The Formula 1 2016 season is upon us and starts in Australia on 20th March 2016.
If you’re like me and love to watch Formula 1 but resent paying hundreds of pounds (or dollars, or euros!) to watch the races then you’re not alone. Over the past few years the cost of watching Formula 1 has rocketed.
The good news is there is a way to watch all of the races online and relatively free. I’ve put together this little guide to show you where you can watch the races without paying for them and it doesn’t involve visiting any sketchy or dodgy websites.
In the UK they will show around 9 of the races but with 21 races in the season just seeing 9 really isn’t going to cut it if you’re a massive F1 fan.
No doubt you’ve tried searching to find the races free online and come across more virus-laden websites than you can shake a stick at. So keep reading and let’s find out how you can watch Formula 1 2016 online from anywhere in the world on official streams.
How to watch Formula 1 2016 online
Channel 4 in the UK show 9 races but there are also other networks around the world that show either all the races or some of them.
When you try to visit the website of either Channel 4 from the UK or any of the other networks and you’re outside the country they are intended for then they block you from watching and you’ll see a similar message to the one below.
It is possible to make yourself appear as if you are in any country in the world using a service called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Although the term may sound technical in reality it is basically just a small piece of software you install on your computer or app for your phone that takes care of all the hard work of virtually altering your location.
So networks like TenPlay in Australia, RTL in Germany, SRF in Switzerland and plenty of others show either the full race calendar or a selection of races.
What we want to do is use a VPN to appear in any of those countries that are showing the races and rather than be blocked from viewing we’ll be allowed to view.
You’re probably wondering where you can get a VPN and what the catch is? There is no catch per-se although there is a small cost of around £4 ($7) to get a VPN service.
In the section below I’ll tell you where to get a VPN service, how to use it and what websites are streaming the races so you’ll be able to watch Formula 1 2016 online from anywhere in the world.
Where to get a VPN for Formula 1 2016
To stream online video from another country you need to use a fast VPN. If you quickly google the term VPN then you’ll be given hundreds of choices which can be confusing.
Not all VPN providers are fast enough to stream video so playback of the Formula 1 2016 would be choppy and laggy ruining your enjoyment. I’ve been testing VPN providers for years and have put together a list of three of the best that will be suitable to watch Formula 1 2016 online.
Not only are these three fast but they also have connection points in all the countries necessary for watching on foreign streams.
All three providers cost around £6 (US$10) per month but if you take a yearly package then it can be as cheap as £4 (US$6.50) per month so it’s worth considering if you want to watch the whole 2016 Formula 1 season.
Just click on a provider’s name to visit their site and sign up and then read below to see how to use the VPN and where to watch the official Formula 1 2016 streams.
What to do next
Now that you’ve signed up to a provider you need to install their software on your computer/laptop or their app on your tablet or phone. It’s easier to do on a computer as not all the websites are mobile compatible but if you play around you should get a set-up that suits you.
Below is a schedule of the races and what website they are streamed on. All you need to do is connect to the corresponding country on your VPN provider’s software and then click the link below to visit the live stream.
Australia, 20 March – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Bahrain, 3 April – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Chinese, 17 April – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Russian, 1 May – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Spanish, 15 May – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Monaco, 29 May – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Canadian, 12 June – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
European, 19 June – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Austrian, 3 July – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
British, 10 July – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Hungarian, 24 July – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
German, 31 July – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Belgian, 28 August – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Italian, 4 September – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Singapore, 18 September – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Malaysian, 2 October – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Japanese, 9 October – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
United States, 23 October – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Mexican, 30 October – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Brazilian, 13 November – TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
Abu Dhabi, 27 Nov – CH4 :: TEN :: ORF :: RTL :: SRF :: Atres :: MatchTV
As an example with IPVanish if you wanted to watch the Australian Grand Prix on TEN then first you would load the IPVanish software.
Click Server Selection.
Find Australia, click on it and then press Connect like in the image below.
If you’re still a little confused take a look at our video guide from 2014 which is still valid for 2016.