2021 F1 Abu Dhabi GP – How to watch, session timings and more

Formula 1 reaches its season finale with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton level on points for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 22nd round of the 2021 season on 10-12 December.

2021 F1 Abu Dhabi GP – How to watch, session timings and more

Hamilton won a dramatic and chaotic Saudi Arabian GP last weekend, while also setting the fastest lap to put him level on points with Verstappen as the Red Bull driver finished in second place. 

The fight for victory became the latest controversial tussle between the title contenders, with Verstappen slapped with a five-second penalty during the race for going off-track at Turn 2 to defend his lead against Hamilton, before a post-race 10-second penalty for “erratic” braking when the pair clashed at Turn 27. 

With Verstappen and Hamilton tied on points, the Dutch driver holds the smallest of advantages by having more wins this season – nine to Hamilton’s eight – meaning if they remain tied on points after the Abu Dhabi GP he would take the title on countback.

Put simply, whoever finishes in front, assuming both drivers are in the top 10, they will be crowned 2021 F1 world champion. Here’s the full F1 title permutations for the Abu Dhabi GP

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Full 2021 Abu Dhabi GP session timings

Friday 10th December 2021

Free Practice 1: 9:30am-10:30am GMT (1:30pm-2:30pm local)

Free Practice 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm GMT (5:00pm-6:00pm local)

Saturday 11th December 2021

Free Practice 3: 10:00am-11:00am GMT (2:00pm-3:00pm local)

Qualifying: 1:00pm-2:00pm GMT (5:00pm-6:00pm local)

Sunday 12th December 2021

Race: 1:00pm GMT (5:00pm local)

How can I watch Formula 1?

Formula 1 is usually only shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, however Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have reached an agreement that means Channel 4 will also broadcast the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for free

Both Channel 4 will the Sky commentary and analysis teams, but the deal means that fans without access to Sky Sports will also be able to watch the historic race live.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

How can I watch the Abu Dhabi GP?

  • Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD
  • Channel numbers - Sky: 406
  • Channel numbers - Virgin Media: 506 (Sky Sports F1 HD)

Sky Sports has live and exclusive broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom, with the build-up to the F1 race starting from 11:30am ahead of lights out at 1:00pm. The race is also being shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 11:30am.

When can I watch the Abu Dhabi GP on Channel 4?

  • Channel: Channel 4
  • Start time: TBC

The details of the deal with Sky are yet to be confirmed, however as the race starts at 1pm, coverage of the race will need to start before then.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Will the Abu Dhabi GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations or via the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of the Abu Dhabi GP will start at 1:00pm GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the Abu Dhabi GP

The Yas Marina Circuit is set for dry and clear weather conditions throughout the race weekend, with a very low chance of rain on each day of track action. Highs of 26 degrees Celsius are predicted on Sunday for the start of the race with the temperature dipping as the race progresses into the night.

Most F1 Abu Dhabi GP wins

Lewis Hamilton: 5 wins (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)

Sebastian Vettel: 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2013)

Max Verstappen: 1 win (2020)

Valtteri Bottas: 1 win (2017)

Nico Rosberg: 1 win (2015)

Kimi Raikkonen: 1 win (2012)

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