The 2017 Formula 1 season continues with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on 25 June. The 51-lap race will mark the eighth round of the Formula 1 season.
When Is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix gets started on 23 June 2017, with the first two days hosting the qualifying sessions. Practice sessions take place on 23 June (Friday), with official qualifying for the race taking place on Saturday 24 June at 07:00 CST (14:00 BST).
The official race coverage of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix starts on Sunday 25 June at 06:30 CST (07:30 EST or 12:30 GMT) – with the race commencing after the half hour introduction show.
Where Is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The venue will be the Baku City Circuit. Last year was the first time that this street circuit – located in Azerbaijan’s capital city – was part of the F1 calendar. This year, it has been upgraded to full host status (after hosting the European Grand Prix last year). The course is the second-longest track on the current calendar, measuring a whopping 6,003 km (second to Spa-Francorchamps at 7,004 km).
The track has one of the longest straights of the F1 season, meaning that we will be treated to some of the highest speeds of the year on race day (last year cars hit 378 km/h in qualifying). Nico Rosberg set the current lap record in 2016, with a lightning fast time of 1:46.485. It is not believed that time will be beaten this year, due to an increase in the width of the cars.
How to Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Online
Looking to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix online? Then let me give you a couple of ways you can watch the Grand Prix, 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, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is one of them. 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 issue with the free stream on Tenplay is that it will only be available to people living in Australia. Luckily, using a 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. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix shows on Ten on Sunday at 23:00 (local Australian time).
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 also 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 Azerbaijan Grand Prix for free!
UK Viewers – Sky Sports
The Azerbaijan 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 of 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 an existing 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 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, and the blue service (which has NBCSN) shows the Formula 1 Grand Prix races. For just $25 per month – with no recurring contract – not only do you get the F1 races but also 40 US TV channels. As such, Sling TV gives you an insanely massive amount of TV choices at a very low price.
Remember, however, that 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 Azerbaijan Grand Prix for free.
How to Watch the Azerbaijan 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 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/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 Azerbaijan Grand Prix online!
With last year’s Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg retiring, it will be interesting to see who will win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With seven races gone, Sebastian Vettel is winning the World Drivers’ Championship, with 141 points. The UK’s Lewis Hamilton is in second, with 129 points, and Valtteri Bottas holds 93 points down in third.
After winning the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago, Hamilton is sure to be hungry for the win in Azerbaijan, but will he be able to hold off the four-time world champion? The bookies have them neck and neck, so we will have to wait and see!
Next Up… Austria
The next race of the 2017 Formula 1 season will be the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on 9 July. Stay in touch to find out how you can stream the race online!
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