The 2021 Formula 1 season continues and this weekend teams and drivers are in Baku, Azerbaijan for the first time in over a year for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and we have all the details on how you can watch the race on TV or online.
Azerbaijan's capital city first hosted Formula 1 back in 2016 under the European Grand Prix banner before becoming the Azerbaijan Grand Prix the following year. The race will take place on the Baku City Circuit which has 20 turns, a circuit length of 3.728 miles (6km) and drivers will complete 51 laps before finishing the 190 mile race. Baku is the newest street circuit on the Formula 1 calendar and it joins the likes of Monaco, Melbourne and Singapore as drivers will need to race through the city's old town.
At the Monaco Grand Prix a few weeks ago in May, Red Bull's Max Verstappen was able to take first place with a time of one hour and thirty eight minutes followed by Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr and McLaren's Lando Norris. In addition to this being Verstappen's first time winning Monaco, his first place finish also put him ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in terms of points and Verstappen now holds the top spot in F1's 2021 standings with 105 points. The win also helped push Red Bull to the top spot in the Constructor standings ahead of Mercedes in second and McLaren in third.
It appears that Hamilton has been able to recover since Monaco as he finished the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifiers with a time of one hour and forty one minutes and will start the race in row 1 alongside Ferrari's Charles Leclerc who finished first. Verstappen won't be too far behind though as he finished third in the qualifiers and will be starting the race in row 2.
Whether you're rooting for Verstappen or Hamilton or just want to see the other Formula 1 drivers race on a street circuit, we'll show you how to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from anywhere in the world.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix: When and where?
The 2021 Azerbaijan GrandPrix will be held at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan's capital on Sunday, June 6 and the race will begin at 8am ET / 5am PT / 1pm BST.
How to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the U.S.
Formula 1 fans in the U.S. with a cable subscription will be able to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on ESPN and the network will begin its coverage of the race at 6:30am ET / 3:30am PT. While the race itself will start at 7:55am ET / 4:55am PT on ESPN, die-hard fans can also watch the post-race show at 10am ET / 7am PT on ESPN3. If the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is a bit too early for you on Sunday, you can always watch a replay of the race after it's finished on the ESPN app though you will need to sign in with the credentials from your cable provider to do so.
Not interested in signing up for cable just to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on ESPN. Don't worry as there are now a number of streaming services, all at different price points, which will give you access to the network so you watch the race online. We've listed a few of our favorites below to make things easier for you.
- Hulu with Live TV - $64.99 per month - As well as giving you access to ESPN, the service also includes its own Hulu Originals and supports a wide variety of streaming devices.
- Sling TV - $35 per month - In order to get access to ESPN, you'll have to sign up for Sling TV's Sling Orange package. The service also lets you watch on three screens simultaneously and record 50 hours of live TV with its Cloud DVR.
- YouTube TV - $65 per month - YouTube TV gives you access to ESPN as well as over 70 other TV channels and a free 14-day trial available.
- AT&T TV Now - $55 per month - AT&T TV Now's plus plan gives you access to ESPN as well as over 45 other live TV channels and you can also record up to 20 hours of content using its cloud DVR.
Get a Azerbaijan Grand Prix livestream in the UK
UK Formula 1 fans with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the network's dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel beginning at 11:30am BST though the race itself will start at 1pm BST. You can also stream the full race on your smartphone or tablet with the Sky Go App.
Don't want to sign up for a lengthy Sky Sports contract just to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, don't worry as you can watch the race live on NOW with a Sky Sports Day Membership for £9.98 or a Sky Sports Month Membership for £33.99. NOW TV will also let you stream the race on your computer, smartphone, smart TV or other streaming devices.
Sky Sports F1 will show the action from Baku plus a ton of other exclusive sports coverage throughout the year.
Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Canada
Canadian viewers will be able to watch this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix on TSN and the network's coverage of the race will begin at 7:55am ET / 4:55am PT on TSN2. You can also stream the entire race online via the TSN app on your mobile devices.
If you've already cut the cord though, you can get access to TSN's content for as little as $4.99 for a TSN Direct Day Pass or $19.99 for a monthly streaming subscription.
How to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Australia
If you live in Australia and have a cable package with Foxtel, you'll be able to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Fox Sports beginning at 9:55pm AEST / 7:55pm AWST on Sunday. However, if you happen to miss the race, there will be replays on MOnday at 6am AEST / 4am AWST and at 7:30am AEST / 5:30am AWST on Monday, June 7.
Not interested in signing up for cable to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix? Don't worry as you can watch the entire event online on Kayo Sports. The service costs between $25 and $35 per month depending on the package you choose but new customers can take advantage of Kayo Sports' 14-day free trial to watch the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from anywhere
We have all the details on how you can watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia further up in this guide. However, if you want to watch this year's race when you're away from home, then you'll run into problems as your domestic coverage online from abroad will likely be geo-blocked.
That's where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can really come in handy. They allow you to virtually change the IP address of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that's back in your home country which will let you watch as if you were back there.
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