How to watch Portugal Formula 1 Grand Prix live and free
A single point separates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in a thrilling F1 battle heading into this weekend's race in Portugal.
It was only six months ago that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portugal F1 Grand Prix to become the most successful F1 driver of all time. With his 92nd Grand Prix win, he passed Michael Schumacher's previous record of 91 wins.
This year it's a different story as Dutchman Max Verstappen threatens to break Mercedes' dominance of the sport which dates back to 2014. Hamilton sits on top of the driver standings with 44 points, with Verstappen (43) breathing down his neck.
F1 Portugal Grand Prix Australian start time
Lights go out for the Portuguese Grand Prix at midnight AEST on Monday 3 May.
How to watch Portugal Formula 1 Grand Prix
There are 23 races on the new F1 schedule and they are all live on Kayo Sports and Foxtel. For a full breakdown of your viewing options, check out our F1 guide. We also have a rundown of this season's F1 calendar, teams and drivers.
Can I watch F1 Portugal Formula 1 on free-to-air?
No. Of the 23 races on the 2021 schedule, only the Australian GP in November can be seen on free-to-air TV, on 10 play. Channel 10 will be showing a one-hour highlight program of the other 22 races on Monday nights. They will be shown on 10 Bold.
Stream F1 Portugal on Kayo
If you love your motorsport, you need to check out Kayo Sports. On top of every F1 and V8 Supercars race, it also has IndyCar and MotoGP. Right now you can watch all the action for no cost if you are a new customer using Kayo's 14-day free trial.
After that a Basic subscription will cost you $25 per month and gives you access to 2 screens or devices. For $10 more per month a Premium subscription gives you 3 screens. There are no lock-in contracts and you can cancel at any time.
This weekend you are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to live sport on Kayo. As well as every minute of the latest F1 round in Portugal, you can opt for live MotoGP, AFL, NRL, NBA or UFC, among others. In total Kayo has access to more than 50 sports.
Kayo also has a number of special features, including some specifically for motorsport. RaceView allows fans to watch four feeds on one screen. HeliCam, Race Centre, Pit Lane and driver cameras are also among the options.
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Who will win F1 Portugal?
After two drama-charged races in Bahrain and Italy, in which Hamilton and Verstappen have split the spoils, the championship race is shaping up to be a thriller. The F1 season is also about to seriously heat up, with Portimão the first of five races in the next seven weeks.
We've tipped Hamilton over the opening two races because, let's be honest, it's usually one of the safest predictions in world sport. But the hard-nosed Verstappen is pushing his Mercedes rival to the limit in a spicy rivalry reminiscent of the fierce battles between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in the late 1980s.
Hamilton certainly didn't have much luck at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola where he damaged the front wing of his car early in the race. It cost him valuable time until the damage was repaired on lap 32 after a red-flag stoppage.
However, it was the pressure applied from Verstappen that caused Hamilton to make a rare mistake. We're tipping Verstappen to win in Portugal and take the lead of a world championship for the first time in his career.
On the Australian front, McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo said this week he had no regrets about leaving Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season. But one can't help wonder whether he would be in the frame for a world title if he didn't defect to Renault, where he made just two podiums, before another switch to McLaren.
While Ricciardo has been more competitive in the McLaren, he is still in seventh place on the overall standings on 14 points, a massive 30 behind Hamilton.
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