The 2017 Formula 1 season continues with the Hungarian Prix at the historic Hungaroring on 30 July. The 70-lap contest will be the eleventh race of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
What is the Hungarian Grand Prix Start Time?
The 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend takes place from Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July. The first two days host the practice and qualifying sessions.
Friday 28 July
Practice 1: 10:00 – 11:30 CEST
Practice 2: 14:00 – 15:30 CEST
Saturday 29 July
Practice 3: 11:00 – 12:00 CEST
Qualifying: 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
Sunday 30 July
Hungarian Grand Prix: 14:00 CEST
Want to watch the race outside of Hungary? US viewers can expect an 08:00 EST start on the east coast. F1 fans in Australia are looking at a 10:00 AEST start on Sunday night. Viewers in the UK can tune in at 13:00 BST.
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Where is the Hungarian Grand Prix Located?
The venue will be the Hungaroring, near the small town of Mogyoród, 18 km northeast of Budapest. The twisty circuit has been in use since 1986, when Bernie Ecclestone managed to restore the Grand Prix to Hungary (for the first time since it was canceled in 1937). It has been an F1 staple since then, hosting some of the most exciting races of the year.
The 70-lap race starts and ends on a long straight, but is well known for its treacherously windy sectors. Michael Schumacher has held the lap record of 1:19.071 since 2002. Last year’s Hungarian GP winner was Lewis Hamilton, who won with the fastest racing lap of 1:40:30.115.
How to Watch the Hungarian Grand Prix Online
Looking to watch the Hungarian Prix online? Then allow me to show you a couple of ways you can watch, either with an existing cable subscription or completely free!
Free Live Stream Via Network Ten
Australian broadcaster Network Ten has the rights for ten Formula 1 races in 2017. Sadly, however, the Hungarian Grand Prix is not one of the races that are being shown live in Australia. For that reason, Australians will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to watch the race live.
Free on the UK’s Channel 4
The UK’s terrestrial channel 4 is also only showing half of the Grand Prix season. It won’t be showing the Hungarian Grand Prix, so you won’t be able to view it on the UK’s terrestrial feed. This also means UK residents will need a VPN to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix (unless they watch it on Sky).
Foxtel Play Stream – Free Two-week Trial
The Australian subsidiary of Fox Network, Foxtel, is showing every practice, qualifying session, and live race of this year’s Formula 1 season. Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Play, shows the races online. Foxtel Play is geo-restricted to Australian residents only, so a VPN is necessary to watch the race outside Australia. Click this link to see how to unblock Foxtel Play.
Foxtel Play is priced from 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 Hungarian Grand Prix for free!
UK Viewers – Sky Sports
The Hungarian 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 traveling outside of the UK? Then you’ll need a VPN to watch! Scroll down to see how to unblock Sky Sports with a VPN.
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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. To stream NBC Sports online, you’ll need a US cable subscription.
As is this case with the UK’s Sky Sports, US citizens with access to NBC Sports will need a VPN to access the stream from outside of the US.
US Viewers – Sling TV
An absolutely fantastic option for people who want to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix from anywhere in the world is the US online cable subscription service Sling TV. Sling TV subscribers get a free seven-day trial of the service. The blue service, which has NBCSN, shows the Formula 1 Grand Prix races. For just $25 per month – with no recurring contract – you get not only the F1 races but also 40 US TV channels. As such, Sling TV gives you a massive amount of choice at a very low price.
Sling TV is only available to US residents. Those outside the US will need to connect to a US VPN server to get the seven-day free trial and watch the Hungarian Grand Prix for free.
Another cheap option for watching the entire F1 season with a VPN is to use a VPN to pretend to be in the Middle East or North Africa. Doing so will permit you to see all of the races on the Middle East-only BeIN Sports package.
How to Live Stream the Hungarian Grand Prix Online: Step-by-step Guide
- Pick one of the streaming options highlighted above.
- Choose from our top recommended VPNs for streaming sports or check out my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the chosen VPN software on your internet-connected device.
- Connect to a VPN server in Australia (to stream Network Ten or Foxtel Play) or the US/UK (for NBC Sports/SlingTV/Sky Sports).
- Head over to your chosen streaming option. Sign up and complete any registration or payment for the service (if necessary).
- Start streaming the Hungarian Grand Prix online!
Watch Hungarian Grand Prix Live: Conclusion
Last year, Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix. As he currently trails Vettel by a single point, he will definitely be hoping to do so again this year. With ten races gone, Sebastian Vettel is currently leading the World Drivers’ Championship, with 177 points.
After winning the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is sure to be hungry for the win, but will he be able to hold off the four-time world champion to stop him from pulling ahead once again? At the moment, the bookies have Hamilton as favorite to win the race, but in reality anything could happen!
Next up… Belgian Grand Prix!
The next race of the 2017 Formula 1 season will be the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot. Stay in touch and bookmark this page to find out how you can stream the race online!
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