The Russian Grand Prix will take place on September 30, 2018. Once again, the race will be held on the Sochi Olympic grounds. The practice rounds will be run on Friday and Saturday, the 28th and 29th of September, with the final race being run on Sunday, September 30th. In the US, coverage for this race will begin @ 14:10 on ESPN2. If you are outside the US or do not have a cable or satellite subscription, you could enjoy this race from anywhere with a VPN.
Since Putin became president of Russia in 2001, he has expressed an interest in returning the Russian Grand Prix to the Formula One racing schedule. During construction of the Olympic venues in Sochi, his vision was finally realized. The first race around this new circuit was first held in 2014, marking 100 years since the last Russian Grand Prix, and only the 4th time the race had been run. Here is a look at the other races this year.
|1||Bahrain Grand Prix||28 March||Sakhir||Hamilton|
|2||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||18 April||Imola||Verstappen|
|3||Portuguese Grand Prix||2 May||Portimão||Hamilton|
|4||Spanish Grand Prix||9 May||Montmeló||Hamilton|
|5||Monaco Grand Prix||23 May||Monte Carlo||Verstappen|
|6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||6 June||Baku||Pérez|
|7||French Grand Prix||20 June||Le Castellet||Verstappen|
|8||Styrian Grand Prix||27 June||Spielberg||Verstappen|
|9||Austrian Grand Prix||4 July||Spielberg||Verstappen|
|10||British Grand Prix||18 July||Silverstone||Hamilton|
|11||Hungarian Grand Prix||1 August||Mogyoród|
|12||Belgian Grand Prix||29 August||Stavelot|
|13||Dutch Grand Prix||5 September||Zandvoort|
|14||Italian Grand Prix||12 September||Monza|
|15||Russian Grand Prix||26 September||Sochi|
|16||Turkish Grand Prix||3 October||Istanbul|
|17||Japanese Grand Prix||10 October||Suzuka|
|18||United States Grand Prix||24 October||Austin, Texas|
|19||Mexico City Grand Prix||31 October||Mexico City|
|20||São Paulo Grand Prix||7 November||São Paulo|
|21||Australian Grand Prix||21 November||Melbourne|
|22||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||5 December||Jeddah|
|23||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||12 December||Abu Dhabi|
Interestingly, the only car company to win the Russian Grand Prix is Mercedes-Benz. Lewis Hamilton has won 2 of the 4 races run in modern times. Now that Rosberg has retired the field is more wide open. Sebastian Vettel is doing well this year and will definitely give the other racers a run for their money. He wants to become the first racer to win with a different automaker. This race in Sochi will be a turning point because it will help to add to the field of competitors.
Getting back to the race, let’s have a look at Internet channels streaming races this season:
|Croatia||MAXtv To Go||Yes||Croatian|
|Japan||Fuji TV Next||Yes||Japanese|
|Spain||Antena 3 / Esport 3||Yes||Spanish|
|United Kingdom||Channel 4 (replays)||No||English|
|United States||ESPN Play||Yes||English|
If you already have access to one of the streaming channels above then you’re all set. Just remember to use a VPN if you plan to be outside the country on the day of the race. We like using Channel 4 to watch Formula 1 races. That is because they include wonderful features and coverage all weekend. They are streaming the F1 races this year and you can expect great coverage.
While Formula One grows in popularity, we continue to learn about the fine art of streaming live races. The key is gaining access to the right channel or service. You will need a VPN to get around any geographic restrictions if you want to watch specific coverage, and since streaming services are launching at a record pace, your options are always increasing.
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