How to Watch Formula 1 for Free Using a VPN
If Formula 1 isn’t broadcast on free-to-air channels in your country, the only legal way to stream it for free is through a VPN.
Our tests determined that the best free F1 streaming site is RTBF Auvio. It hosts Full HD live streams of every F1 race, including qualifiers and Grand Prix events.
However, RTBF Auvio is not available on Fire TV devices. For Firestick, we recommend ServusTV and ORF, which host 50% of races each. But there are several more free F1 streaming websites available.
Here’s a quick summary of the methods required to watch F1 for free on different devices:
|Best Free F1 Streaming Site
|Desktop (Windows & Mac)
|Mobile (iOS & Android)
|ServusTV & ORF
|New Account Region & VPN App
|Apple TV & Roku
|VPN App & AirPlay
We provide detailed step-by-step instructions in the following sections.
How to Watch F1 on Desktop or Laptop (Windows & Mac)
Accessing free F1 live streams is easier on a computer than any other device. Simply use a VPN to get a Belgium IP address and then open the RTBF Auvio website.
To watch the race with English commentary, use your VPN’s split tunneling feature and access BBC Radio 5 on a separate browser.
Here’s how to use a VPN to stream F1 for free on desktop or laptop:
- Sign up for a compatible VPN service and download the app: ExpressVPN worked best with free F1 websites in our tests.
- Connect to a Belgian VPN server: RTBF Auvio is unavailable without a Belgian IP address.
- Navigate to the RTBF Auvio website in your web browser: When prompted, allow your browser to translate the web page.
- Create an account: Click Log in at the top right corner of the page and enter your details. Input a random Belgian ZIP code, such as 1930, as this will not be verified.
- Start streaming the race: To watch live F1 races, click the Sport button and choose the race under the Live heading.
- For English commentary, set up split tunneling:
- Configure your VPN to exclude a different browser from the VPN connection. For example, if you’re using Chrome to watch the race on RTBF Auvio, exclude Edge from the VPN.
- Access the live feed of BBC Radio 5. The BBC actively block VPNs, so it’s better to use your regular ISP connection. Radio 5 is available globally, so you won’t need to change your geo-location.
- Sync up the audio commentary to the live coverage of the race.
You can see us using ExpressVPN to stream a geo-blocked F1 race in the video below:
How to Live Stream F1 on Mobile (Android, iPhone & iPad)
Normally, to access geo-blocked apps on mobile, your Apple or Google account must be linked to a country where the app is available.
However, our research found that you can access RTBF Auvio from a mobile web browser. You don’t need to download the app to use it.
Here’s how to watch free F1 races on iOS or Android:
- Subscribe to a VPN that works with RTBF Auvio and connect to a Belgian VPN server: We recommend ExpressVPN because of its reliable performance.
- Open RTBF Auvio on your mobile device’s web browser: Create a new account if you haven’t already.
- Select the race from the home screen: Unlike on desktop, you won’t be able to simultaneously access English commentary as mobile devices only allow one audio stream at a time.
How to Live Stream F1 on Android TV
In contrast to Fire TV, RTBF Auvio has an app for Android TV, which is accessible regardless of your app store account’s region
Here’s step-by-step instructions on how to access live F1 races on Android TV:
- Sign up for a VPN that works with RTBF Auvio and has an app for Android TV and Apple TV: ExpressVPN worked well for us and has an app for both platforms.
- Download the VPN app and RTBF Auvio to your streaming device: You won’t need to change your app store region.
- Open the VPN app and connect to a Belgian VPN server.
- Open the RTBF Auvio app and start streaming the race you want to watch.
How to Stream F1 on Fire TV
Sadly, most free-to-air F1 broadcasters are not available on Fire TV. To access the apps on these devices, you’ll need to create an Austrian Amazon account and download ServusTV and ORF.
Here’s how to access geo-blocked free F1 races on Fire OS devices:
- Subscribe to a VPN that works with both ServusTV and ORF: ExpressVPN worked best in our hands-on testing.
- Create a new Austrian-based Amazon account: It’s easier to do this using a computer or mobile device rather than having to use the TV remote.
- Log in to your new account on Fire TV: Settings > My Account > Deregister. Deregistering your device will take a few minutes. Then, enter your new account details when the set up screen appears.
- Download the ServusTV and ORF apps from the app store: They are named ‘ServusTV On’ and ‘ORF TVthek: Video on demand’ respectively.
- Connect to an Austria VPN server: This is necessary to access the geo-blocked apps.
- Open the app that’s broadcasting the race: Races alternate between ORF and ServusTV.
- Select the race from the app’s home screen: Unlike on a desktop, you won’t have the ability to access English commentary simultaneously.
EXPERT TIP: Avoid streaming F1 races for free on Kodi. The platform lacks an official free F1 broadcaster, which means that all of the live streams available there are provided by illegal add-ons.
How to Watch F1 Races on Apple TV & Roku
The RTBF Auvio tvOS app isn’t available unless your App Store account is registered in Belgium.
However, we’ve found a workaround using AirPlay. As this doesn’t require the destination device to be connected to a VPN, it was also compatible with the Roku, LG, Samsung, and other AirPlay-compatible devices we tested it with.
- Sign up for a VPN that works with RTBF Auvio: We’ve had positive experiences with ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and PIA.
- Download the VPN app onto your iOS device and sign in.
- Connect to a VPN server in Belgium: You won’t be able to access RTBF Auvio without an IP address from Belgium.
- Open Safari on your iOS device to navigate to RTBF Auvio’s website: This process is not compatible with browsers other than Safari.
- Register for a free RTBF Auvio account and select the race you want to watch.
- Configure AirPlay: Tap the AirPlay icon —depicted as a triangle surrounded by circles — at the top right of the screen. Then, select your Apple TV, Roku, or another AirPlay-compatible device from the list.
- The race will start showing on your TV: You can continue to use your iOS device as usual and your stream will continue uninterrupted.
Here’s how you can AirPlay live F1 races to Apple TV and Roku: