(Pocket-lint) – After the controversial conclusion to last season, there will be more eyes on this year’s than ever. Can Lewis Hamilton make up for the last lap disappointment or will Max Verstappen win the championship again to further cement his place in history?
Of course, there could even be a shock contender at the top, with several drivers switching teams and George Russell gaining a seat at Mercedes. It’s certainly going to be an interesting few months.
So how can you watch it unfold? What races are on the calendar and will it all be broadcast in 4K UHD? How about HDR? Find out here.
When does the F1 2022 season start?
Testing for the F1 2022 season has finished and we’re on the brink of the season starting in full. The main calendar kick-offs fully on 18 March, with practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix leading into the first race itself on Sunday 20 March 2022.
Here are all the planned Grand Prix and their practice, qualifying and race weekends. Note, the Russian GP has been cancelled altogether following the country’s current invasion of Ukraine.
- Bahrain: 18-20 March 2022
- Saudi Arabia: 25-27 March 2022
- Australia: 8-10 April 2022
- Italy (Emilia Romagna): 22-24 April 2022
- United States (Miami): 6-8 May 2022
- Spain: 20-22 May 2022
- Monaco: 27-29 May 2022
- Azerbaijan: 10-12 June 2022
- Canada: 17-19 June 2022
- Great Britain: 01-03 July 2022
- Austria: 08-10 July 2022
- France: 22-24 July 2022
- Hungary: 29-31 July 2022
- Belgium: 26-28 August 2022
- Netherlands: 02-04 September 2022
- Italy (Monza): 09-11 September 2022
- Singapore: 20-02 September/October 2022
- Japan: 07-09 October 2022
- United States (Austin): 21-23 October 2022
- Mexico: 28-30 October 2022
- Brazil: 11-13 November 2022
- Abu Dhabi: 18-20 November 2022
How to watch the F1 2022 season on TV in the UK
All races are broadcast live by Sky on the Sky F1 channel for Sky Sports subscribers. Practice and qualifying days too. That means that it will be available for Now customers with Sports membership, plus Sky Q and Sky Glass customers who also take a Sky Sports package.
To get 4K Ultra HD coverage, you will need a compatible Sky Q 1TB or 1TB UHD box., Sky Sports membership and an Ultra HD add-on. You’ll also need a 4K TV.
Sky Glass owners will need the “Sky Sports” and “Sky Ultra HDR and Dolby Atmos” add-ons to get 4K coverage.
This season will also be available with HDR (much like Premier League football). Sky has confirmed that it will be shown in “Ultra HDR” for those with compatible Sky Q boxes or Sky Glass.
You can check if your Sky Q box is HDR-enabled in our guide here.
How to watch the F1 2022 season on iPhone, iPad or Android in the UK
The Sky Sports F1 channel is available to Now account holders with Sports membership. It will also be streamed live at no extra cost on the Sky Go app for Sky TV customers with a Sky Sports subscription.
How to watch the F1 2022 season for free in the UK
Channel 4 continues to hold the highlights rights for F1 2022 in the UK.
You will be able, therefore, to watch highlights packages of the qualifying sessions and races on Channel 4 and its All 4 streaming service after they have finished.
For example, the qualifying highlights for the Bahrain Grand Prix will start at 6.30pm on Saturday 19 March 2022. The race highlights will be shown at 8pm on Sunday 20 March.
How to watch the F1 2022 season in the US
The US TV rights for the F1 2022 season are shared between ESPN and ABC.
Races will therefore be shown on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC in the States.
Writing by Rik Henderson. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.