The Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT | 4 p.m. BST) today, Sunday, March 28. ESPN carries it in the U.S.
You can watch your country's coverage no matter where in the world you are by grabbing a VPN.
[Update: The Bahrain Grand Prix is now over. Click the link to find out how to watch an F1 live stream of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola]
The 2021 F1 season is getting underway — and if you want to know how to watch the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, you're in the right place.
And what a race it should be: Max Verstappen of Red Bull will be on pole position ahead of the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, with Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in fourth. In total, seven teams are represented in an exciting and varied top 10.
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This promises to be a historic season, with Hamilton bidding for a record eighth Formula One title and a raft of driver changes adding to the intrigue.
The big one is double World Champ Fernando Alonso's return to the sport after two years away — he'll take a seat at the new Alpine team — but almost every team has changed personnel. Four-times champion Sebastien Vettel has moved to Aston Martin, the always entertaining Daniel Ricciardo has gone to McLaren and Carlos Sainz has joined Ferrari.
Plus, after Covid reduced the 2020 content to 16 Grands Prix, we have a full 23-race calendar to look forward; it should be a brilliant year.
The action starts at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. BST) today (Sunday, March 28) at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir — and you can watch it all live wherever you are. Read on to find out how to usher in a new year of F1 live streams and watch the 2021 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix live stream.
How to watch Bahrain Grand Prix with a VPN
Being away from home in another country doesn't mean you can't use the streaming service you already pay for to watch an F1 live stream. A virtual private network, or VPN, can help you connect to your desired service through a server in your country, so you can watch the race without needing to turn to a low-quality, glitchy workaround.
We've tested many VPN services, and in our opinion the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds.
ExpressVPN really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices — from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and Sony PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to try it out.
How to watch Bahrain GP in the US
For those wanting to watch an F1 live stream of the Bahrain Grand Prix on TV in the U.S., the big race is on ESPN at 11:00 a.m. ET today (Sunday, March 26).
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 of the weekend. Formula 1 is not available on ESPN Plus, ESPN's standalone streaming service; you need access to live ESPN channels.
Just as with the previous three seasons, ESPN's F1 broadcast picks up the Sky Sports F1 feed. ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.
If you don't want to pay for live ESPN in some fashion or another, your only alternative is F1 TV Pro — F1's own official F1 live stream service, which also duplicates the Sky Sports feed.
F1 TV Pro costs $10 monthly or $80 for the entire season. In addition to live streaming F1 events, it also offers access to Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, as well as F1's historic archive of classic Grands Prix.
If you're not already a Sling TV subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange if you want to watch ESPN. It also includes the Disney Channel, ESPN2 and ESPN3. The service normally costs $30 a month, but new customers can get their first month for $20.
How to watch Bahrain GP in the UK
Sky Sports F1 is the home of Formula One for another season, and you'll be able to catch every minute of the Bahrain Grand Prix in up to 4K resolution there.
You'll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 live stream: the Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 / month, and there are also packages available that give you extra channels for only a little extra.
If you want to follow it in glorious 4K, you'll need to pay extra: you'll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, you'd be looking at £45 / month, plus a £20 one-off payment if you're not an existing Sky 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, sadly.
How to watch Bahrain GP in Canada
TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada, though F1 TV Pro remains an option for fans. 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.
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule
The action started on Friday with the practice sessions and will culminate in the race today. Here's when you can catch it all.
Friday, March 26
- Practice 1: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m GMT)
- Practice 2: 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m GMT)
Saturday, March 27
- Practice 3: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m GMT)
- Qualifying: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m GMT)
Sunday, March 28
- Race: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m BST)
Bahrain Grand Prix 2021: Starting grid
- 1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- 2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 3rd Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- 4th Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- 5th Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
- 6th Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
- 7th Lando Norris (McLaren)
- 8th Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- 9th Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
- 10th Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
- 11th Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- 12th Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
- 13th Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
- 14th Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
- 15th George Russell (Williams)
- 16th - Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
- 17th - Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- 18th - Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
- 19th - Mick Schumacher (Haas)
- 20th - Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
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
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard
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
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi International Street Circuit
Singapore Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix
US Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
Mexico Grand Prix
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Brazilian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park Circuit
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit