The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream will see title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen take to the track in the penultimate race of the 2021 season. And after a thrilling qualifying session yesterday, it's all set up for another blockbuster battle.
The 2021 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix starts at 12.30 p.m. ET / 9.30 a.m. PT / 5.30 p.m. GMT on Sunday (December 5).
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Verstappen, in the Red Bull, looked to have the pace advantage as qualifying reached its conclusion, with Hamilton struggling to get the best from the soft tires.
With just one lap each left, the Dutchman topped the times and was headed for pole. Hamilton then pulled out a near-flawless lap to regain the lead by 0.1 seconds, but behind him Verstappen went fastest in the first two sectors and was 0.3 seconds up with just one corner remaining. Pole was his to lose.
But lose it he did. His front-left wheel locked up as he entered the corner and rather than slowing, Verstappen kept on the throttle and duly slid into the wall. He will now start third.
That leaves Hamilton in prime position to win in Saudi Arabia and take this contest on to Abu Dhabi for the finale. And the stakes really couldn't be higher. Verstappen leads Hamilton by 8 points, a gap that the Brit has closed substantially in the past two Grands Prix, having won both convincingly.
Against that, Verstappen and Red Bull still hold the points advantage, and the young Dutchman knows that he could even win the title this weekend if he finishes first and Hamilton is lower than sixth (or fifth if Verstappen also takes fastest lap).
That seems less likely after the drama in qualifying, but Verstappen will expect to cut through the field whether from third and give Hamilton a proper battle. The spectre of safety cars affecting the race also looms; this is a fast, tricky circuit, with little in the way of run-off areas and plenty of potential for collisions.
And of course the title rivals won't be the only ones on the track; Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas starts second, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fourth, and both could come into contention, as could Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull.
It promises to be a fascinating race and you can see it all wherever you are. Here's how to watch the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream.
How to watch the F1 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream for free.
If you're based in Austria or Luxembourg but aren't at home for the Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world
It's natural that you might want to watch the F1 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream in the US
As with all F1 races this season, the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream will be shown on ESPN. The action will be spread across multiple channels, with Practice 1 on ESPNU, Practice 2 and 3 on ESPN2, Qualifying on ESPN News and the race itself on ESPN2.
But there's more good news on the ESPN front — because the final two races will also be streamed live on ESPN Plus, ESPN's standalone streaming service; usually, ESPN Plus is not included in F1 coverage.
There are several ways you can access ESPN — 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.
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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream in the UK
As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show all of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix action, and in up to 4K resolution. The race starts at 5.30 p.m. GMT on Sunday.
You'll need to be a Sky Sports (opens in new tab) subscriber to watch the F1 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream: Starting grid
Red Bull Racing Honda
Red Bull Racing Honda
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
Aston Martin Mercedes
Aston Martin Mercedes
F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend started on Friday (Dec. 3) with practice 1 and 2. Third practice and qualifying were on Saturday, and the race is today (Sunday, Dec. 5).
Friday, December 3
- Practice 1: 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. ET (5.30 a.m. – 6.30 a.m PT / 1.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. GMT)
- Practice 2: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 10 a.m PT / 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. GMT)
Saturday, December 4
- Practice 3: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. GMT)
- Qualifying: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 10 a.m PT / 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. GMT)
Sunday, December 5
Race: 12.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. ET (9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m PT / 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. GMT)
F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix — current driver standings
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||351.5|
|4||Sergio Perez||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||190|
|5||Lando Norris||GBR||MCLAREN MERCEDES||153|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||MCLAREN MERCEDES||105|
|9||Pierre Gasly||FRA||ALPHATAURI HONDA||92|
|10||Fernando Alonso||ESP||ALPINE RENAULT||77|
|11||Esteban Ocon||FRA||ALPINE RENAULT||60|
ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES
|13||Lance Stroll||CAN||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||34|
|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