It's been an incident packed 2021 Formula One season so far, but can this weekend's action in Sochi live up to the controversial drama of provided in Italy last time out? Don't miss a moment with all the information on how to watch a F1 Russian Grand Prix live stream below.
Max Verstappen starts the race as the leader in the standings, but it remains a tiny advantage of just five points between the Belgian/Dutch driver and defending champ, Lewis Hamilton.
The pair dramatically collided at Monza a fortnight ago with stewards sanctioning Verstappen with a three-place grid penalty for this Sunday's race in Russia after he was adjudged to have been "predominantly" responsible for the collision.
We've got all the info on how to live stream F1 at the Russian Grand Prix no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. And if you happen to be outside of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster of F1, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions.
What time can I live stream the F1 2021 Russian Grand Prix?
The action is set to take place at the Sochi Autodrom, Sirius, in Russia on Sunday, September 26.
The green light is set to get lit at 3pm local time (MST), which is 1pm BST / 2pm CET / 8am ET / 5am PT / 10pm AEST / 2am NZST (on Monday morning).
FREE F1 live stream options around the world
We're glad to see that not everywhere in the world has their F1 live stream behind a paywall. Certain races are still available to watch for free.
From our research, we can see that the following countries and broadcasters will be showing the Russian Grand Prix for free: Albania on RTSH, Austria on ORF Eins, Azerbaijan on Idman TV, Brazil on Band, Germany on RTL, Iran on MBC Persia, Luxembourg on RTL Zwee, Middle East and North Africa on MBC Action, and Russia on Match TV.
How to live stream F1 2021 Russian Grand Prix if you're abroad
If you're out of the country for this weekend's action from Sochi you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions.
With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of Sky, ESPN and TSN when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.
ExpressVPN is our pick of VPN providers - With its consistent high speeds, and wealth of security features, alongside its ability to unlock geo-restricted content, you can live stream this weekend's Grand Prix with ExpressVPN.
Better still, it offers new customers a 30-day money back guarantee, allowing you to give it a go and find out if it's actually the service for you before you well and truly part with your hard-earned dollar. Better still, right now you can save 49% and receive an additional 3 months with your plan for free.
How to live stream F1 2021 Russian Grand Prix in the UK
You can catch Round 13 of the 2021 Formula One season with a Russian Grand Prix live stream via Sky Sports F1 and online on the Sky Go app. Motor racing fans are able to catch all of the action live and in 4K from 12.55pm BST.
How to live stream F1 2021 Russian Grand Prix in the US
Formula One fans are now well-served by F1 TV and its unparalleled coverage. Its F1 TV Pro package gives you access to every race of the season live, as well as highlight reels and classic races from years gone by. The top tier offering also includes F2, F3, and Porsche Supercup coverage. The US subscription costs $79.99.
ESPN will also be offering comprehensive coverage of this season's action live in the US, with this race set to start Stateside on the network at 8am ET / 5am PT.
That means there's plenty of options for tuning in, but arguably the best for those wanting to watch an F1 live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels, now just $10 for your first month.
If you're already an ESPN subscriber, but are abroad during the 2021 F1 season, don't forget that you can still tune in like you're at home with the help of a good VPN.
How to live stream the 2021 F1 Russian Grand Prix anywhere else in the world
No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there's an F1 Russian Grand Prix live stream option for this race waiting for you.
If you don't mind staying up late Down Under, Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including this weekend's action from the Sochi Autodrom. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers can also watch online. Kayo Sports is currently offering a handy 14-day free trial- after that, you'll be on a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35. Green light time for the Russian GP is at 10pm AEST on Sunday night.
New Zealanders can live stream all of this year's F1 races via pay TV streaming platform Spark Sport. Spark Sport usually costs $19.99 per month, but if you only want to watch this weekend's race, you're in luck, as there's a 7-day free trial. The Russian Grand Prix will start at 12am NZST on Sunday night/Monday morning.
Canadian F1 followers can watch the action on English-language channel TSN or French-language channel RDS , with both premium channels offering livestreams online to subscribers. If you're not a cable customer, you can also watch the race online via the TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services which cost just CA$4.99 a day or the much better value of $19.99 a month. The Russian Grand Prix starts at 8am ET / 5am PT for Canadian viewers this Sunday.
French and Dutch motor racing fans can watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month, while Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 race this season after taking over the rights from national broadcaster RTL (which is still showing four races for free, including the Russian Grand Prix).
Sky Italia will be showing all 2021 season F1 action in Italy - which means motor racing fans in the region can stream every GP live via Sky's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99.
The Russian GP is all set to start on Sunday at 2pm CET.
How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions
If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream the F1 the Russian Grand Prix as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.
- VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anomality as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
- As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
- Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
- When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for Mac, VPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
- Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it.
- To live stream the F1 the Russian Grand Prix, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions with the likes of Sky Sports or Sling TV opening its online gates to you.
- We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee.