Watch The Portugal Grand Prix of 2021 For Free (Formula 1 Live Streams)

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From the 30th of April to the 2nd of May, 2021, the Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Portugal. This race will take place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Luckily, the GP is broadcast on many channels worldwide. However, what do you do when you’re abroad and don’t have access to your usual streams or channels? Fortunately, there is a simple way to watch the GP of Portugal for free from anywhere in the world: by using a VPN.

Where Can I Watch Formula 1?

As we’ve said, there are a number of broadcasters that hold the rights to broadcasting F1. This is a quick overview:

Country or Region Broadcaster
Africa SuperSport
Albania RTSH
Asia Fox Sports Channels, STAR Sports (Indian Subcontinent)
Australia Fox Sports Channels, Network Ten
Austria Servus TV, ORF
Azerbaijan AzTV, Idman Azerbaycan
Belgium RTBF, Telenet, Play Sport Open, VRT
Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro,  Serbia, Slovenia Sport Klub
Brazil Bandeirantes
Bulgaria Nova, Diema Sport
Canada RDS, RDS 2, TSN, Noovo
China CCTV, Tencent, Guangdong TV, Great Sports TV
Cyprus Cytavision
Czech Republic, Slovakia AMC
Denmark TV3+, TV3 Sport, Viaplay
Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania Viaplay
Eurasia Setanta Sports
Finland C More Max, MTV
France Canal+
Germany Sky Deutschland, RTL
Greece ERT, Cosmote TV
Hungary M4
Israel The Sports Channel
Italy Sky Italia, TV8
Japan Fuji TV, DAZN
Latin America Fox Sports Channels, ESPN
Luxembourg RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg
Malta Go Sports
The Middle East, North Africa (MENA) MBC Action, Shahid
Netherlands Ziggo, NOS
New Zealand Spark Sport
Norway V sport 1, V sport +, Viaplay
Poland Eleven Sports, Polsat
Portugal Eleven Sports
Romania Digisport, Telekom Romania, Look Sport
Russia Match TV
Spain, Andorra DAZN
Sweden Viaplay, V sport motor, TV10
Switzerland SRF, RSI, RTS
Turkey S Sport, S Sport Plus
Ukraine Setanta Ukraine
United Kingdom, Ireland C4, Sky Sports
USA ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Note: most of the broadcasters above require you to have some sort of subscription. If you’re not from that region, it could prove difficult to get a subscription, because a lot of broadcasters verify where you live depending on where your credit card or regional payment method is registered. However, some free broadcasters don’t require this, so you can watch their stream for free, as long as you have the right IP address. This is where a VPN comes in handy.

Watch the GP of Portugal for Free With a VPN

When you watch streams online, websites know where you are in the world based on your IP address. This means that you will be able to access some streams, while others are not available. For example, if you’re on vacation abroad, usually, you can no longer watch streams from your home country. An exception is certain paid services in the EU. By law, a subscription to a paid service from any EU country should work in all the other EU countries as well. This isn’t the case for most other streams in the world though, where, for example, a stream such as ESPN will only work in the US.

A VPN changes your IP address, so it seems as if you are in another country. Using this, you can circumvent geo-blocks and be able to watch a stream from your home country, wherever you are. So, with a good VPN, you have worldwide access to more sites than you would be able to access without it. This means you can watch the Portugal GP from abroad, but also means that you can access free Formula 1 streams that are available in other countries. These are a couple of sites that broadcast the F1 Grand Prix for free, and that can be watched using a VPN:

Country Broadcaster Language Stream URL
Russia Match TV Russian matchtv.ru/on-air
Albania RTSH Albanian tv.rtsh.al/kanalet/rtsh-sport
Luxembourg RTL Luxembourgish play.rtl.lu/live
Brazil Band Portuguese www.band.uol.com.br/ao-vivo
Switzerland SRF German www.srf.ch/play/tv/live/srf-info

If you need a quick guide on how to set up a VPN, check out the next paragraph.

Step-by-Step: Watch Formula 1 Online With a VPN

We’ve tested all of the streams mentioned above with CyberGhost, and they all worked. If you don’t want to pay for a VPN, check out our article on how to use CyberGhost for free. We don’t advise using a free VPN, because most of them don’t have servers in the right country, or throttle your speed or data too much.

If you want to watch Formula 1 abroad or for free, then follow these steps:

  1. Get a subscription with a good VPN provider. As mentioned, we advise using CyberGhost:
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  3. After getting a subscription, download the VPN.
  4. Install the VPN and sign in using your newly created account.
  5. Select with which server you want to connect. For example, if you want to watch a free stream from one of the broadcasters listed above, connect to a server that’s in the region listed in the ‘Country’ column. If you want to watch it using a paid subscription you already have, connect to the region that stream is available in.
  6. Open your browser and go to the streaming platform. If you want to watch it for free, copy and paste the URL from the ‘Stream URL’ column in the table above.
  7. You should now be enjoying the F1 Grand Prix!

Race Schedule and Current Standings

At the circuit in Portugal, the official race will take place on Sunday, May 2 from 15:00 to 17:00, local time (Western European Time). Before that, however, you can also enjoy the practice laps (April 30 and May 1) and the qualifications (May 1). The exact times of the GP of Portugal are as follows (WEST, local Portuguese time):

Event Date and time
First practice April 30 (11:30 – 12:30)
Second practice April 30 (15:00 – 16:00)
Third practice May 1 (12:00 – 13:00)
Qualifications May 1 (15:00 – 16:00)
Final race May 2 (15:00 – 17:00)

The final score of the most recent race in this Formula 1 season (Emilia Romagna) looked like this:

Position Racer (team) Points
1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 25
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 19
3 Lando Norris (McLaren) 15
4 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 12
5 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 10

This means that both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton now have one win to their name, as Hamilton managed to take first place in Bahrain. The question is how the GP of Portugal will change this.

Want to watch other Grand Prix races besides the GP of Portugal? You can! Read our general Formula 1 article for all the information and the full schedule of Formula 1 2021.

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David is a cyber security analyst and one of the founders of VPNoverview.com. Interested in the "digital identity" phenomenon, with special attention to the right to privacy and protection of personal data.