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F1 France live stream: How to watch the 2021 French Grand Prix

F1 France live stream — Lewis Hamilton
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2021 F1 France live stream: How to watch live online

The 2021 F1 French Grand Prix takes place today, Sunday, June 20 at 6 a.m. ET / 3 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. BST. ESPN carries the F1 live stream in the U.S. You can watch your country's coverage no matter where in the world you are by grabbing a VPN.

It's almost time for the 2021 F1 France live stream, and after the chaos of the previous race in Azerbaijan, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be looking to get back into top form.

Neither fared well on the historic streets of Baku two weeks ago, with Verstappen crashing out with five laps to go after a tire failure, and Hamilton making an uncharacteristic mistake when placed second and ultimately finishing outside of the points. But both could make up for it today: Verstappen is on pole ahead of Hamilton, with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas third on the grid.

The Paul Ricard circuit is one of the most famous on the F1 calendar, having been used on and off since the early 1970s. Drivers love its mix of low-, medium- and high-speed corners, not to mention the fact that it offers plenty of overtaking opportunities.

How will the race pan out? All will become clear soon. Read on to find out how to watch the 2021 F1 France live stream online from anywhere.

F1 France live stream: How to watch the French Grand Prix live online from anywhere with a VPN

Just because you're in another country, it doesn't mean you can't use the streaming services you already pay for to watch the F1 France live stream. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can connect to your service of choice through a server in your country, so you can watch the race without needing to resort to a low-quality option.

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F1 France live stream: How to watch the French Grand Prix live online in the US

F1 France live stream – US flag

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ESPN is the place to turn for the French 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.

ESPN 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 9 a.m. ET on Sunday. 

If you don't want to pay for live ESPN 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. 

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F1 France live stream: How to watch the French Grand Prix live online in the UK

F1 France live stream – British flag

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As always, Sky Sports F1 is the home of Formula One in the U.K. and it offers coverage of every minute of the French Grand Prix in up to 4K resolution. 

You'll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 France 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.

F1 France live stream: How to watch the French Grand Prix live online in Canada

F1 France live stream — Canadian flag

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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.

F1 France live stream: How to watch the French Grand Prix live online in Australia

F1 France live stream – Australia flag

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Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 France live stream in Australia, which means you can watch the French 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 France live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

F1 France live stream — how to watch the French Grand Prix online – Red Bull

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The French Grand Prix weekend started on Friday (June 18) with the first two practice sessions, while P3 and qualifying took place yesterday (June 19). The race itself is today (June 20). Here's the full schedule:

Friday, June 18

  • 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. BST)
  • Practice 2: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. BST)

Saturday, June 19

  • Practice 3: 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. ET (3 a.m. – 4 a.m PT / 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. BST)
  • Qualifying: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. BST)

Sunday, June 20

Race: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 8 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. BST)

F1 France live stream — current driver standings

POS

DRIVER

NATIONALITY

CAR

PTS

1

Max Verstappen

NED

RED BULL RACING HONDA

105

2

Lewis Hamilton

GBR

MERCEDES

101

5

Sergio Perez

MEX

RED BULL RACING HONDA

69

3

Lando Norris

GBR

MCLAREN MERCEDES

66

6

Charles Leclerc

MON

FERRARI

52

4

Valtteri Bottas

FIN

MERCEDES

47

7

Carlos Sainz

ESP

FERRARI

42

9

Pierre Gasly

FRA

ALPHATAURI HONDA

31

11

Sebastian Vettel

GER

ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES

28

8

Daniel Ricciardo

AUS

MCLAREN MERCEDES

26

13

Fernando Alonso

ESP

ALPINE RENAULT

13

10

Esteban Ocon

FRA

ALPINE RENAULT

12

12

Lance Stroll

CAN

ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES

9

14

Yuki Tsunoda

JPN

ALPHATAURI HONDA

8

15

Antonio Giovinazzi

ITA

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1

16

Kimi Räikkönen

FIN

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1

17

George Russell

GBR

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

0

18

Nicholas Latifi

CAN

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

0

19

Mick Schumacher

GER

HAAS FERRARI

0

20

Nikita Mazepin

RAF

HAAS FERRARI

0

F1 2021 car and driver line-ups

Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen (7)

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alpha Tauri

Pierre Gasly (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (22)

Alpine

Fernando Alonso (14)

Esteban Ocon (31)

Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Lance Stroll (18)

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc (16)

Carlos Sainz (55)

Haas

Nikita Mazepin (9)

Mick Schumacher (47)

McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

Lando Norris (4)

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (33)

Sergio Perez (11)

Williams

George Russell (63)

Nicholas Latifi (6)

Full 2021 F1 calendar

DATE

GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT

COUNTRY

26-28 March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain

16-18 April

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Autodromo Imola

Italy

30 April 2 May

Portuguese Grand Prix

Portimão Circuit

Portugal

7-9 May

Spanish Grand Prix

Catalunya Circuit

Spain

20-23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit

Monte Carlo

4-6 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku street circuit

Azerbaijan

18-20 June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Ricard

France

25-27 June

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring

Austria

2-4 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring

Austria

16-18 July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

30 July - 1 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring

Hungary

27-29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

Belgium

3-5 Sept

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort

Netherlands

10-12 Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Italy

24-26 SeptRussian Grand PrixSochi International Street Circuit

Russia

1-3 OctTBCTBCTBC

8-10 Oct

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka Circuit

Japan

22-24 Oct

US Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

United States

29-31 Oct

Mexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Mexico

5-7 Nov

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Interlagos

Brazil

19-21 Nov

Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Circuit

Australia

3-5 Dec

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Jeddah

Saudi Arabia

10-12 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit

UAE

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