Australian Grand Prix 2018: F1 schedule, UK times and how to watch

F1 is back. The 2018 season gets underway in Melbourne this weekend, with the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s our guide on how to catch the action in Blighty, including channels and UK times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event.

With everything taking place well into the night, we’d recommend stocking up on coffee and plenty of snacks so you don’t miss reigning champion Lewis Hamilton battle it out with last year’s Australian GP winner Sebastian Vettel. It should all be rather exciting.

The Brit came out on top in both Practice One and Practice Two on Friday morning, trailed by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the first session, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the second. Vettel came fifth both times out.

Australian Grand Prix Schedule: What time is F1 on TV this weekend?

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

Here’s the full Australian GP race schedule:

Friday March 23
12:30am – Australian GP Practice One Build-up
1am − Australian GP Practice One
4.45am − Australian GP Practice Two build-up
5am − Australian GP Practice Two

Saturday March 24
2.45am − Australian GP Practice Three build-up
3am − Australian GP Practice Three
5am − Australian GP Qualifying build-up
6am − Australian GP Qualifying
7.45am − The F1 Show

Sunday March 25
4.30am − Australian GP Pit Lane
5.30am − Australian GP On the Grid
6.10am − THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
8.30am − Australian GP Paddock

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

Sky and Channel 4 have both got TV rights, but the Australian 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 this season’s opener, you can watch the action by picking 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 completely free on both Friday and Saturday night.

To catch Channel 4’s highlights from 2.30pm 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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