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

The eighth race of the 2018 Formula 1 season is right around the corner, with the French Grand Prix scheduled to take place this weekend. Here’s our guide on how to watch the action unfold from the United Kingdom, including channels and times for practice races, qualifying and the main event.

Vettel’s win at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 10 earned him the top spot in the 2018 Formula 1 Standings, pushing former pack leader Hamilton into second place – so we can expect to see an exciting race in France as the Brit fights to claw back the lead, while teammate Bottas works hard to continue climbing the table.

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

The French Grand Prix will kick off at 3:10 pm (BST) on June 24. You won’t have to wait till then, however, to watch Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo and the rest of the French F1 competitors wizz around the infamous Circuit Paul-Ricard – practice sessions will commence on June 22 and qualifying will take place on June 23.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, June 22

  • 11 am – French GP Practice 1
  • 3 pm – French GP Practice 2

Saturday, June 23

  • 12 pm – French GP Practice 3
  • 3 pm – French GP Qualifying Session

Sunday, June 24

  • 1:30 pm – French GP Drivers Parade
  • 2 pm – French GP Starting Grid Presentaton
  • 2:56 pm – National Anthem
  • 3:10 pm – The French Grand Prix

French Grand Prix: How to watch the French GP online and on TV

Channel 4 and Sky both have TV rights for the 2018 Formula 1 season, and the French GP is the eighth of the ten races that will be shown by both broadcasters – online and on live TV.

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

Alternatively, you can watch all of the key events for free on Channel 4.

And finally, 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 £6.99 for a Day Pass or £10.99 for a Week Pass – the latter of which is the best value for F1 fans, as it will cover them from Friday to Sunday.

You can access Now TV in a number of ways, including apps for your phone, tablet or smart TV, or streaming devices and sticks. Now TV has its own dedicated streaming box that you can pick up for a bargain price alongside 3 months of the Entertainment Pass, for example.

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