Australian Grand Prix 2022: UK start time, how to watch, highlights channel

The Australian Grand Prix 2022 will take place this weekend, and we have all the key timings relating to the event, including the UK start time.

F1 will stage a Grand Prix in Australia for the first time since 2019. The race was originally due to be held in 2020 as the season opener. However, it was cancelled on the eve of the first practice due to the growing Covid-19 outbreak.

The 2021 race was also cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions in the country. But F1 is now back to a track that traditionally hosts the year’s first race. However, it will host the third race this time, with F1 already having travelled to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in 2022.

Red Bull and Ferrari have set the pace in the season’s opening races. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took a commanding victory in Bahrain. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen then bounced back from an enforced retirement in round one to win in Saudi Arabia.

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Leclerc currently leads the Drivers’ Championship standings after two races, 12 points ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz. Verstappen is in third, on 25 points.

Mercedes, meanwhile, will be looking to close the gap to the frontrunners after an uncharacteristically poor start to the season. The team have been struggling with issues relating to drag and their power unit.

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Lewis Hamilton managed to get a podium in Bahrain, but could not get out of Q1 in Saudi Arabia before finishing in 10th place. Team-mate George Russell finished fifth in Bahrain and a credible fourth in Saudi Arabia.

Let’s take a look at all the key timings for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix 2022, including the UK start time:

What is the UK start time of the Australian Grand Prix 2022?

The Australian Grand Prix 2022 has a UK start time of 6am on Sunday morning. That means an early start for UK viewers, with Melbourne nine hours ahead.

Saturday’s qualifying session, meanwhile, starts at a slightly later time of 7am.

How can I watch the Australian Grand Prix?

UK viewers can watch the entire Australian Grand Prix weekend on the Sky Sports F1 channel. Virgin Media users can access the channel by pressing 506 on their TV remote. For Sky users, it is available on channel 406.

The entire weekend will also be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event (Virgin channel 501, Sky 401), as per current scheduling.

How much will it cost to watch the Australian Grand Prix?

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UK viewers need to have an active Sky Sports subscription, or NOW TV pass, to watch this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

You can purchase a subscription to the Sky Sports F1 channel for £18 per month. Another option is to pay to access all Sky Sports channels, which is available for £25 a month.

The Australian Grand Prix will also be available on the Sky Go app.

Alternatively, viewers can also purchase a NOW TV pass to watch the action. A day membership, which gives access to Sky Sports channels for a one-off payment of £11.98, can be purchased via the NOW TV website. It costs £20 a month for nine months for a sports membership.

Where can I watch the Australian Grand Prix 2022 highlights?

If you cannot watch the race live, a highlights package for both qualifying and the race will be available on Channel 4.

The qualifying highlights will begin at 11am. The race highlights, meanwhile, start at 3:05pm.

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