Live stream the Russian Grand Prix online for free with Kodi or a VPN
Published by on April 15, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

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The fourth Grand Prix of the 2017 Formula 1 season is just around the corner with Sebastian Vettel looking to stay ahead of Louis Hamilton and claim his third victory in Sochi. All eyes will be locked on Russia’s Winter Olympics park on Sunday, April 30, 2017 for the Russian Grand Prix with qualifying taking place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and practice on Friday. With Mercedes and Ferrari separated by a single point in the constructors championship, it promises to be a tight race.

Sochi is one of the newer GP circuits making it’s debut in 2014 when Louis Hamilton topped the podium. 2015 saw Hamilton retain top spot in Sochi before losing out to last year’s Champion Nico Rosberg who won the race in 2016. Sochi is one of the longer tracks with more corners than most and presents a different sort of challenge to the drivers. Read on to see what options are available to watch the Russian Grand Prix live online.

In Short

There are a number of ways to watch the Russian Grand Prix online including two good free options to view practice, qualification and the race in HD. You can stream the race online in HD for free on TenPlay from Network 10 with a VPN. Normally this channel will only work if you are located in Australia, as you need to have an Australian IP address. The same applies to Channel 4 in the UK which is showing practice, qualifying and live Grand Prix race. It is free of charge but will only work for those based in the UK, unless you use a VPN.

A VPN will spoof your location so it looks like you are in Australia, the UK or whichever country you choose to connect to. It’s a quick and easy but very effective workaround with the right VPN. You need a fast VPN for quality streaming that also has Australian servers.

We recommend ExpressVPN, which meets these criteria and has a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it risk free and then cancel after the race for a full refund if you don’t want to keep it.

Use this offer to get three months extra free, in case you do decide to keep it for watching future Grand Prix races for the rest of the season and other sporting events not broadcast in your location. You can still cancel within 30 days and receive a full refund if you don’t want to keep it; there’s no risk attached.

In detail and all options

Cable subscribers in Australia can watch the race on Channel 10 or Fox or free on Network Ten as can those based in the UK on Channel 4.

If you’re in the UK and have a cable subscription that includes Sky Sports F1, then the Russian Grand Prix can be live streamed on the Sky Sports website or Sky Go app. If you have such a cable subscription but are outside of the UK, then check out our tutorial for watching Sky Go abroad using a VPN or smart DNS.

Viewers in Canada can catch the race on TSN 3 or RDS 2 with a cable subscription. Online streaming via TSN 3 or RDS 2 is also possible but requires a subscription.

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the Grand Prix via the NBC Sports Network or online through the NBC Sports website. Please note that this will require a subscription.

We will also explain how you can watch the Russian Grand Prix with Kodi free of charge with a VPN by streaming a free Australian TV channel.

Race Schedule

Practice 1 starts on Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m. BST, the second at 1 p.m. the same day, and the final practice session the following day at 10 a.m. Qualifying begins on April 29 at 1 p.m. The Russian Grand Prix starts on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. All times are BST, UTC +1.

Below we’ve listed the broadcasters for Australia, the UK, Canada, and the US along with their respective live streaming options. If you want to watch in a web browser, the best option looks to be Network 10’s tenplay from Australia or Channel 4 from the UK. The race is a “free to air” event so no subscription is necessary. You will need an Australian/UK IP address to view it on Channel 4 or tenplay respectively, so be sure to connect with a VPN to a server in Australia or the UK.

Australia

  • tenplay – no subscription required

United Kingdom

  • Sky Sports F1 (subscription)
  • Sky Go – cable subscription required

Canada

  • TSN 3
  • TSN 3 Online – cable subscription required
  • RDS 2
  • RDS 2 Online – cable subscription required

United States

  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Live Extra – cable subscription required

How to watch the Russian Grand Prix live using Kodi

If you have Kodi, which is available for a wide array of devices such as Windows, Mac and Android devices, or you are thinking of downloading it, then this guide is for you.

Related: How to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick.

You have a few options for watching the race, so let’s get started.

We’ll show you how to do this using four add-ons: UK Turk Playlists (Metalkettles repo), Phoenix (Fusion repo), SportsDevil (Fusion repo), and Adrian Sports (Adrian Sports repo).

Note that the ultimate aim with each option is to access a sanctioned stream of the Russian Grand Prix in order to watch the race, many streams are unsanctioned and connecting to these is at best a legal gray area and not condoned.

It’s worth noting the many people access the popular sports channel Sky Sports F1 however this is often unsanctioned, copyrighted content and could result in a your ISP throttling your connection or sending a warning letter, particularly if you are not keeping your online activity private with a VPN.

Expert Tip: Streams are often removed or are overwhelmed with traffic, so preparing multiple add-ons is a good idea for Kodi users. Copyright restrictions differ by country. Be sure to check the relevant laws in your area so you do not end up on the wrong side of the law. Most Kodi users subscribe to a VPN to protect their privacy and remain anonymous. A favorite VPN of ours and the Kodi community’s is IPVanish, which offers high speeds and a great level of privacy protection. IPVanish works with all Kodi add-ons and the annual plan is available to our readers with a huge 57% discount. We’ll revisit VPNs in more detail later in this article.

