Watch the 2021 Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix Live for Free

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This weekend it’s time for another spectacular Formula 1 race. On Sunday, April 18th, at 15.00 CET, the best of the world’s F1 drivers will go head to head in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday and have already begun, but luckily you can still catch most of it. In the US, you can watch the race live via ESPN. Check out this official F1 page to see a broadcaster near you.

However, there is a way to watch the Emilia-Romagna GP completely free. By using a VPN to get a Swiss IP address, you can gain access to the livestream on the Swiss channel SRF. This channel broadcasts the GP, on its website, live for free, starting at 14.30 CET (albeit with German commentary). To watch the GP for free, read our step-by-step guide below.

Watch the GP of Emilia Romagna for free with a VPN

Based on your IP address, sites and streaming services can see where you are in the world. Using this, they can deny you access to a site or stream if you are not in the correct geographic location. However, with a VPN, you can take on an IP address from another country. You can use this to bypass restrictions when you’re abroad and want to watch something from your home country or vice versa. Therefore, with a VPN, you can access the free GP stream on SRF, wherever you are right now! If you want to know how to do this, follow our easy guide:

Watching F1 Grands Prix abroad: a short step-by-step plan

  1. Get a (temporary) subscription to a VPN that has servers in Switzerland. We tested NordVPN with SRF and it seemed to work fine. Check out this article to see how to use NordVPN for free and click on the button below to go to the NordVPN website:
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  3. After making an account, download and install NordVPN on your device.
  4. Open NordVPN and log in, using your credentials.
  5. Connect to a server in Switzerland.
  6. Keep the VPN running in the background.
  7. Go to and click on ‘Live’.
  8. Go to ‘SRF info’, this is where they broadcast the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, starting at 14.30 CET.
  9. Happy viewing!

Disclaimer: This article only tries to give tips on how to watch F1 races abroad. However, it is always your own responsibility to read the most recent user agreement of (streaming) services you use and act accordingly.

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