Formula One racing is European auto racing that began in the 1920s. Since then, the races have seen various changes over the years. This year, the season starts on March 25th in Australia, and ends on November 25th in Abu Dhabi. There are many questions that linger for the season, and you can bet this year will be as exciting as previous years. There are several options in watching race coverage, but you can watch from anywhere with a VPN.
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For the last several years, the British racer, Lewis Hamilton, has been the dominant force in Formula One Racing. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, has been second. Clearly, the Mercedes team has been the team to beat. Curiously, the car setups of the two racers are remarkably similar. In other words, it comes down to driving styles.
Typically, Hamilton has been the one to win races with his more tactile feel on racing. That is not the case with the mechanical Rosberg. Will Hamilton be able to dominate the field again? Will someone else step up to challenge the British racer? Could Nico Rosberg take over the crown held by Hamilton? Will Max Verstappen become more of a force? These questions plus a few more will all be answered this season. Here is a list of the races and dates.
|1||Australian Grand Prix||March 25||1:00am ET||ESPN2||Vettel|
|2||Bahrain Grand Prix||April 8||11:00am ET||ESPN2||Vettel|
|3||Chinese Grand Prix||April 15||2:00am ET||ESPN2||Ricciardo|
|4||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||April 29||8:00am ET||ESPN2|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||May 13||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|6||Monaco Grand Prix||May 27||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|7||Canadian Grand Prix||June 10||2:00pm ET||ESPN|
|8||French Grand Prix||June 24||10:00am ET||ESPN2|
|9||Austrian Grand Prix||July 1||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|10||British Grand Prix||July 8||9:00am ET||ESPN|
|11||German Grand Prix||July 22||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|12||Hungarian Grand Prix||July 29||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|13||Belgian Grand Prix||August 26||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|14||Italian Grand Prix||September 2||9:00am ET||ESPN2|
|15||Singapore Grand Prix||September 16||8:00am ET||ESPN2|
|16||Russian Grand Prix||September 30||7:00am ET||ESPN2|
|17||Japanese Grand Prix||October 7||1:00am ET||ESPN2|
|18||United States Grand Prix||October 21||2:00pm ET||ABC|
|19||Mexican Grand Prix||October 28||3:00pm ET||ABC|
|20||Brazilian Grand Prix||November 11||12:00am ET||ESPN2|
|21||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||November 25||8:00am ET||ESPN2|
To watch these races, you have a few options. Formula One is a big industry, so we also have a list of channels that will be broadcasting the races below. Some are free, others are premium channels.
|Croatia||MAXtv To Go||Yes||Croatian|
|Japan||Fuji TV Next||Yes||Japanese|
|Spain||Antena 3 / Esport 3||Yes||Spanish|
|United Kingdom||Channel 4||No||English|
|United States||ESPN Play||Yes||English|
You won’t want to miss a moment of these epic races, and you don’t have to, as long as you are using a VPN. Now we will talk about how you can view them online from anywhere. Below, we will use BBC coverage. That is because their coverage is very thorough, and has many special features like in-car race timing and others.
How to Use a VPN to Watch Formula One Races
To show you how easy this is, we will use IPVanish to demonstrate this process. The first thing you need to do is download the IPVanish client. For desktop users, they provide Linux, Windows, and Mac solutions. If you want to watch races on the go, they offer apps for iOS and Android as well.
Once you pick your method, we can begin. Go ahead and launch the IPVanish client, and select a server location. This is a pretty easy process, but we’ll walk you through how to do it by using our Windows client.
- Select a server location. For BBC race coverage, you must use a server in the UK. As we mentioned, that is because you would be geo-blocked outside of the region. Because of that, you can see we chose a server in London
- If you can, you should always pick OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming races or videos, you will want to use OpenVPN (UDP). If you have a problem with connection issues, you have the option of switching to OpenVPN (TCP). Though they support PPTP and L2TP, we still recommend OpenVPN for the best privacy protection and speed.
- Next, click connect. In a few moments, you’ll see the button in the top right hand corner change from red to green and show “Disconnect”. That means you are connected. You would normally notice the server location and IP address show up at the top of the client as well, but we blocked that out in this case.
- If anyone was to look at your IP address, you show up in the UK. That will give you access to any UK site, just as if you are sitting in London. If you connected to a US server, or any other server in the world, you could expect the same type of result.
And it is just that simple to do. Watching the race on BBC Sports is easy, using this method. If you are from the US and have access to a login, you may login to ESPN Play to watch coverage of the 2018 Formula One races.
As you can see, VPN services open gateways to content that would normally be geo-blocked. In addition to watching the races, if you live outside the United States, the service can help you access popular US services like Hulu, and Pandora. Of course, you will need an account for things like Hulu, but a VPN grant you access to the service. The same could be said about any location.
Enjoy all the excitement of the 2018 Formula One races, and watch to see if our two favorite competitors will match the excitement of previous seasons. Can Hamilton keep up his dominance, or will he have to relinquish the crown. By sharing this post with your friends, they can enjoy the Formula One season from anywhere with you. Make sure to follow us @VPNFan for the guides and VPN deals.