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Gentlemen, start your engines: Here’s how to watch Formula 1 racing online

Every Grand Prix event is like a Super Bowl, All-Star Game, and championship party rolled into one. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you merely need to remember there are 20 of them each year, scattered across some of the most vibrant and affluent cities in the world. From Monaco to Abu Dhabi, you won’t want to miss even a tenth of a second when it comes to engine roars and tire squeals. However, although only the best in the world are allowed to get behind the wheel of the fastest cars on the planet, there are a number of ways to stay up to date on one of the few driving sports that actually gives NASCAR a run for its money — even without the allure of a trained assassin for an ex.

Streaming options

NBC Formula 1 Live Extra
(Web | iOS | Google Play | Windows Phone)

NBC_logoIf you really want to watch Formula 1 racing online and see everything as it unfolds live, then you’ll likely have to opt for NBC. Doing so allows you stream all of the live coverage, that is, so long as you have a compatible cable or satellite TV package.

While NBC disperses the event coverage to a number of different networks, such as CNBC and NBCSN, each is available for viewing on the NBC Sports site or within either the accompanying iOS or Android app. The software is free to download, however, you’ll still need a valid username or password from your television service provider. Once obtained, you can watch each Grand Prix race live from anywhere you have an Internet connection and connected device.

Other resources

Formula 1 subreddit

reddit-alienWhile the Formula 1 subreddit offers a few streaming options that are further from the beaten path, it mainly serves as a great resource for discussion and information regarding the world of Formula 1 racing. The user-curated news and updates provide an excellent backdrop for arguing about which constructor brought the best sidepods of the year, or which driver exhibits the best consistency. On top of that, each Grand Prix features a dedicated thread for discussing the event, one in which users from every fanbase squabble and root for their team while chiding others.

Even if you don’t typically watch Formula 1, you’ll find Reddit’s active user base eager to bring newcomers into the fold, along with a wealth of non-F1 related topics you easily spend an entire afternoon perusing — if you can find the time.

Official Formula 1 site

F1LogoIf you want spot-on information, you have to go straight to the source. The official Formula 1 site currently doesn’t offer live streaming for any price, though, it does offer a wealth of information on the various teams, constructors, and previous tournaments. The site compensates for the lack of live video with constant highlights, edited shots of the best moments for each team and event, and robust photo galleries of the individual cars and drivers.

Really want to get in on the action? If you sign up for a free account on the Formula 1 site, you can access the same live timing app that the teams use to monitor their drivers in the pits. You’ll get up-to-the-second competition data, vehicle information, and even notes from pit crews and coaches as the race progresses.

Questionable streaming sites

Should you find turning from the main highway onto the dirt trails of unofficial streaming, you may find the road conditions are a little unsavory. There’s a good chance your computer could end up with a flat tire given the onslaught of malicious software, barrage of advertisements, spyware risks, and bandwidth stress you’re likely to encounter along the way. Make sure to never install third-party software from any of these sites, and moreover, don’t be tempted to click on ads promising free tire changes. No good can come of it.

Note: As a rule of thumb, never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or to install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links that could infect your computer with viruses.