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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream: How to watch, start time, channel

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2021 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream: How to watch live online

The 2021 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday (August 1) at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. BST. Practice 3 and qualifying are today (Saturday, August 1).
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

The qualifying session of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream is almost upon us and after the drama of the last race, we don’t quite know what to expect!

The British Grand Prix was another classic in what is shaping up to be one of the best F1 seasons in years. At the heart of the action — of course — were Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, undisputed legend and young pretender respectively. 

The pair collided on the first lap, as the tension that has been building all season boiled over. Verstappen crashed out and Hamilton was given a penalty, but drove superbly to cut through the field and take a famous victory.

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That wasn’t the end of the drama though, with Red Bull’s Verstappen branding his Mercedes rival “disrespectful” and “unsportsmanlike” and team principal Christian Horner saying the Brit had made “an amateur mistake.”

The action has now moved on to the twisty, turny Hungaroring in Budapest for the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix, a circuit that offers few opportunities for overtaking. That means qualifying could be crucial. But it also means we could well see more fireworks if Hamilton and Verstappen are in close proximity.

Based on the practice sessions, it’ll be close again: Verstappen topped the first session, Valtteri Bottas the second and Hamilton the third.   

It’s all set up nicely for qualifying very soon — and you can watch it all online via an F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream. Read on to find out how to do just that.

How to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream from outside your country

It’s natural that you might want to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream from your home country, but what if you’re not there when the race is on?

Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you’re surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you’re in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, a Brit who’s currently in the U.S. could watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream on Sky Sports, even though they’re not in the U.K. 

They’re totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We’ve tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It’s fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we’ve said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you’re in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you’d select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sky Sports or another website and watch the race.

How to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in the US

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ESPN is the place to turn for the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in the U.S., and there are several ways you can access it.

As well as being available through your cable service across the weekend, you can also stream the race via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN’s website. However, you’ll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions. Also note that Formula 1 is not available on ESPN Plus, ESPN’s standalone streaming service; you need access to live ESPN channels.

ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. Either way, coverage of the big race starts at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday. 

If you don’t want to pay for live ESPN in some fashion or another, your best alternative is F1 TV Pro. This is F1’s own official F1 live stream service, and as with ESPN’s own coverage, it uses the feed from Sky Sports F1. 

F1 TV Pro costs $10 per month or $80 for the season, which is much better value considering there are set to be 23 races this year. Plus you also get Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, and F1’s archive of classic Grands Prix.

And remember, if you’re usually based in the U.S. but aren’t there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN — meaning you can view an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world. 

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How to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in the UK

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As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show all of the Hungarian Grand Prix action, and in up to 4K resolution. 

You’ll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream: the Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 per month, and there are packages available that give you lots more channels for only a bit extra. 

To follow it in ultra high-definition 4K, you’ll need to pay a little more: you’ll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, that’d come to £45 a month, plus a £20 one-off payment if you’re not an existing subscriber.

A far cheaper option is to buy a Now Sports Pass. This will give you all 11 of the Sky Sports channels for a limited time, with pricing starting at £9.99 for a Day Pass and £33.99 for one month. There’s no 4K available here though.

Again, if you’re usually based in the U.K. but are elsewhere at the moment, you can still watch the services you subscribe to by using one of the best VPN services.

How to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in Canada

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TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro also remains an option for fans looking for an F1 live stream. 

All sessions are broadcast on TSN, and if you receive the network through your cable or satellite provider, you can use TSN Go by signing in with your TV service credentials. Cord-cutters will want to check out TSN Direct, which comes in day- and month-long passes for $8 or $20 CAD, respectively. The TSN app will allow you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device.

Not actually in Canada at the moment? ExpressVPN and other VPN services can help you access the services you already subscribe to.

How to watch the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in Australia

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Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream in Australia, which means you can watch the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix online via Foxtel

Kayo Sports is another option. This service offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25. 

You can also use one of the best VPN services to follow the action from your home country even when you’re elsewhere.

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

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The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend started yesterday (Friday, July 30) with the first two practice sessions, while qualifying is today. 

The race itself takes place tomorrow (Sunday, August 1). Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, July 30

  • Practice 1: 5.30 a.m. – 6.30 a.m. ET (2.30 a.m. – 3.30 a.m PT / 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. BST)
  • Practice 2: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. BST)

Saturday, July 31

  • Practice 3: 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. ET (3 a.m. – 4 a.m PT / 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. BST)
  • Qualifying: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. BST)

Sunday, August 1

Race: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET (6 a.m. – 8 a.m PT / 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. BST)

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix — current driver standings

POS

DRIVER

NATIONALITY

CAR

PTS

1

Max Verstappen

NED

RED BULL RACING HONDA

185

2

Lewis Hamilton

GBR

MERCEDES

177
3 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 113
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 108
5 Sergio Perez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 104

6

Charles Leclerc

MON

FERRARI

80

7

Carlos Sainz

ESP

FERRARI

68

8

Daniel Ricciardo

AUS

MCLAREN MERCEDES

50

9

Pierre Gasly

FRA

ALPHATAURI HONDA

39

10

Sebastian Vettel

GER

ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES

30

11

Fernando Alonso

ESP

ALPINE RENAULT

26

12

Lance Stroll

CAN

ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES

18
13

Esteban Ocon

FRA

ALPINE RENAULT

14

14

Yuki Tsunoda

JPN

ALPHATAURI HONDA

10

15

Antonio Giovinazzi

ITA

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1

16

Kimi Räikkönen

FIN

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1

17

George Russell

GBR

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

0

18

Nicholas Latifi

CAN

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

0

19

Mick Schumacher

GER

HAAS FERRARI

0

20

Nikita Mazepin

RAF

HAAS FERRARI

0

F1 2021 car and driver line-ups

Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen (7)

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alpha Tauri

Pierre Gasly (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (22)

Alpine

Fernando Alonso (14)

Esteban Ocon (31)

Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Lance Stroll (18)

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc (16)

Carlos Sainz (55)

Haas

Nikita Mazepin (9)

Mick Schumacher (47)

McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

Lando Norris (4)

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (33)

Sergio Perez (11)

Williams

George Russell (63)

Nicholas Latifi (6)

Full 2021 F1 calendar

DATE

GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT

COUNTRY

26-28 March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain

16-18 April

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Autodromo Imola

Italy

30 April 2 May

Portuguese Grand Prix

Portimão Circuit

Portugal

7-9 May

Spanish Grand Prix

Catalunya Circuit

Spain

20-23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit

Monte Carlo

4-6 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku street circuit

Azerbaijan

18-20 June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Ricard

France

25-27 June

Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring

Austria

2-4 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring

Austria

16-18 July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

30 July – 1 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring

Hungary

27-29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

Belgium

3-5 Sept

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort

Netherlands

10-12 Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Italy

24-26 Sept Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit

Russia

1-3 Oct Turkish Grand Prix Intercity Instanbul Park Turkey

8-10 Oct

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka Circuit

Japan

22-24 Oct

US Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

United States

29-31 Oct

Mexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Mexico

5-7 Nov

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Interlagos

Brazil

19-21 Nov

TBC TBC TBC

3-5 Dec

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Jeddah

Saudi Arabia

10-12 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit

UAE

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As U.K. Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, Marc is responsible for the site’s U.K.-focused output as well as overseeing all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment and cameras coverage. He previously edited the tech website Stuff and also spent years on a music magazine, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). 

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