Formula 1 revs up the first weekend in March! If you love watching hot, custom-made cars racing at speeds over 200 MPH in Grands Prix around the world, you’ll be thrilled to know that Sling TV has all the F1 races for $51/mo. Next up: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!
In a hurry? Sling Orange by itself has all the main Sunday races covered for just $40.00/mo. For $11/mo extra, you can tune into all the qualifying and practice races over the week leading up to the main event.
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Get set for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix! Ten teams, largely sponsored by car manufacturers (like Ferrari and McLaren), will compete in the most popular motorsport in the world (sorry, NASCAR fans). There are several familiar names on the F1 driving roster, including Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, and Lewis Hamilton.
In the US, the ESPN channels are televising the races. Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that provides many of the same popular pay channels as cable companies. Specifically, in the context of F1, it has all the ESPN networks.
Live TV Channels for Watching Formula 1
The Bahrain Grand Prix lineup is typical of the season. The main ESPN channel will run the Grand Prix itself on Sunday. Practices and qualifying are on ESPN2 and other ESPNs, such as ESPNews. Formula 2 and 3 events plus analysis are on ESPN3.
Drivers compete for points, which are awarded after each race. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins. The competition is beyond fierce, and the sport has a rich history of rivalries and an extremely passionate global fan base.
Spectating a race live, even on TV, can be a major adrenaline rush. Drivers and cars are both pushed to their limit. Frustrating mechanical failures, surprise victories, and even the occasional crash make every race day an opportunity for action, high drama, and potential tragedy.
How to Watch Formula 1 on Sling TV
Watching F1 on Sling TV is easy-peasy. Sling has two base plans, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Either one is $40.00/mo, both together are $55.00/mo.
The Orange plan features the Disney Channel and Disney-owned TV channels — such as ESPN. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 are all included in that $40.00/mo base plan. Note that ESPN3 simulcasts all live sports from ABC.
But if you want to see every practice and qualifying event, you should definitely pick up the Sports Extra, a $11/mo add-on that gives you 14 additional sports channels, including ESPNews.
This means that for a max price of $51/mo you can watch them all. You absolutely cannot stream ESPN cheaper than this. Your next cheapest option is Vidgo for $69.99/mo or YouTube TV at $72.99/mo.
Sling TV also comes with 50 hours of DVR storage (upgradable to 200), and if you forget to record an event, you can use your Sling credentials to log in to ESPN’s website or app to watch replays on-demand.
Note: Sling TV is also a great choice for watching NASCAR — in particular, the Cup Series races.
Other Options for Streaming Formula 1
Sling TV isn’t the only streaming TV subscription service with ESPN, it’s just the cheapest. Here’s a brief rundown of some of your other options:
- F1 TV is Formula 1’s own streaming service. If F1 is all you’re interested in, F1 TV Pro (the tier with the live races) is a good deal at $80 for the entire season. It also features onboard cameras and audio from team radios.
- Hulu + Live TV is, like ESPN, Disney-owned, so it has all the ESPNs and ESPN+ included in the price. Downside: that price is $69.99/mo.
- FuboTV is a sports-first streaming service for $74.99/mo.
- DIRECTV STREAM is an option with a well-rounded channel lineup for $74.99/mo
You can live stream with apps from all these services (Sling included) on the major devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android Mobile, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS (iPad/iPhone), Roku, major smart tvs, and web browsers.
Formula 1 Outside the US
If you’re outside the US, you should still be able to pick up F1 wherever you are.
- Australia: Fox Sports, Foxtel, Kayo
- Canada: TSN, RDS, Noovo
- Ireland: Sky Sports F1
- New Zealand: Sky NZ
- UK: Sky Sports F1, Channel 4
What You Need to Know About Formula 1 Racing
Formula 1 (also written as “Formula One”) is the highest class of international single-seater auto racing. The first F1 took place in 1950, kicking off with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The “formula” in “Formula 1” refers to the strict rules that the car-makers must adhere to. These rules are set down and enforced by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.
F1 cars are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine that can rev up to 15,000 rpm and generate up to 1,000 horsepower. They can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds and reach top speeds of over 220 mph.
Races are usually on custom-made circuits, with some closed-street courses as well. This year’s schedule covers 24 races. The Grand Prix circuits are located around the world. Just to name a few from this year’s calendar:
- Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix
- Monaco Grand Prix
- AWS Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona
- Qatar Grand Prix
- Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
And three right here in the USA:
- Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix (on Sling TV)
- Lenovo United States Grand Prix in Austin
- Heineken Las Vegas Grand Prix
If you, like millions of other fans around the world, cannot wait for the opening Grand Prix, your wait is nearly over. Sign up for Sling Orange, grab the Sports Extra, and then settle in for some serious racing.
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