The 2017 Formula 1 season continues, with the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on 30 April. The race will consist of 53 laps and will mark the fourth round of the Formula 1 season.
When is the Russian Grand Prix?
The 2017 Russian Grand Prix runs from 28-30 April, with the first two days hosting the qualifying and practice sessions. Practice begins on 28 April (Friday), with further practice and official qualifying for the race taking place on 29 April (Saturday) at 15:00 local time.
The official race of the Russian Grand Prix starts on Sunday 30 April at 15:00 local time (08:00 Eastern Daylight Time or 13:00 British Summer Time).
Where is the Russian Grand Prix?
The venue will be the Sochi Autodrom. The circuit, located in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, is the one and only Formula 1 facility in Russia. The Sochi Autodrom is famous for combining high-speed and technical sections throughout the track. Indeed, Formula 1 drivers have reached nearly 340 km/h between the first and second turns!
Last season’s Formula 1 (and newly retired) champion, Nico Rosberg, set the record for the fastest lap at the Sochi Autodrom, with a 1:39.094 time in 2016.
How to Watch the Russian Grand Prix Online
Looking to watch the Russian Grand Prix online? Let me show you a couple of ways to watch, whether you have an existing cable subscription or you are completely cord-free!
Free Live Stream via Network Ten
Australian broadcaster Network Ten has the rights for ten Formula 1 races in 2017. In addition to broadcasting these ten races on traditional television, Network Ten will also offer a free live stream on Tenplay for viewers to watch online.
The only issue with the free stream on Tenplay is that it is only available to people in Australia. Luckily, using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to tunnel into Australia will allow you to bypass the geo-restriction on Tenplay and stream away. Scroll down to see my step-by-step instructions for using a VPN to watch Network Ten online.
Foxtel Play Stream – Free Two-week Trial
The Australian subsidiary of Fox Network, Foxtel, will also be showing most races of the Formula 1 season. Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Play, will be responsible for showing the races online. Unfortunately, Foxtel Play is in the same boat as Tenplay, with the service only available to Australian residents. Viewers outside of Australia will need to use a VPN to unblock the regional restrictions on Foxtel Play.
Foxtel Play starts at AU$10 a month, with different channels and add-on tiers available if you want more content. There is a two-week free trial available if you are trying out Foxtel Play for the first time – great news if you want to stream the Russian Grand Prix for free!
UK Viewers – Sky Sports
The Russian Grand Prix will be shown in the UK on Sky Sports and streamed live on Sky Sports Go. Sky Sports and Sky Sports Go both require a subscription, with daily, weekly, and monthly passes available.
Already have a Sky Sports subscription but travelling outside the UK? You will need a VPN to watch! Keep scrolling to see how to unblock Sky Sports with a VPN.
US Viewers – NBC Sports
NBC has the broadcasting rights for Formula 1 in the US, with NBC Sports streaming all the races of the upcoming season online for free! However, the catch with streaming NBC Sports online is that you will need a US cable subscription.
As is this case with Sky Sports, US citizens with access to NBC Sports will need a VPN to access the stream when travelling abroad.
How to Watch the Russian Grand Prix Online: Step-by-step Guide
- Pick one of the streaming options I’ve highlighted above.
- Choose from our top recommended VPNs for streaming sports or check out my personal favorite, ExpressVPN!
- Download and install the VPN software you have chosen on your internet-connected device.
- Connect to a VPN server in Australia (to stream Network Ten or Foxtel Play), the US (for NBC Sports) or the UK (for Sky Sports).
- Head over to your chosen streaming option. Sign up and complete any registration or payment with the service (if necessary).
- Start streaming the Russian Grand Prix online!
Russian Grand Prix Conclusion
Current Season Standings
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are neck and neck in the standings, with both claiming first-place finishes so far this season. While both are early favorites, could last year’s runner-up Kimi Raikkonen make the standings even more interesting? Another intriguing pick is young Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who surprised many with a fourth-place finish in last year’s Russian Grand Prix.
With 2016’s Formula 1 (and Russian Grand Prix) champ Nico Rosberg retiring, it will be interesting to see who will fill the German’s shoes this season. The UK’s Lewis Hamilton, Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, and Dutch prodigy Max Verstappen look to be early favorites for the 2017 F1 crown.
The 2017 Russian Grand Prix ushers in a new era in Formula 1, with the incomparable Bernie Ecclestone recently leaving his position as chief executive of the Formula One Group. As a result, wide-scale changes to the Formula 1 scene are guaranteed, with wider cars and tires already being tested to make the races even faster!
The next race of the 2017 Formula One season will be the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on 14 May. Stay in touch to find out how you can stream the race online for free!
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