How to watch the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix live online for free

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka International Racing Course will run for three days from October 11-13. More than eight hours of world-class Formula 1 are scheduled, so fans definitely have a lot to look forward to. Below, we’ll let you know how to watch the Japanese Grand Prix live stream wherever you are in the world.

This guide will cover all of the free and paid options F1 fans around the world can take advantage of to live stream the race. Note that most options are geo-blocked, meaning they can only be watched from certain countries. To get around these restrictions, we recommend using a VPN to route your internet connection through a server in another country. This will allow you to unblock free streams in Japan and the US, among others.

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How to watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on official channels

You can live stream the 2019 Japan GP practice, qualifiers, and main event through a number of legal sources. Better still, many services offer free trials, allowing you to watch the Japanese Grand Prix live stream for free.

United States coverage

In the USA, ESPN has broadcasting rights for the full 2019 F1 Grand Prix season on various ESPN cable channels. You can use the WatchESPN app to stream the races, but you’ll need a cable subscription to log in.

Alternatively, you can watch the Japan GP on ESPN for free by signing up for a free trial of one of the following over-the-top internet TV services that carry ESPN:

You will need an American IP address in order to watch any of the options listed above. If you live outside of the US but want to access streams from these services, use a VPN to connect to a server in the United States.

UK streaming options

  • Sky Sports F1 – subscription required
  • Channel 4 free highlights, on a slight delay
  • Sky Go – subscription required
  • NOW TV – subscription required

Channel 4 won’t be broadcasting full coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix but it will show highlights a few hours afterward for free.

If you’re in the UK and have a cable subscription that includes Sky Sports F1, coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix can be found on the Sky Sports website or Sky Go app. If you have 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. 

NOW TV offers a Sky Sports week-long pass for £14.99 and is available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.

Canadian streaming options

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

This year, coverage is split between RDS and TSN. If your cable TV subscription includes one of these channels, you can log into the respective website and start streaming free-of-charge. Don’t have cable? Both platforms offer an online-only pass for $19.99 CAD per month, although there’s no trial period. It’s also worth mentioning that while RDS usually only offers French-language content, this race’s coverage will be in English.

Australian streaming options

  • Fox Sports
  • Kayo Sports
  • 10 Bold (highlights only)

Fox Sports has exclusive rights to all remaining 2019 F1 Grand Prix races. To watch online, you’ll need a Foxtel Digital Subscription, which costs AU$4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. If you already have a Foxtel cable subscription, you might be eligible for a complimentary Digital Subscription. Note that subscribers outside of Australia will need a VPN to unblock live streams.

Kayo Sports is an online sports streaming service available in Australia that includes Fox Sports‘ stream of the Japanese Grand Prix. A 14-day free trial means you can sign up to stream the Japanese Grand Prix live online and then cancel your subscription afterward. After that, plans start at $25 per month. If you’re outside of Australia, you’ll need a VPN to bypass viewing restrictions.

10 Bold won’t have live streams of the event, but it will provide free highlights every evening at 10:30 PM AEST.

French streaming options

F1 fans in France can watch the full F1 Grand Prix 2019 season with a Canal+ subscription and the myCanal app. The basic plan starts at €19.90 per month and a 1-month free trial is on offer, which means you can use the free trial to stream the Japanese Grand Prix for free if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet. Note that you’ll need a French IP address in order to access the stream, which you can get with a VPN if you’re not in France.

Race Schedule

All times are Japan local time (GMT+9).

  • The main event begins on Sunday, October 13 at 2:10 p.m. local time (6:10 a.m. UK time)
  • Qualifying begins on Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m.
  • Practices start Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at noon

Can you watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on Kodi?

Kodi user? No problem! We’ve got a separate article on how to watch the 2019 F1 Grand Prix full season with Kodi. As with non-Kodi streams, you’ll likely need a VPN to watch video from other countries.