Australian Grand Prix 2019: F1 schedule, UK times and how to watch

F1 is back. The 2019 season gets underway in Melbourne this weekend, with the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s our guide on how to catch the action, including channels and UK times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event.

With everything taking place in the early hours, we’d recommend stocking up on coffee and plenty of comfort food 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, trailed by Vettel in the first session, and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the second.

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

The first stop on the 2019 Formula One world tour is Melbourne, with the main action taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Read on for all the live stream details.

Here’s this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix race schedule (all times GMT):

Saturday March 16

  • 2:45am − Australian GP Practice Three build-up (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event)
  • 3am − Australian GP Practice Three (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event)
  • 5am − Australian GP Qualifying build-up (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 6am − Australian GP Qualifying (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 7:30am − The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)

Sunday March 17

  • 3:30am − Australian GP Pit Lane (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 4:15am − Australian GP On the Grid (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 5:10am − THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 7am − Australian GP Paddock (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 8am − Full race replay (Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky One)
  • 11:35am − Full race replay (Sky Sports F1, Sky One)

Australian Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream details

Sky now has exclusive rights to F1 in the UK, but you’ll be able to 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, Sky Sports F1 and Sky One. 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 £8.99 (for a Day Pass) or £14.99 (for a Week Pass). The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fanatics, especially if you’re completely free on both Saturday and Sunday morning.

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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