Update – March 20, 2022: Formula 1 is officially back on March 20. All 23 F1 Grand Prix events will run through November 20, culminating in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Seeing as you’re not going to want to miss any of the live races, you’re probably hoping to maximize your streaming options. That includes searching for any and all F1 live streams on Kodi that might be available.
Thankfully, Kodi is a great option to watch any of the international Grand 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.
Best VPN for Kodi
NordVPN is our top choice. The service has a large network of fast, unthrottled, reliable servers located in 0ver 60 countries. NordVPN offers strong security, privacy, and anonymity features that make it an excellent choice for Kodi users streaming from any device, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Try it risk-free with the 30-day money-back guarantee.
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 Formula 1 streams free on Kodi with a VPN
You can bypass Formula 1 content blocks when abroad by 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 streams on Kodi from anywhere:
- First, sign up for a VPN of your choice. For Kodi users, we recommend NordVPN, although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are comparable 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, if not, try clearing your browser’s cookies before trying again.
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 addon
The Formula 1 Kodi addon was released in late February 2020 and may still 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.
ORF TVthek Kodi addon
This addon offers live and on-demand streams for F1 coverage. ORF is covering F1 for those who live in Austria. With a VPN, you can tune in and watch via Kodi from anywhere for free.
The ORF TVthek Kodi addon is free to download on and available in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.
RSI.CH Play Kodi addon
The free-to-air Swiss network RSI will be showing Formula 1 this year. You can tune in live through Kodi using the RSI.CH play Kodi addon. A VPN connection will be required to gain access if you’re connecting from outside of Switzerland.
This addon is freely available in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.
Sling TV addon
Available on Kodi since 2019, the Sling TV Kodi is a great option for its low-cost access to ESPN for F1 racing fans. In the US, Formula 1 is broadcasted on ESPN, making Sling TV among the cheapest options to watch ESPN online. You can get Sling TV for $35/month, although the service often has discounted offers. There’s also a 3-day free trial.
The Sling TV Kodi addon is available through the official Kodi addon repository.
F1 Grand Prix on Kodi: FAQs
Is it legal to use Kodi to watch F1 Grand Prix?
Kodi is legal and you can use it to watch F1 Grand Prix streams. A VPN simply helps you access your usual stream from home as normal, even if you're traveling abroad. Of course, if you're using Kodi to access copyrighted content for which you don't have the right to access, you could find yourself in legal trouble, so it's important to exercise caution.
Can I use a free VPN to watch F1 Grand Prix on Kodi?
We'd advise against using a free VPN to stream the F1 Grand Prix on Kodi. Free VPNs often struggle to unblock streaming services as they lack the ability to avoid geo-blocking technology. Free VPNs also use basic encryption, meaning you could experience connection leaks, exposing your online activities.
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: