Over the years, the fan following for motorsport events have increased tenfold. However, the reason behind this massive rise is due to only a handful of racing events and championships, one of which is the Formula One World Championship.
The Formula One World Championship is a series of different motor racing events that take place throughout the world and feature Formula One cars. This year, we have the 2020 Formula One World Championship, which is going to be the 71st edition of the tournament.
The first Grand Prix of the 2020 championship, Australian Grand Prix, is set to take place on March 15, 2020 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne. So for all those who are interested in watching the championship live and online, we are here to help. Here is a guide on how you can watch all of these upcoming races live and online from anywhere in the world.
|Fuji TV Next||Japan|
|Channel 4||United Kingdom|
|F1 TV Pro||Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Hungary, Austria|
Even though several different channels have the rights to broadcast the upcoming F1 World Championship, there are still many countries where you can’t find a reliable stream. Furthermore, some countries like Germany, for instance, offer only pay to stream services. So, to help those F1 fans out who can’t find a stream or are not willing to pay for the service, here is how you can watch the F1 World Championship for free.
Here is the complete schedule for the upcoming World Championship:
|Round||Grand Prix||Circuit||Race Date|
|1||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||15 March|
|2||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||22 March|
|3||Vietnamese Grand Prix||Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi||5 April|
|4||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai||19 April|
|5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort||3 May|
|6||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló||10 May|
|7||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||24 May|
|8||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit, Baku||7 June|
|9||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal||14 June|
|10||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||28 June|
|11||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||5 July|
|12||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||19 July|
|13||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||2 August|
|14||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||30 August|
|15||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||6 September|
|16||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore||20 September|
|17||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||27 September|
|18||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka||11 October|
|19||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas||25 October|
|20||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||1 November|
|21||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||15 November|
|22||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||29 November|
We asked some F1 Fans about their expectations for the upcoming F1 2020 season. Here is what they had to say:
Rex Mutero , who works at Paramount Pictures and is a F1 fan says “I think it is going to be a very interesting season from a drivers standings point of view otherwise on track the beat goes on. I strongly feel Lando Norris in that Mclaren will emulate Lewis Hamilton’s debut season in 2007. Leclerc will definitely be Seb’s toughest teammate yet because they will both vying for the WDC.
Mercedes’ perennial tyre problems will hinder them but not as in 2013. Red Bull are not going to be front runners, they are going to be held back by the engine. Will manage to win a few races. Gasly will match Max but Max will be favoured. Renault will be stronger than last season. Riccardo will show Hulkenberg how to be on the podium. Kvyat will be the same old Kvyat. Haas Drivers will waste a really good car again. Kimi will be boring on track and off. Mclaren will announce that Fernando Alonso will return for the 2020 season and partner Lando Norris.”
Henny Triskaidekaman, Formula 1 enthusiast since 2004, shared her predictions after Australian FP. She expects “Lewis Hamilton will face more serious challenge from Valtteri Bottas. Circulating news about public concern on boring F1 resurfaces again (similar with 2013–14). Plus, Lewis already collected five titles under his name. I believe he doesn’t loosen his grip on eyeing the sixth title, but Valtteri is still there to give him some hurdles.
Charles Leclerc will seriously challenge Sebastian Vettel in an unexpected fashion. Seb might lose this battle and he will face imminent declining career. Seb often face mentality problem when he team-mated younger driver (last time it was Ricciardo in ‘14). This time, Charles who only carries responsibility to show his true potential as Ferrari future will face Sebastian who is under threat of declining career after his title number surpassed by Lewis. Australian team-order showed it all in a nutshell. That team-order thing, too. I am sure someday Sebastian will be angry about something related to team-order, may be in June or July.
Max Verstappen will seriously challenge for the World Driver Title. Without a doubt, his bold movement on Sebastian in Australian GP and his dominancy towards Pierre (Gasly) have wrapped the potential up. Fernando Alonso is announced to return to F1 2020 someday in the summer. I still cannot predict where he would land (but I believe Red Bull wouldn’t sign him due to age and behavioral problem), but that Honda re-challenging thing will force Fernando to rethink his decision.
One of Albon or Giovinazzi is going to stripped out before end of season. Considering Russell and Norris are British rookie drivers, in which can put them in “safer situations”, there are Albon and Giovinazzi left as rookie drivers who might be more vulnerable against stripping.
