Formula 1’s 2020 season whizzes on, stopping just outside of Budapest this week for the iconic Hungarian Grand Prix. Mercedes will be hoping to continue its perfect start to the season, which saw team-mates Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton win on back-to-back weekends in Austria to start the campaign. Can the dynamic duo do it again? Read on as our guide explains how to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix with an F1 live stream, plus this weekend’s full F1 schedule – including details of all practice and qualifying sessions.
Hamilton is the hot favourite heading into the race as he continues his quest for a record-equalling seventh F1 Drivers’ Championship, which would put him alongside the legendary Michael Schumacher. The Brit kickstarted his season in last week’s Styrian Grand Prix – finishing first at the Red Bull Ring – after a disappointing start to the season saw him fail to make the podium in the first race. Moreover, he won the Hungarian Grand Prix last year, so he’s got form on this track – the Hungaroring in Mogyoród, just outside of Budapest.
But there’s a youth movement underway in F1 this season, with 22-year-old Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 22-year-old Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), and 20-year old Lando Norris (McClaren) all looking to upset the pecking order and dethrone the reigning F1 champion at every opportunity. In fact, Verstappen and Norris made the podium at the Austrian Grand Prix, with Hamilton finishing fourth after absorbing a five-second penalty.
Mercedes stablemate Valtteri Bottas also poses a threat from within and currently tops the F1 standings – albeit after only two races – on 43 points. It’s shaping up to be a fascinating Formula 1 season, so read on as we explain how to get an F1 live stream from the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend and watch all the action online as it happens.
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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix schedule and start times
Practice 1 – Friday, July 17 at 10am BST / 11am CEST / 5am ET / 2am PT
Practice 2 – Friday, July 17 at 1.45pm BST / 2.45pm CEST / 8.45am ET / 5.45am PT
Practice 3 – Saturday, July 18 at 10.45am BST / 11.45am CEST / 5.45am ET / 2.45am PT
Hungarian GP Qualifying – Saturday, July 18 at 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 9am ET / 6am PT
Hungarian GP 2020 – Sunday, July 19 at 2.10pm BST / 3.10pm CEST / 9.10am ET / 6.10am PT
Watch F1 live and stream the Hungarian Grand Prix from outside your country
If you’re resident in the UK, US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you can scroll a bit further down for a guide to who’s showing the Formula 1 Hungarian GP in your country. But if you’re abroad for whatever reason, you might encounter a problem accessing your normal coverage in the form of geo-blocking.
You needn’t worry, though – by using one of the best VPN services we recommend, you can whizz around these digital borders and tune in to a reliable Hungarian Grand Prix live stream, just like you would at home. Here’s how to get started.
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How to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix: live stream F1 in the UK
This year, there is next-to-no free live coverage of the F1 as Sky has nabbed the rights to Formula 1, meaning you’ll be able to see it all via Sky Sports and its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app , which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles.
For those without Sky, the best option is to nab a Now TV Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which includes all 11 channels.
Much like last weekend, coverage of the main race begins on the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel at 1pm Sunday for the Hungarian Grand Prix (expected 2.10pm start time), while qualifying starts on Saturday at 1pm ahead of a 2pm start, and those wanting to watch the practice sessions should tune in just before the times listed above.
To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you’ll need to download a good VPN as detailed above.
How to get an F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in the US
For the 2020 F1 season, it’s ESPN that will be providing broadcasts in the US. Cord cutters are in luck, too, as you don’t have to use cable to access ESPN.
Over-the-top streaming services let you watch TV over an internet connection and can typically be had for a fraction of the cost of even the most basic cable package.
When it comes to getting ESPN, two in particular standout.
Watch ESPN without cable – option 1
Sling TV’s Orange package includes ESPN and offers a FREE 14-day trial period before billing you at $30 a month. If you just want access to ESPN and the F1 action, this is the cheapest way to go.
Watch ESPN without cable – option 2
For a more complete cable replacement solution, consider Hulu + Live TV, which costs $54.99 but comes with over 65 channels including ESPN as well as Hulu’s full line-up of original and on demand content. It’s got a FREE 1-week trial going at the moment, too, so check it out.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2020: US times and TV coverage
ESPN’s coverage of the F1 Hungarian GP is pretty comprehensive with almost identical timings as last weekend’s action: so this Sunday you can watch the Styrian Grand Prix live from 9.10am ET on ESPN (build-up starts at 8am), while qualifying action goes live on TV at around 8.55am ahead of a 9am start. For the truly dedicated, practice sessions will go on-air just before the start times listed above.
For anyone abroad
US residents heading outside of the country can still access the feed they normally use and pay for by using a VPN as per the method described above.
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How to watch an F1 Hungarian GP live stream in Canada
In Canada, 2020 F1 races are aired a pair of Bell Media-owned sports broadcasters: the English-language TSN and its French-language counterpart RDS. Check your local listings for linear TV details, but those wanting to watch online are well-served by their digital platforms.
The TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services cost just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month and can be purchased by anyone, regardless of whether you have the channels as part of a pay TV package – though existing subscribers should note they can log in to live streams at no extra charge with details of their provider. They both also offer apps for convenient on-the-go streaming.
The Hungarian Grand Prix starts at 9.10am ET/6.10am PT this Sunday, with qualifying action the day before on Saturday, July 18 starting at 9am ET/6am PT. Practice times are listed above and coverage is also being offered, going live just before the start of each session.
Canadians abroad can use a VPN to whizz back to the Great White North and watch the streaming coverage they normally do at home – only from anywhere in the world.
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How to watch F1 and get a Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in Australia
Paid-for service Fox Sports is showing every race of the 2020 Formula 1 season, including this second weekend of action from Austria, with the service available to Foxtel subscribers via linear TV.
However, Australians can also live stream F1 action without pay TV via great value Kayo Sports , which will give you access to Fox Sports coverage of Formula 1 without a length contract or eye-watering price.
In fact, it’s available from just $25 a month – and it comes with a FREE 2-week trial period so you can see how it works for yourself. It’s also home to comprehensive NRL and AFL coverage, making it a great all-around choice for Aussies.
For the best value, consider the upgraded Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month. We probably don’t need to tell you, but if you’ve got mates or family who also like to watch F1, this can be shared and breaks at just over a tenner a head.
This Sunday, you can watch the Hungarian GP live from 10pm AEST. Coverage starts with the first practice runs on Friday, June 3 at 7pm AEST. On Saturday, Practice 3 will be shown at 7.45pm, followed by Qualifying at 10.30pm (11pm start). On Sunday July 5, you can watch the Hungarian GP live from 10pm.
Don’t forget, you can take your coverage abroad with you as well – just grab a VPN and follow our instructions above to take your streaming service of choice with you wherever you go in the world.
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How to get an F1 Hungarian GP live stream in New Zealand
New Zealand will get the 2020 F1 races broadcast by Spark Sport which costs $19.99 per month. But if you just want to catch one race for free, you’re in luck as there is a 7-day free trial.
The Hungarian Grand Prix 2020 will be on-air from 12.30am NZST on Sunday night/Monday morning.
Should you go elsewhere in the world and want to still sign-in to watch your subscription you can, then using one of our best VPN recommendations should have you covered.