UK Turk Playlists Add-on

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You can check out the Grand Prix this weekend with the UK Turk Playlists Add-on.

Installation

First you will need to add the MetalKettles repostory to Kodi by doing the following:

  • Go to SYSTEM>File Manager.
  • Now select Add source.
  • Under the section titled “Enter a name for this media source” you can enter a name such as “.metalkettle”.
  • Under “Enter the paths or browse for the media location” enter “http://kodi.metalkettle.co”
  • Next you will need to navigate to System > Settings.
  • Now select Add-ons.
  • Select Install from zip file, followed by repository.metalkettle-x.x.x.zip.
  • You should then get a notification saying “Add-on enabled”. Proceed to install UK Turk Playlists.

Install UK Turk Playlists by doing the following:

  • Head to SYSTEM>Add-ons>Install from repository>MetalKettles Addon Repository>Video add-ons.
  • Select and install UK Turk Playlists. Wait for the “Add-on enabled” notification before continuing.

How To Watch

Under Videos>Add-ons, select the UK Turk Playlists and then Sports. Select a suitable stream and you’ll be able to catch the big race.

Phoenix Add-on

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We are giving you as many options as possible to ensure that you enjoy the upcoming race. Phoenix is another add-on you can check out.

Installation

In order to access this add-on you will need to add the Fusion repository to your sources. To do this:

  • Under “Enter the paths or browse for the media location” enter “http://fusion.tvaddons.ag”
  • Under “Enter a name for this media source” you can enter a name such as “.fusion”.

For more details, see our guide on how to install the Fusion repository.

With Fusion installed:

  • Go to System > Settings > Add-ons select Install from zip file.
  • Open .fusion or whatever name you used when adding the source.
  • Navigate to xbmc-repos > english.
  • Select “repository.xbmchub-x.x.x.zip” and you will eventually see the “Add-on enabled” dialogue.
  • Now, still in System>Settings>Add-ons, go to My add-ons>All, select Phoenix and then Enable.

How To Watch

Now head over to Videos > Add-ons and then to Phoenix. Select Phoenix Sports and then Zem TV. You should then be able to find a working stream under UniTV sports.

SportsDevil

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Here we have yet another option for enjoying the Russian Grand Prix.

Installation

SportsDevil is found in the Fusion repository.

To add Fusion to Kodi’s sources do the following:

  • Under “Enter the paths or browse for the media location” enter “http://fusion.tvaddons.ag”
  • Under “Enter a name for this media source” you can enter a name such as “.fusion”.

For more details, see our guide on how to install the Fusion repository.

To install SportsDevil follow this procedure:

  • In SYSTEM>Add-ons>Install from zip file navigate to .fusion followed by kodi-repos>english.
  • Select repository.unofficialsportsdevil-x.x.x.zip.
  • After you see the “Add-on enabled” notification, you can access the plugin from VIDEOS>Add-ons.

How To Watch

If you navigate to VIDEOS>Add-ons>SportsDevil, in the Sports TV section, you should be able to find working links under:

  • Sports4u.tv
  • Crickfree.tv
  • CricHD.tv

Adrian Sports

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Follow these instructions to enjoy the racing action with the Adrian Sports add-on.

Installation

To add the Adrian Sports repository to your sources do the following:

  • Go to SYSTEM>File Manager. Under “Enter the paths or browse for the media location” enter “http://adriansports.net16.net/repo”.
  • Under “Enter a name for this media source” you can enter a name such as “.adriansports”.
  • In SYSTEM>Add-ons>Install from Zip File select .adriansports, followed by repository.adriansports-x.x.x.zip, making sure to choose the version with the highest number.
  • Wait for the “Add-on enabled” message before continuing.

To install the add-on:

  • Got to SYSTEM>Add-ons>Install from repository and select ADRIAN SPORTS REPO.
  • Choose Video add-ons and install .ADRIAN SPORTS.
  • After the “Add-on enabled” notification, you can access this add-on from VIDEOS>Add-ons.

How To Watch

Open Adrian Sports and under 24/7 Sports you should be able to find a working link.

Use A VPN When Watching The Russian Grand Prix

VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and reroute it to a server in a location of your choice. This type of stream from Live Mix may not be sanctioned by your internet service provider. If this is the case, it may try to throttle your connection when you use a service such as Kodi or try to disable your access to such a service altogether.

In order to prevent this, use of a VPN is recommended when using Kodi and thus by extension when you are watching the Russian Grand Prix. Note that VPNs allow to access geo-restricted content and they also protect your online privacy.

A live stream requires a large amount of bandwidth, so a reliable VPN provider is needed when accessing such a stream. We recommend IPVanish, which reliably provides the necessary sturdy connection and plentiful capacity needed for live streaming.

We can confirm that IPVanish works with all Kodi Addons we’ve tested, you can save 57% here on the annual plan.

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