F1 Australian Grand Prix 2022: Time, TV, schedule, live stream, reddit – how to watch for free and online
Australian Grand Prix: As the global pandemic took hold, the race weekend was postponed and eventually cancelled shortly before the opening practice session, so the 2022 staging of the Australian Grand Prix will mark the first Formula 1 action here since 2019.
Mercedes are set to bring a new rear ring to Albert Park, but will it be enough to take them closer to the leading duo of Ferrari and Red Bull?
Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have a win apiece in 2022, but as Sergio Perez demonstrated in Saudi Arabia, it is no given that the only Verstappen and Leclerc will be fighting for the Australian Grand Prix win.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
How to watch the F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream in the US
As with every F1 race this season, the 2022 Australian Grand Prix live stream will be shown on ESPN. Coverage will be spread across the main ESPN channel, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNEWS, with the race itself on ESPN.
Just bear in mind that time differences for the Australian Grand Prix mean it’s generally on either late at night or very early in the morning. The race starts at 12.55 a.m. ET on Sunday, for instance.
- Practice 1 – Thursday, April 7 – 10.55 p.m. – ESPNEWS/ESPN3
- Practice 2 – Friday, April 8 – 1.55 a.m. – ESPN2
- Practice 3 – Friday, April 8 – 10.55 p.m. – ESPNEWS/ESPN3
- Qualifying – Saturday, April 9 – 1.55 a.m. – ESPN2
- Pre-race show– Saturday, April 9 – 11.30 p.m. – ESPNEWS/ESPN3
- Australian Grand Prix – Sunday, April 10 – 12.55 a.m. – ESPN
There are several ways you can access ESPN — and two of them are among our picks for the best streaming services.
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.
As well as being available through your cable service, 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. 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 22 races this year. Plus you also get Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, and F1’s archive of classic Grands Prix.
How to watch the 2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream in the UK
As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show the 2022 Australian Grand Prix live stream, and in up to 4K resolution. But you’ll have to get up early (or stay up late) to watch it all, as the time difference means that all sessions take place between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., with the race itself starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.
You’ll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch it: 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 or Sky Glass and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, that’d come to at least £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 2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream in Canada
TSN has the Australian Grand Prix live stream in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro also 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.
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 2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream in Australia
The big news for Aussies is that 10play will have FREE live coverage of the Australian Grand Prix, as is fitting for a race in the country.
10play is Australian broadcaster Network 10’s streaming service, and anyone can sign up for it for free. All you need to do is enter your details, including an Australian post code.
Kayo Sports is another option. This service offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25. However, the Australian Grand Prix is actually part of Kayo’s Freebie service, meaning you can watch it from anywhere so long as you sign up for a free account; just bear in mind you’ll need an Australian mobile number.
Where does the 2022 Australian Grand Prix take place?
Located just three kilometres south of central Melbourne, for Formula 1’s visit the city is transformed with Albert Park converted into a challenging street circuit.
Albert Park is steeped in Formula 1 history having also hosted non-World Championship races in the early 1950s and, with the track regularly hosting the first race of the season in past years, has been the circuit where the likes of Sir Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have all made their official Formula 1 debuts.
The Australian Grand Prix also represents Daniel Ricciardo’s home race and he had a grandstand re-named after him in 2016.
With Formula 1 unable to race at Albert Park in 2021, while the 2020 staging of the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled, it allowed for a major renovation of the track to take place.
The average lap time was cut by around five seconds, with the number of corners reduced from 16 to 14, while several of them were reprofiled or widened with the aim of generating more on-track action and overtaking.
Where can I watch the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?
Pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV.
Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will show extended highlights from qualifying and the race.
F1 TV Pro viewers can watch all the live action from Australia. Please check to see if F1 TV Pro is available in your country.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data throughout every session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Australian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports, Network 10
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
How to watch the 2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream for FREE
If you’re lucky enough to live in Australia, Austria or Luxembourg then you can enjoy every second of the F1 Australian Grand Prix live stream for FREE.
That’s because the free-to-air 10play in Australia, RTL Zwee in Luxembourg and ORF in Austria will all be showing every session of the Grand Prix.
But what if you’re usually based in one of those countries but aren’t at home for the Australian Grand Prix live stream? Maybe you’re on holiday and don’t want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you’d usually be able to watch for free at home?
Don’t worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. To take Australia as an option, an Aussie who’s currently outside of the country could tune into 10play for Australian Grand Prix coverage simply by signing up for a free account then using one of the best VPN services. Read on and we’ll show you how to do that.
Starting grid for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull
4 Lando Norris McLaren
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 George Russell Mercedes
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
12 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing
15 Mick Schumacher Haas
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas
17 Sebastian Vettel
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams
19 Lance Stroll Aston Martin*
20 Alex Albon Williams**