How to watch Russian F1 Grand Prix live and free in Australia
Red Bull's Max Verstappen holds a narrow lead over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton as the F1 roadshow moves to Russia.
Flying Dutchman Max Verstappen increased his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton slightly at the famed Monza circuit in the last round. But it was Australia's Daniel Ricciardo who stole the show with his first victory in 3 years.
Verstappen (226.5 points) leads 7-time champion Hamilton (221.5) in what remains one of the closest title races since 2010.
Racing moves to Russia, which will host an F1 race for the 10th time in history, and Hamilton's Mercedes team should feel right at home. The Mercedes/Benz teams (Benz won the race in 1913 and 1914) have taken out all 9 previous Russian Grands Prix, with Hamilton himself winning 4 of them.
Here's how you can catch the action.
When is the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix?
This Grand Prix is being held from 24–26 September. Practice sessions are held on Friday and Saturday, with qualifying to follow. The main race gets underway at 10pm AEST on Sunday night.
How to watch F1 Russia
Can I watch the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix on free-to-air TV?
No. Channel 10 is showing 1-hour highlights programs on Monday nights for some of this year's races, including the Russian GP. They will be shown on 10 Bold and 10 play, this week at 10:20pm AEST.
Stream Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix on Kayo Sports
While the Russian GP practice and qualifying sessions are part of Kayo Freebies, the main race itself requires a subscription.
Kayo Sports is the home of motorsport for Australians. It has every F1 and V8 Supercar race, as well as IndyCar and MotoGP. If you are yet to try it out, Kayo has a 14-day free trial for new customers.
Following the trial period, a Basic subscription will cost you $25 a month and gives you access to 2 screens or devices. You can also opt for a Premium option for $35 a month that gives you an additional screen or device. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Kayo also has a range of awesome special features, including some specifically tailored to motorsport. RaceView allows fans to watch 4 feeds on 1 screen. HeliCam, Race Centre, Pit Lane and driver cameras are also among the features. All up Kayo has access to more than 50 sports. We have a full review of the service.
Who will win the Russian Grand Prix?
With a lead of only 5 points, Max Verstappen and the Red Bull team will be nervous heading to Russia given the stranglehold Mercedes have held on this race over the years. Lewis Hamilton (4), Valtteri Bottas (2) and Nico Rosberg have combined to win the last 7 Russian Grands Prix for Mercedes.
The title race has some added spice after last week's collision between Verstappen and Hamilton which could have been disastrous for the Brit if not for some good fortune and the Halo safety feature.
The subsequent penalty Verstappen picked up as a result will further hurt his chances this week. Viewers will also be eager to see whether Australian Daniel Ricciardo can back up his outstanding performance in Italy with at least another podium finish here.
The title is a 2-horse race and by the end of the weekend we think Hamilton will be back on track for number 8 as he regains the lead in the drivers' championship.