The 2023 F1 season has been dominated by Red Bull Racing so far, with the team winning the first two races of the year, but the Australian Grand Prix on April 2 offers other teams and drivers a chance to progress.
This is the third Formula 1 race of the season after Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and will be held at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit.
You obviously want to know how to watch this Australian Grand Prix and we have all the details to make sure you see it all.
We’ve also got a general guide to watching F1 2023 races if you want advice throughout the season, as well as articles on Netflix F1: Drive to Survive Season 5, how to look at Formula E for an electric equivalent and how to look at the IndyCar Series for the US independent equivalent.
How to watch the Australian F1 Grand Prix in the USA
If you’re in the US, ESPN is your best channel to watch the Australian F1 Grand Prix as they air the race on Sunday April 2nd. Some of the practice and qualifying runs will also be shown on ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN Deportes as well.
If you’re subscribed to one of the best live TV streaming services or a cable plan that offers it, you might already have ESPN and its ancillary channels.
If not Sling TV (in Orange plan at $40 per month), FuboTV ($74.99 per month), Hulu with Live TV ($74.99 per month) and YouTube TV ($72.99 per month) contain all four channels.
Don’t want an expensive cable or live TV subscription just for F1? There’s an alternative, and it’s Formula 1’s own service – subscribe to the Pro option and you’ll be able to stream the race as well as footage from the cars’ onboard cameras. Watch F1 TV here (opens in new tab).
How to watch the Australian F1 Grand Prix in the UK
The Australian Grand Prix is shown in the same UK venue as all other F1 races and that is Sky Sports.
Sky Sports has an entire channel dedicated to F1 called Sky Sports F1 although there will be some breaks over the weekend as the IndyCar series PPG 375 is shown on the same channel and day.
If you don’t currently have Sky Sports, it costs £24 a month on top of your standard Sky TV subscription, allowing you to bundle them for £46. If the only sport you want is F1, you can add that alone on top of Sky TV, which costs an extra £15 a month. Learn more here (opens in new tab).
How to watch the F1 Australian Grand Prix in Australia
Free TV channel TenPlay is showing the Australian F1 Grand Prix this year, so you don’t have to pay to watch the race.
Via Channel Ten’s website (link here (opens in new tab)) allows you to stream the TV channels live to your computer, including F1 racing.
How to watch the Australian F1 Grand Prix everywhere else
If you would like to watch the Australian F1 Grand Prix but are in a location where broadcasts are not readily available, one possible solution to this problem is a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
With a VPN you can change your IP address so you can watch shows or sporting events like F1 and any other shows and events you care about from different locations. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)which is currently the top rated VPN in the world according to our sister site TechRadar.
What you need to know about the Australian F1 Grand Prix
Where is the Australian F1 Grand Prix held?
The Australian Grand Prix takes place at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.
The APC is 5.278 km long in its current layout, which has been in use since 2021. It has 14 corners, making it a lot less twisty than the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which hosted the last race, the Saudia Arabian Grand Prix.
At the 2022 Australian F1 Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc set the current race lap record here, which is 1:20.260.
Who drives the Australian F1 Grand Prix?
Ten teams, each with two drivers, will compete in the 2023 F1 season. You can find them here:
- Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen (Alfa Romeo Ferrari): Zhou Guanyu & Valtteri Bottas
- Scuderia AlphaTauri (AlphaTauri Honda RBPT): Nyck de Vries & Yuki Tsunoda
- BWT Alpine F1 Team (Alpine Fenault): Pierre Gasly & Esteban Ocon
- Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes): Fernando Alonso & Lance Stroll
- Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari): Charles Leclerc & Carlos Sainz Jr.
- MoneyGram Haas F1 Team (Haas-Ferrari): Kevin Magnussen & Nico Julkenberg
- McLaren F1 Team (McLaren Mercedes): Lando Norris & Oscar Piastri
- Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes): Lewis Hamilton & George Russell
- Oracle Red Bull Racing (Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT): Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez
- Williams Racing (Williams-Mercedes): Logan Sargeant & Alexander Albon
What is the schedule for the Australian F1 Grand Prix?
While the Australian Grand Prix, the main event of F1 gaming, takes place on Sunday April 2nd, the entire race takes place throughout the weekend.
The first two training sessions will take place on Friday, March 31st, and the third and qualifying races on Saturday, April 1st.