If the season opener was anything to go by we could have a Drivers’ Championship fight for the ages on our hands in 2021. The Red Bull looks like the real deal, but Lewis Hamilton worked wonders to beat Max Verstappen by less than a second in Bahrain, and we can’t wait for them to go wheel to wheel again. Follow our guide to live stream F1 and watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix online wherever you are today.
Both the drivers’ and constructors’ standings have a familiar look to them after Mercedes’ opening race one-three, but that doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.
Verstappen looked certain to be the first past the finish line, only for Hamilton to somehow keep him at bay despite the Dutchman being right on his tail for the final few laps, with fresher tyres and what may well be a faster car.
But it’s Sir Lewis who starts at the front of the grid today and will be hard to stop, with Verstappen back in third. Between them? The other Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, who will be desperate to show that his name should be uttered in relation to this season’s title race, too.
It’s time to go again, so read on for full details of how to get an F1 live stream and watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix online today – catch all the F1 Emilia Romagna GP action from start to finish with the help of this guide.
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Free F1 live stream: where can you watch GP for free
Several countries around the world have the rights to show their home Grand Prix on free-to-air TV, and that’s the case this weekend in Italy thanks to broadcaster TV8.
If you’re abroad for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP, you’ll likely find you’re unable to access your usual Formula 1 coverage like you would at home. This isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, but rather the result of geo-blocking – best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to certain parts of the world.
Fortunately, there’s a convenient way around this in the form of a VPN. This is a nifty bit of software that lets you whizz around these digital borders, thereby allowing you to globe trot and still access your preferred F1 live stream. It’s a completely legal workaround, very affordable, and super easy to use – allow us to explain more.
Use a VPN to watch a 2021 F1 live stream from anywhere
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Practice 1 – Friday, April 16 at 10am BST / 11am CEST / 5am ET / 2am PT
Practice 2 – Friday, April 16 at 1.30pm BST / 2.30pm CEST / 8.30am ET / 5.30am PT
Practice 3 – Saturday, April 17 at 10am BST / 11am CEST / 5am ET / 2am PT
Qualifying – Saturday, April 17 at 1pm BST / 2pm CEST / 8am ET / 5am PT
Emilia Romagna GP 2021 – Sunday, April 18 at 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 9am ET / 6am PT
Watch on F1 TV
If you’re an F1 devotee, then you likely already know about F1 TV – it’s the streaming service to subscribe to for all the best live action, highlights, replays of classics races and a whole lot more besides – you can sign up on its website.
Most people will want to go for F1 TV Pro, which is the way to live stream every F1 Grand Prix in full – along with F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup as well. Prices differ from country-to-country – it’s $79.99 in the US, for example – and some even let you give it a try with a free 7-day trial!
Just note that not all regions have an F1 TV package with live Grand Prix coverage, with the UK and Australia being notable exceptions.
How to watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: live stream F1 in the UK
Sky has the rights to Formula 1 in the UK, meaning you’ll be able to watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app, which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles.
For those without Sky, the best option is a Now TV Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which includes all 11 channels.
Coverage of the Emilia Romagna GP begins on Sky Sports F1 at 9.30am BST on Friday for the first practice runs, 9.45am on Saturday for Practice 3, 12pm for Qualifying, and 12.30pm on Sunday for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix itself, which starts at 2pm.
To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you’ll need to download a good VPN as detailed above.
F1 live stream: how to watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in the US
In the US, it’s ESPN that’s providing comprehensive coverage of the 2021 F1 season. Cord-cutters are in luck, too, as you can get ESPN without having an expensive cable package.
Alternatively, fuboTV is an even more complete end-to-end cable replacement service, which offers ESPN and over 120 other channels on plans starting from $64.99 a month.
F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2021: US times and TV coverage
This Sunday you can watch the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix live from 9am ET / 6am PT on ESPN (build-up starts at 7.30am ET / 4.30am PT), while Qualifying goes live on TV at 7.55am ET / 4.55am PT on Saturday ahead of an 8am ET / 5am PT start.
For the truly dedicated, practice sessions will go on-air just before the start times listed above.
Watch an Emilia Romagna Grand Prix F1 live stream abroad
New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad by checking out a quality VPN and following the instructions above.
How to watch the 2021 Emilia Romagna GP: live stream F1 in Canada
In Canada, you can watch 2021 F1 action on English-language TSN or French-language RDS – but they’re premium channels that typically come with a pay TV package.
If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you’ll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to an F1 live stream.
If you don’t have cable, you’ll be well-served by their digital platforms. The TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services cost just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix starts at 9am ET / 6am PT this Sunday, with Qualifying action on Saturday starting at 8am ET / 5am PT. Practice times are listed above and coverage is also being offered, going live just before the start of each session.