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

It’s time for the F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream, and for the second time this season (and the second time ever) that means we’ll be treated to the spectacle of the new Sprint qualifying format.

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

The 2021 F1 Italian Grand Prix starts at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. BST on Sunday (September 12). Qualifying is today (Friday, September 10) at 12 p.m. ET and the Sprint race is on Saturday at 10.30 a.m. ET.
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN2 via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

To recap, Sprint qualifying is a 30-minute blast around the track to determine the final grid position for the race proper. Points are awarded for positions 1-3 and there are no mandatory pit stops. It was trialled at the British Grand Prix earlier this year and was a moderate success.

As a result, this weekend’s action follows a different schedule to the usual format, with practice 1 and standard qualifying today (Friday, September 10), followed by practice 2 and the Sprint race on Saturday.

Format aside, there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend. Max Verstappen is back on top of the Driver’s standings after winning the Belgian Grand Prix in farcical circumstances, then his home Dutch Grand Prix with a dominant performance. Mercedes, and Lewis Hamilton, are back in catch-up mode, but there are only 3 points between them at the top of the table and plenty of races still to go.

Or rather, there should be plenty of races left; Covid-19 claimed another victim recently, with the Japanese GP cancelled, and there are still doubts over some of the other 8 GPs currently scheduled.

The other big news is that Valtteri Bottas will not be alongside Hamilton at Mercedes next season, with Williams’ young flyer George Russell replacing him in 2022. Bottas will instead move to Alfa Romeo to replace the retiring Kimi Räikkönen.

Speaking of Kimi, he’ll miss this race after testing positive for Covid; he also sat out last weekend’s Dutch GP and will again be replaced by the experienced Robert Kubica.

How will things pan out at Italy’s famous Monza circuit this weekend? We’ll have to wait and see. But the good news is that you can watch all the action online via an F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream — so read on to find out how to do just that.

How to watch the F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream for free

Most countries have an F1 live stream on one channel or another, but many of them require a subscription. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in Austria then you can watch the F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream for free.

That’s because the race will be shown on free-to-air television on Red Bull’s own Servus TV.

If you’re based in Austria but aren’t at home for the Italian Grand Prix, don’t worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We’ll show you how to do that below.

How to watch the F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world

It’s natural that you might want to watch the F1 Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian Grand Prix live stream in the US

F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream – US flag

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ESPN2 is the place to turn for the F1 Italian 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.

ESPN2 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 (September 12). 

Note, though, that qualifying on Friday will be shown on ESPN, rather than ESPN2.

If you don’t want to pay for live ESPN2 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 Italian Grand Prix live stream in the UK

F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream – British flag

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

You’ll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 Italian 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 Italian Grand Prix live stream in Canada

F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream — Canadian flag

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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 Italian Grand Prix live stream in Australia

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Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 live streams in Australia, which means you can watch the 2021 Italian 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 Italian Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream — how to watch the Italian Grand Prix online – Red Bull

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The Italian Grand Prix weekend is the second to include F1’s new Sprint qualifying format. As a result, there’s only one practice session on Friday (September 10) with standard qualifying following it. 

Practice two is on Saturday, followed by the Sprint qualifying race, while the main race takes place on Sunday (September 12). Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, September 10

  • Practice 1: 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. ET (5.30 a.m. – 6.30 a.m PT / 1.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. BST)
  • Qualifying: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 10 a.m PT / 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. BST)

Saturday, September 11

  • Practice 2: 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. ET (3 a.m. – 4 a.m PT / 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. BST)
  • Sprint qualifying: 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. ET (7.30 a.m. – 8 a.m PT / 3.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. BST)

Sunday, September 12

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

F1 Italian Grand Prix — current driver standings







Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 224.5


Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 221.5
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 123
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 92
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 89.5
9 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 56
10 Fernando Alonso ESP ALPINE RENAULT 46
11 Esteban Ocon FRA ALPINE RENAULT 44
12 Sebastian Vettel




Lance Stroll



15 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 13
16 Nicholas Latifi CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 7
19 Mick Schumacher GER HAAS FERRARI


20 Nikita Mazepin RAF HAAS FERRARI 0

F1 2021 car and driver line-ups


Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen (7)

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alpha Tauri

Pierre Gasly (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (22)


Fernando Alonso (14)

Esteban Ocon (31)

Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Lance Stroll (18)


Charles Leclerc (16)

Carlos Sainz (55)


Nikita Mazepin (9)

Mick Schumacher (47)


Daniel Ricciardo (3)

Lando Norris (4)


Lewis Hamilton (44)

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (33)

Sergio Perez (11)


George Russell (63)

Nicholas Latifi (6)

Full 2021 F1 calendar





26-28 March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit


16-18 April

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Autodromo Imola


30 April 2 May

Portuguese Grand Prix

Portimão Circuit


7-9 May

Spanish Grand Prix

Catalunya Circuit


20-23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit

Monte Carlo

4-6 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku street circuit


18-20 June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Ricard


25-27 June

Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring


2-4 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring


16-18 July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

30 July – 1 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix



27-29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit


3-5 Sept

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort


10-12 Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza


24-26 Sept Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit


8-10 Oct Turkish Grand Prix Intercity Instanbul Park Turkey

22-24 Oct

US Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

United States

5-7 Oct

Mexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez


12-14 Nov

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Interlagos


19-21 Nov

3-5 Dec

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix


Saudi Arabia

10-12 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit


F1 Italian Grand Prix live stream — VPN statement

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