Chinese GP 2018: F1 schedule, UK times and how to watch on TV and online

We’re only two races into the 2018 season, but things are already getting tense for everyone who isn’t Sebastian Vettel. The German triumphed in both Australia and Bahrain, leaving his biggest challengers − particularly Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas − scratching their helmets.

And so we move on to Shanghai, and the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel finished second on this circuit a year ago, with Hamilton pipping him to the post and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking the third podium spot.

Hamilton came out on top in both the first and second practice sessions on Friday morning, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second spot (both times) and Bottas third (both times). Vettel came fourth and then sixth, but then again he wasn’t hugely impressive during practice in Australia and Bahrain either, but pulled it out of the bag when it mattered.

Here’s our guide on how to catch the Chinese GP this weekend, including channels and UK times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event. However, be warned − the bulk of the action takes place in the very early morning, so prepare for some horrendously late nights or extremely early wake-up calls.

Let’s all hope there are no nasty pit stop incidents this time out.

Chinese Grand Prix Schedule: What time is the F1 on TV?

The third stop on the 2018 Formula One world tour is Shanghai, with action taking place from Thursday right through until Sunday. Read on for all the live stream details.

Here’s the full Chinese GP schedule (all times BST):

Thursday April 12
8am − Drivers’ Press Conference
8.45pm − Paddock Uncut: China

Friday April 13
2.45am − Practice One build-up
3am − Practice One
5am − Team Principals’ Press Conference
6.45am − Practice Two build-up
7am − Practice Two

Saturday April 14
3.45am − Practice Three build-up
4am − Practice Three
6am − Qualifying build-up
7am − Qualifying
8.45am − The F1 Show

Sunday April 15
5.30am − Chinese GP Pit Lane
6.30am − Chinese GP On the Grid
7.10am − THE CHINESE GRAND PRIX
9.30AM − Chinese GP Paddock

Chinese GP: How to watch the race online and on TV

Sky and Channel 4 have both got TV rights, but the Chinese GP is one of several races that will be exclusive to Sky this season. You can catch the highlights via Channel 4.

If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can tune in – in 4K, no less – on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1. You can also tune in using the Sky Go mobile app, at no additional charge. Here are some quick-links to help you:

If you’re not a Sky customer, but desperately don’t want to miss a moment of the action, you can pick up a NOW TV Sports Pass, which will set you back either £6.99 (for a Day Pass) or £10.99 (for a Week Pass). The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fanatics, especially if you’re planning to watch literally everything.

To catch Channel 4’s highlights from 2pm on Sunday, you’ll need to head to the normal broadcast channel or the All 4 website linked below for an on-demand service:

Alternatively, you can watch the action using the All 4 mobile app:

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