Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream — but the question is whether he can stay ahead of his title rival Max Verstappen.
The 2021 F1 Qatar Grand Prix starts at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. GMT today (Sunday, November 21).
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Hamilton put in a blistering qualifying lap to take pole position for today's race, ahead of Verstappen in second. But while the British driver will have support from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third, Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull could only qualify 11th fastest — which is a blow to the team's hopes of scoring a win here.
Perez was one of several drivers who struggled with this new (to F1 at least) circuit, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc (13th) and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo (14th) also failing to make the top 10. But Hamilton seemed to take it all in his stride, finishing a 0.4secs ahead of Verstappen and raising his hopes of closing the 14-point gap in the title race.
Off the track, the tension between Red Bull and Mercedes ramped up another notch, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner effectively claiming that Mercedes had found a way to make their car's rear wing flex illegally on the straights to give them a speed boost. Mercedes — obviously — disagreed. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Verstappen argued over whether you should be able to overtake on the outside or not, a reaction to what happened last time out in Brazil.
It's all getting very tetchy between the teams and drivers, which means we could well see some exciting action on the track. Find out how you can watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream below.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream for free
Most countries have an F1 live stream on one channel or another, but many of them require a subscription. However, if you're lucky enough to live in Austria or Luxembourg then you can watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream for free.
If you're based in Austria or Luxembourg but aren't at home for the Qatar Grand Prix, don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world
It's natural that you might want to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there when the race is on?
Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream on Sky Sports, even though they're not in the U.K.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sky Sports or another website and watch the race.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream in the US
As with all F1 races this season, the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream will be shown on ESPN2. There are several ways you can access it — and two of them are among our picks for the best streaming services.
As well as being available through your cable service across the weekend, you can also stream the race via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions. Also note that Formula 1 is not available on ESPN Plus, ESPN's standalone streaming service; you need access to live ESPN channels.
If you don't want to pay for live ESPN in some fashion or another, your best alternative is F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab). This is F1's own official F1 live stream service, and as with ESPN's own coverage, it uses the feed from Sky Sports F1.
F1 TV Pro costs $10 per month or $80 for the season, which is much better value considering there are set to be 23 races this year. Plus you also get Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, and F1's archive of classic Grands Prix.
And remember, if you're usually based in the U.S. but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) — meaning you can view an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world.
If you're not already a Sling TV (opens in new tab) subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange in order to watch ESPN. This costs $35/month and includes dozens of other great channels.
Love sports? Then check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. The channel lineup includes ESPN2, plus other top networks including Bravo, FX and MTV.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream in the UK
As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show all of the Qatar Grand Prix action, and in up to 4K resolution. The race starts at 2 p.m. GMT on Sunday.
You'll need to be a Sky Sports (opens in new tab) subscriber to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream: the Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 per month, and there are packages available that give you lots more channels for only a bit extra.
To follow it in ultra high-definition 4K, you'll need to pay a little more: you'll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, that'd come to £45 a month, plus a £20 one-off payment if you're not an existing subscriber.
A far cheaper option is to buy a Now Sports Pass (opens in new tab). This will give you all 11 of the Sky Sports channels for a limited time, with pricing starting at £9.99 for a Day Pass and £33.99 for one month. There's no 4K available here though.
Again, if you're usually based in the U.K. but are elsewhere at the moment, you can still watch the services you subscribe to by using one of the best VPN services.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream in Canada
TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) also remains an option for fans looking for an F1 live stream.
All sessions are broadcast on TSN, and if you receive the network through your cable or satellite provider, you can use TSN Go by signing in with your TV service credentials. Cord-cutters will want to check out TSN Direct (opens in new tab), which comes in day- and month-long passes for $8 or $20 CAD, respectively. The TSN app (opens in new tab) will allow you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device.
Not actually in Canada at the moment? ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) and other VPN services can help you access the services you already subscribe to.
How to watch the F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream in Australia
Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 live streams in Australia, which means you can watch the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix online via Foxtel (opens in new tab).
Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) is another option. This service offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25.
You can also use one of the best VPN services to follow the action from your home country even when you're elsewhere.
F1 Qatar Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule
The Qatar Grand Prix weekend started on Friday (Nov. 19) with practice 1 and 2. Third practice and qualifying were on Saturday, and the race is today (Sunday, Nov. 21).
Friday, November 19
- Practice 1: 5.30 a.m. – 6.30 a.m. ET (2.30 a.m. – 3.30 a.m PT / 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. GMT)
- Practice 2: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. GMT)
Saturday, November 20
- Practice 3: 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. ET (3 a.m. – 4 a.m PT / 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. GMT)
- Qualifying: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. GMT)
Sunday, November 14
Race: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 8 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. GMT)
F1 Qatar Grand Prix — starting grid
F1 Qatar Grand Prix — current driver standings
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||332.5|
|4||Sergio Perez||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||178|
|5||Lando Norris||GBR||MCLAREN MERCEDES||151|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||MCLAREN MERCEDES||105|
|9||Pierre Gasly||FRA||ALPHATAURI HONDA||92|
|10||Fernando Alonso||ESP||ALPINE RENAULT||62|
|11||Esteban Ocon||FRA||ALPINE RENAULT||50|
ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES
|13||Lance Stroll||CAN||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||26|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||ALPHATAURI HONDA||20|
|15||George Russell||GBR||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||16|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||10|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||7|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1|
|19||Mick Schumacher||GER||HAAS FERRARI|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||RAF||HAAS FERRARI||0|
|21||Robert Kubica||POL||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||0|
F1 2021 car and driver line-ups
Kimi Raikkonen (7)
Antonio Giovinazzi (99)
Pierre Gasly (10)
Yuki Tsunoda (22)
Fernando Alonso (14)
Esteban Ocon (31)
Sebastian Vettel (5)
Lance Stroll (18)
Charles Leclerc (16)
Carlos Sainz (55)
Nikita Mazepin (9)
Mick Schumacher (47)
Daniel Ricciardo (3)
Lando Norris (4)
Lewis Hamilton (44)
Valtteri Bottas (77)
Max Verstappen (33)
Sergio Perez (11)
George Russell (63)
Nicholas Latifi (6)
Full 2021 F1 calendar
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
30 April 2 May
Portuguese Grand Prix
Spanish Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku street circuit
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard
|Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring|
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
British Grand Prix
30 July - 1 Aug
Hungarian Grand Prix
Belgian Grand Prix
Dutch Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
|24-26 Sept||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi International Street Circuit|
|8-10 Oct||Turkish Grand Prix||Intercity Instanbul Park||Turkey|
US Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
|5-7 Oct||Mexico Grand Prix|
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Brazilian Grand Prix
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit