The F1 circus heads to the iconic Suzuka International Racing Course for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, as Red Bull look to put last weekend’s disappointment in Singapore behind them.
Last Sunday’s action at the Marina Bay Street Circuit saw Max Verstappen’s cherished 10-race winning streak come to an abrupt end. The defending champ finished in a disappointing fifth place, with Carlos Sainz claiming victory after a controlled drive for Ferrari.
A return to winning ways for Red Bull will see them wrap up the Constructors’ Championship, while a victory for Verstappen will move him right to the brink of claiming the drivers’ crown once more ahead of the Qatar GP in a fortnight’s time.
Will Ferrari build on the momentum of Sainz’s heroics in Singapore, or will the Honda-powered Red Bull get back on track at Suzuka?
The Japanese Grand Prix will take place today at the Suzuka International Race Course in Japan at 12:55 a.m. ET (9:55 p.m. PT) on ESPN and ESPN Plus.
The entire race weekend, including practice sessions and qualifying, will be shown in the US on ESPN’s family of TV networks. Those looking to follow all the drama will need access to ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNews to catch every second of the action.
No single provider has exclusive rights to the network, so there are plenty of ways to get ESPN and watch the races without cable. We’ve broken down everything you need to know to stream today’s race, and all the other F1 races this season.
When, where and what time are the races?
Races are held on Sunday and are usually spaced two weeks apart. Here’s the entire schedule, all times ET.
F1 2023 schedule
|March 5||Bahrain GP||10 a.m. ET|
|March 19||Saudi Arabian GP||1 p.m. ET|
|April 2||Australian GP||1 a.m. ET|
|April 30||Azerbaijan GP||7 a.m. ET|
|May 7||Miami GP||3:30 p.m. ET|
|May 21||Romagna GP||9 a.m. ET|
|May 28||Monaco GP||9 a.m. ET|
|June 4||Spanish GP||9 a.m. ET|
|June 18||Canadian GP||2 p.m. ET|
|July 2||Austrian GP||9 a.m. ET|
|July 9||British GP||10 a.m. ET|
|July 23||Hungarian GP||9 a.m. ET|
|July 30||Belgian GP||9 a.m. ET|
|Aug. 27||Dutch GP||9 a.m. ET|
|Sept. 3||Italian GP||9 a.m. ET|
|Sept. 17||Singapore GP||8 a.m. ET|
|Sept. 24||Japanese GP||1 a.m. ET|
|Oct. 8||Qatar GP||1 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 22||United States GP||3 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 29||Mexican GP||4 p.m. ET|
|Nov. 5||Brazil GP||12 p.m. ET|
|Nov. 19||Las Vegas GP||1 a.m. ET|
|Nov. 26||Abu Dhabi GP||8 a.m ET|
How to watch F1 online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the race locally, you may need a different way to watch the race — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on race day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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Livestream F1 racing in the UK
F1 in the UK is shown on Sky Sports and Channel 4 — Sky Sports airs the races, while Channel 4 gets practice rounds and qualifying. If you already have Sky Sports as part of your TV package, you can stream the game via its app, but cord-cutters will need to get the Sky Entertainment and Netflix package starting at £26 per month, plus an additional £20 per month to include Sky Sports.
Race weekends normally start on Friday with multiple practice runs and continue on Saturday with qualifying. The races themselves take place Sunday. ESPN typically airs practices and qualifying on a mix of ESPN 2 and ESPNews, while the races tend to air on ESPN. F1 events in North America often land on ABC.
Here are some of the best ways to catch the entire race weekend without cable.