Update – Friday 13th March: The Australian Grand Prix has been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bahrain Grand Prix is slated to go ahead without crowds on March 22.
Formula 1 racing begins its 2020 season with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15. Thankfully, Kodi is a great option to watch any of the international Grands Prix live, although you may need a VPN to get complete and anonymous access. Our guide will show you how to watch Formula 1 on Kodi for free, even abroad.
Importantly, our guide will only show you how to watch Formula 1 races using official sources. Popular sporting events like Formula 1 are often made available through unofficial sources. However, ripped streams are typically offered on addons that may carry malware, while unofficial streams are also far more prone to buffering, failing, and DMCA takedowns that send them offline. Several official sources will let you stream Formula 1 without paying a dime, with streams available through Kodi addons.
To watch Formula 1 races for free, you may need a VPN in the US and other locations.
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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
How to watch the Formula 1 free on Kodi with a VPN
You can bypass Formula 1 content blocks using a VPN. Follow the steps below to watch Formula 1 GPs through Kodi from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to watch F1 on Kodi, from anywhere:
- First, sign up to a VPN of your choice. For Kodi users, we recommend IPVanish, although ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and CyberGhost are comparable, inexpensive alternatives.
- Download your VPN’s app on your desired streaming device (make sure it has an app for that device)
- Connect to a VPN server in a country where Formula 1 streaming is available. For example, if you’re watching the free-to-air Network Ten from Australia, an Australian server will help you bypass geographic content restrictions
- Try visiting your chosen website or service, or streaming through your desired Kodi addon. It should load almost immediately
We strongly suggest running through the steps above well in advance of when the GP you want to watch begins. Testing your options early can help prevent missing any of the racing action.
Formula 1 racing broadcast rights are complex. You won’t be able to watch every country’s Grand Prix through Kodi. This list will cover your top, free-to-air or paid channel options available through various Kodi addons.
How to watch F1 live streaming on Kodi
If you have a TV streaming device, such as the Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV, you may want to use Kodi instead of a web browser to watch F1 racing. If this is the case, here are your options.
Formula 1 Kodi Kodi addon
The Formula 1 Kodi addon was released in late February 2020 and may have a few bugs. However, it works great to access free videos on the official Formula 1 website. There’s currently no account login option on this addon, so if you’ve subscribed to the Formula 1 streaming service, you’ll need to opt for the web browser version or the available apps for mobile or streaming devices.
Here’s how to install the Formula 1 Kodi addon:
- Click here to install the Formula 1 addon zip file
- In Kodi, go to Addons
- Click on the package symbol
- Select Install from zip
- Locate your downloads folder and click on the plugin.video.formula1 zip file to install it
The addon will be available in your Video Addons section.
Zattoo Box Kodi addon
The Zattoo Box Kodi addon lets you connect to your Zattoo account without a web browser. It also bypasses the Zattoo advertisements (there will still be advertisements from the channels themselves). To install it, load Kodi and then click addons → download → video addons → Zattoo Box. This will open the information screen for Zattoo Box. Click install to finish installing.
When you use Zattoo Box for the first time, right-click the addon and click settings. Input your Zattoo username and password into the fields provided. Click OK, then open to get to the main menu. The Channel 4 stream can be accessed from the LiveTV – all channels menu.
IPTV AU addon
Kodi is popular in Australia, so it should come as no surprise that someone made an addon to grab free-to-air Australian TV channels, including 10 Play. This add-on only serves up free-to-air channels and will be a go-to option on Kodi for the Australia Grand Prix, but won’t carry many other Formula 1 events beyond the AGP.
You can install this addon from the Matt Huisman repo. Further instructions available from Matt Huisman’s personal website.
Sling TV addon
Brand new as of 2019, there is now a working addon for Sling TV users. In the US, Formula 1 is broadcasting on ESPN, making Sling TV is the cheapest option to watch ESPN online. You can get Sling TV for $30/month, although the service often has discounted offers. There’s also a 7-day free trial.
The Sling TV Kodi addon is available through the official Kodi addon repository.
We hope you’ve found this guide to watching F1 live streams online or through Kodi helpful. If you’d like more information about how to see the best TV shows and movies online, you may want to read some of our other guides. These include How to install the Crackle Kodi addon, The Best VPNs for Tubi TV, and How to Watch Premier League Online or Through Kodi, amongst many others.