedes, Vettel edged out Hamilton by 6.6 seconds to take the chequered flag.
Watch the Bahrain Grand Prix Recap
If you want to see whether history will repeat itself this year or whether Hamilton can get revenge for his defeat in Australia, you will need to tune in and find out. With the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix being shown on terrestrial TV in the UK, big audiences can be expected for this one.
If you are not in the UK, it may appear less easy to watch this one. But as we have explained, with a VPN, you can watch the online stream of Channel 4’s coverage from anywhere in the world.
If you want to watch the rest of the Formula One 2018 season check out our full guide that shows you how to watch all the F1 2018 season online.