Formula 1 entered the summer break on a high note, after Mercedes’ roll of the strategic dice allowed Lewis Hamilton to snatch victory from Max Verstappen’s clutches in the closing moments of the Hungarian Grand Prix a month ago.
Now, F1 returns to one of its hallowed grounds — Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps — with the German constructor back on top, Red Bull looking as racy as ever and Ferrari, well, looking for answers.
Here's how to live stream the 2019 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix to catch all of the action.
When is the F1 2019 Belgian Grand Prix?
The race kicks off Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. local time at Spa — or 9 a.m. Eastern and 6 a.m. Pacific for those in the U.S., and 2 p.m. BST if you’re watching from the United Kingdom.
Qualifying just began today (Aug. 31) at 9 a.m. Eastern | 6 a.m. Pacific | 2 p.m. BST — the same time as the race is slated to begin on Sunday.
Practice 1 and 2 took place yesterday. The first Practice began at 5 a.m. Eastern | 2 a.m. Pacific | 10 a.m. BST. Practice 2 was four hours later, at 9 a.m. Eastern | 6 a.m. Pacific | 2 p.m. BST. Practice 3 occurred this morning at 6 a.m. Eastern | 3 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. BST.
How can I live stream the F1 2019 Belgian GP in the U.S.?
ESPN has exclusive broadcast rights for F1 on television in the U.S., syndicating the Sky Sports F1 feed from the U.K. entirely without commercials. The Belgian Grand Prix will be shown on ESPN2, which you can access either through your cable or satellite provider as well as via the ESPN app, so long as you authenticate with your provider's login credentials.
ESPN's race day coverage actually begins an hour and a half before the lights go green, on ESPN3 with Formula 1: Pit Lane Live at 7:30 a.m. Eastern and 4:30 a.m. Pacific. Coverage then moves to ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern and 5:30 a.m. Pacific for Formula 1: On The Grid. The race kicks off a half hour later, again on ESPN2.
Qualifying also airs on ESPN2, and the three practice sessions will be shown on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN2 again, in that order.
If you don't have a way to tune into ESPN's coverage, you could always live stream via F1 TV Pro. This is F1's own global streaming service that offers the full broadcast experience for the race, qualifying and practice sessions. There's live timing and scoring, on-board feeds for every car and a wealth of archival content as well, featuring classic races from decades past. F1 TV Pro costs $10 for a month-long subscription.
How do I use a VPN to live stream the F1 2019 Belgian GP?
If you’re traveling outside the country, but don’t want to miss the race, a virtual private network, or VPN, could be an ideal choice. Choosing a service could be a challenge, but fortunately, we’ve tested out many different offerings to find out who offers the best overall VPN. Our top pick is ExpressVPN, which offers superb speeds that will meet the needs of most users, but you’ve got other options as well.
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Where can I live stream the F1 2019 Belgian GP in the U.K.?
F1 fans in the United Kingdom will have to tune into Sky Sports F1 to watch every session of every Grand Prix weekend for the remainder of the season. Those who don't have access to the paid F1 network can tune into Channel 4's highlights packages after the race, during primetime on Sunday nights. Notably, the Sky Sports team of David Croft and Martin Brundle don't call the races on Channel 4; that honor falls to Steve Jones and David Coulthard.
Sky Sports' race day coverage from the pit lane commences at 1 p.m. BST; the event starts an hour later, at 2 p.m. British fans without terrestrial TV won’t be able to tune into F1 TV Pro, as that service is not available in the U.K. However, in lieu of that, you could live stream with a Now TV Sky Sports Day Pass, which will set you back £9. There is also a week pass available, at £15, if you don’t want to miss other sessions besides the race.
Where can I live stream F1 2019 Belgian GP behind-the-scenes content?
Fortunately, the answer to this one is simple and free: YouTube. Formula 1 posts all of its supplementary Grand Prix content to the website, including driver briefings, highlights for each and every session and the Paddock Pass — roughly 15 to 30 minute-long programs that dive into the storylines surrounding the weekend, once after qualifying, and then again before and after the race. It's a great way to keep up with which teams are looking strong leading up to the Grand Prix.
On television, fans in both the U.S. and U.K. can catch Sky Sports' half hour-long preview show on Thursday called Welcome To The Weekend. In the U.S., this program airs on ESPN3 at 12 p.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Pacific. In the U.K., it airs concurrently at 5 p.m. BST.