F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the race in Istanbul

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (seen here at the F1 British Grand Prix) will race at the F1 Turkish Grand Prix 2021
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If the F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream is even half as exciting as the last race, you won't want to miss it. The Russian GP two weeks ago had everything: a thrilling qualifying session, unexpected grid line up, a rookie driver on course for a debut win and then a downpour that changed everything. 

2021 F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream: How to watch live online

The 2021 F1 Turkish Grand Prix starts at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. BST today (Sunday, October 10).
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN2 via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

There was rain again at Istanbul yesterday, with third practice taking place in fairly treacherous conditions that left several drivers spinning off the track. It cleared up for qualifying, but with the track still damp, drivers had to pick their way around the dry lines.

Not that it seemed to bother Lewis Hamilton much; the Mercedes driver was fastest in qualifying, ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Unfortunately for the British star, he won't be on pole, having taken a 10-place grid penalty after changing an engine component. 

That gives Red Bull's Max Verstappen a big advantage in the title fight, as he'll start on the front row alongside Bottas, whose form has been indifferent since it was announced he'd be leaving Mercedes at the end of the season. Though the Mercs appear to have better performance here, the smart money is still on the flying Dutchman to win.

For Hamilton, the situation is simple: he needs to do what Verstappen did last week and pick his way through the field to finish as close to his rival as possible. He leads the championship by a wafer-thin two points going into the final seven races, so every position will be critical. 

Just as the weather helped out Verstappen in Russia, it could aid Hamilton's cause here: rain is by no means impossible in the race, which starts at 8 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. BST today (Sunday, October 10).

Elsewhere on the grid, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo will start at the back of the grid after also taking engine-related penalties, but their teammates Charles Leclerc (3rd) and Lando Norris (7th will be confident of scoring big points themselves in the battle for third place in the Constructors' Championship.

There's plenty of intrigue ahead of us, then. And the good news is that you can watch the race online via an F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream; read on to find out how to do just that.

How to watch the F1 Turkish 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 then you can watch the F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream for free.

That's because the race will be shown on free-to-air television on Red Bull's own Servus TV.

If you're based in Austria but aren't at home for the Turkish 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 Turkish Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world

It's natural that you might want to watch the F1 Turkish 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 Turkish 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. 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 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 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 Turkish Grand Prix live stream in the US

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ESPN2 is the place to turn for the F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream in the U.S., and there are several ways you can access it.

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.

ESPN2 is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. Either way, coverage of the big race starts at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday (October 10). 

If you don't want to pay for live ESPN2 in some fashion or another, your best alternative is F1 TV Pro. 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 — meaning you can view an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world. 


If you're not already a Sling TV 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. 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 Turkish Grand Prix live stream in the UK

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As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show all of the Turkish Grand Prix action, and in up to 4K resolution. The race starts at 1 p.m. BST.

You'll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 Turkish 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. 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 Turkish Grand Prix live stream in Canada

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TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro 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, which comes in day- and month-long passes for $8 or $20 CAD, respectively. The TSN app will allow you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device.

Not actually in Canada at the moment? ExpressVPN and other VPN services can help you access the services you already subscribe to.

How to watch the F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream in Australia

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Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 live streams in Australia, which means you can watch the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix online via Foxtel

Kayo Sports 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 Turkish Grand Prix starting grid

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Valtteri Bottas



Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing Honda


Charles Leclerc



Pierre Gasly

Alphatauri Honda


Fernando Alonso

Alpine Renault


Sergio Perez

Red Bull Racing Honda


Lando Norris

Mclaren Mercedes


Lance Stroll

Aston Martin Mercedes


Yuki Tsunoda

Alphatauri Honda


Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin Mercedes


Lewis Hamilton



Esteban Ocon

Alpine Renault


George Russell

Williams Mercedes


Mick Schumacher

Haas Ferrari


Nicholas Latifi

Williams Mercedes


Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari


Kimi Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari


Nikita Mazepin

Haas Ferrari


Carlos Sainz


20Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes

F1 Turkish Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

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The Turkish Grand Prix weekend started on Friday (October 8) with practice 1 & 2. Third practice and qualifying were on Saturday and the race itself is today (Sunday, October 10).

Friday, October 8

  • Practice 1: 4.30 a.m. – 5.30 a.m. ET (1.30 a.m. – 2.30 a.m PT / 9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. BST)
  • Practice 2: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 6 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. BST)

Saturday, October 9

  • Practice 3: 5 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET (2 a.m. – 3 a.m PT / 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. BST)
  • Qualifying: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 6 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. BST)

Sunday, October 10

Race: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. BST)

F1 Turkish Grand Prix — current driver standings

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1Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES246.5
3Valtteri BottasFINMERCEDES151
6Carlos SainzESPFERRARI112.5
7Charles LeclercMONFERRARI104
10Fernando AlonsoESPALPINE RENAULT58
12Sebastian Vettel



19Mick SchumacherGERHAAS FERRARI


20Nikita MazepinRAFHAAS FERRARI0

F1 2021 car and driver line-ups

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Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen (7)

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alpha Tauri

Pierre Gasly (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (22)


Fernando Alonso (14)

Esteban Ocon (31)

Aston Martin

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)

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (33)

Sergio Perez (11)


George Russell (63)

Nicholas Latifi (6)

Full 2021 F1 calendar

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26-28 March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit


16-18 April

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Autodromo Imola


30 April 2 May

Portuguese Grand Prix

Portimão Circuit


7-9 May

Spanish Grand Prix

Catalunya Circuit


20-23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit

Monte Carlo

4-6 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku street circuit


18-20 June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Ricard


25-27 June

Styrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring


2-4 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring


16-18 July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

30 July - 1 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix



27-29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit


3-5 Sept

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort


10-12 Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza


24-26 SeptRussian Grand PrixSochi International Street Circuit


8-10 OctTurkish Grand PrixIntercity Instanbul ParkTurkey

22-24 Oct

US Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

United States

5-7 OctMexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez


12-14 Nov

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Interlagos


19-21 Nov

3-5 Dec

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix


Saudi Arabia

10-12 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit


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