Williams will be plunged further. George Russell is apparently better than Robert Kubica in Australia, considering Kubica has some problems that enforced him to pit 3 times in that race. But if Australian GP performance has shown Williams’ true power, then the future for Williams this season will be as dim as last season.
World Driver Title will be confirmed before last race (again) and World Constructor Title will be confirmed about two races before World Driver Title. Overall, the races will be so-so like last season, with some new surprises from dynamics of driver changes and team-mate competition thing.”
Formula 1 fan Dany Bravo thinks that Vettel will win the championship this year. “There will be close points gap between the top 4. Haas will give a tough fight to Renault if its drivers stay focused. Williams will fail again, with McLaren and Racing Point finishing last 3. I don’t expect much from Rookies. Charles Lecrec and Pierce Gasly will be able to impress.
Personally I don’t want easy contest for drivers and constructors. There should be a close fight and different podium winners in every race. This will be possible with Ricciardo and Kimi.”
Clemens Sehi is a German F1 fan and Vettel’s supporter. He expects a lot from the 2019 Formula 1 season, but not to be any more exciting. It will be pretty much the same, I guess, with Mercedes going into this year as the favourite. Anyways, I hope that it will be closer than last year. It would be great for the whole sport. I think that an important point is the new halo head protection system, that will be introduced this season. It will surely make a significant visual impact to F1. But will it also be an impact when it comes to results as well? I can only hope so.
Terrance Charles , is a massive Formula 1 follower since 2002 and supports Ferrari. He says “New season is expected to be a thriller especially this is the 4th year of the new Turbo – Hybrid regulations, hence the playing field is expected to be alot closer. The pecking order is not going to change however as a avid F1 enthusiast, i can see Red Bull chasing Mclaren from the get go and Ferrari not far behind.”
Mertol Shahin, from Bulgaria is a F1 fan since 1997 has briefly but abruptly described the current situation of constructor’s championship “Redbull doesn’t have the engine, Ferrari doesn’t have the drivers. I expect Mercedes winning both titles again.”
Gautam Sharma , and Indian student and Formula 1 fan says “I expect Lewis Hamilton to dominate and win the Drivers Championship with Mercedes wrapping up the constructors championship. Vettel is going to give a tough fight along with Red Bull.”
Ben Smith , F1 fanboy for the last 25 years supports Mercedes and says “A Mercedes 1/2 in the drivers championship – Hamilton will be given No. 1 status – I honestly think this is the hang up in his new contract, he wants it but Toto wants to keep the same rivalry. There is no way they will let brand Hamilton go.
Red Bull will probably make a good show for the first half of the season but will then eat up some grid penalties for new engine parts (so will most Renault powered teams). Loads of new gimmicks will com in to try and arrest a declining tv audience, fundamentally the sport won’t change. Roll on 2021 and new engine/car rules!”
Demostene Neacsiu, working as a Turbocharger Engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas since 2014 has some close insights. “I expect nothing from the season besides a constructor’s 1st place trophy from a team point of view. As of on-track action and Liberty Media’s changes, I don’t like the new logo and the way they are operating the media, it is all very teen-ish and F1 is a mature sport, it should be serious, further more re-enforcing that, grid kids should not be present in front of very secretive, powerful, dangerous and expensive, it’s just not right from my point of view.”
Steve Perry , , from Costa Rica says “I think the beginning of the season will be interesting, but by the end of the season with only a few Mercedes engined cars still running on their third and final engine penalties will basically ruin the championship. Hamilton will win, as expected and the races will be pretty much processional with Mercedes leading Ferrari and Redbull with the rest kind of making up the semi entertaining rear.
I don’t want to sound cynical, but that is the way it will be. The championship is entirely too predictable. The cars are amazing, there are occasionally amazing displays of driving skill and I love technology operating on the edge, but bottom line is there is no real drama in the championship. Maybe qualifying is interesting, but most race days are only interesting to me because of the commentary on the technology and some of the more esoteric strategies. I don’t have much hope that the new ownership will improve the show. In fact it will probably drain the few remaining things I enjoy from it, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, I will watch and get out of it the pieces I love.”
I will be frequently adding more views from the F1 avid fans, journalists and technical analysts. If you have some insights, personal views or big news, feel free to comment below.
Happy Racing Season!