F1 Australian GP: How and when to watch 2020 opener on Sky Sports F1

New season. New possibilities. All live on Sky Sports F1.

Formula 1 is making its long-awaited return next weekend – and you can watch every session from the Australian GP live only on Sky Sports F1.

The key times for the first race of an eagerly-anticipated 2020 season are:

  • Qualifying begins at 6am on Saturday, March 14, with build-up from 5am
  • The race begins at 5.10am on Sunday March 15, with build-up from 3am

All of our live shows from Melbourne will be simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event, while the race – and The F1 Show – will be simulcast on Sky One.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice a slightly earlier start to our build-up on Sunday, and that’s because Sky Sports F1 is debuting a brand new race day schedule for 2020.

Your essential build-up will begin with Sunday Social at 3am, providing the perfect start to race day as we bring you the big stories from qualifying, plus interviews and all the colour from the paddock ahead of the race.

At 4am, it will then be time for our new Grand Prix Sunday show as our team of experts count down to lights out, featuring extensive analysis from the pit-lane, must-watch features, and Martin Brundle’s Grid Walk.

Our Welcome To The Weekend show – rounding up Thursday’s news – has also moved, with the programme now taking place half an hour before Practice One.

Our team – including 2009 world champion Jenson Button, Paul Di Resta and Ted Kravitz – will be providing expert analysis from Melbourne over the weekend, and you can follow all the action on Sky Sports F1.

How to watch F1 2020 with Sky F1

Sky F1 is the only place to see every race live in 2020 and until March 26, new and existing Sky TV subscribers can upgrade to Sky Sports F1 for only £10 extra a month for 12 months.

  • Get Sky F1’s new £10 offer

And it’s not just the main feed you receive on your Sky box.

Sky Q customers can access a host of extras – including Race Control, a multi-option experience where you can watch on-board streams, the latest clips and more alongside the world feed for side-by-side viewing.

Sky F1 subscribers will also be able to tune in to watch the channel’s coverage on Sky Go while every track session will also be available to watch on the Sky Sports App via Race Control.

iOS users: Download the Sky Sports app from the App Store
Android users: Download the Sky Sports app from the Play Store

Want to catch-up? Highlights and the best of Sky F1 will also be published On Demand.

And for non-subscribers, you can watch the whole season for £198 – that’s just £9 per race – with a NOW TV F1 Season Ticket.

Sky Sports F1’s Australian GP schedule

Thursday, March 12
5am: Drivers’ Press Conference LIVE!

Friday, March 13
12.30am: Welcome To The Weekend LIVE!*
1am: Australian GP Practice One LIVE!*
4.45am: Practice Two Build-Up LIVE!*
5am: Australian GP Practice Two LIVE!*
7.30am: The Story So Far LIVE!*

Saturday, March 14
2.45am: Practice Three Build-Up LIVE!*
3am: Australian GP Practice Three LIVE!*
4.10am: Paddock Walkabout LIVE!*
5am: Qualifying Build-Up LIVE!*
6am: Australian GP Qualifying LIVE!*
7.30am: The F1 Show LIVE!**

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