F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more

Max Verstappen will start from pole position after topping qualifying for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more

Verstappen secured his seventh pole position of the 2022 campaign with two laps that were good enough for the top spot, ultimately setting a 1m23.824s that was 0.228s quicker than his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez.

That came despite a "scare" when his car shut down ahead of his first Q3 run.  

Double world champion Verstappen has pledged to help Perez in his battle for second in the standings with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who will start third alongside stablemate Carlos Sainz.

After its best weekend of the season in Brazil, Mercedes could only lock out the third row with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in what team boss Toto Wolff called "one to put in the toilet". 

As Lando Norris (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) shared the fourth row, retiring four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel set himself up for a strong final F1 race with a decent effort to secure ninth on the grid for Aston Martin.

Daniel Ricciardo also secured a Q3 place on his last appearance for McLaren, but has a three-place grid drop for his clash with Kevin Magnussen at the Brazilian Grand Prix last time out, meaning the man who will replace Vettel next year - outgoing Alpine driver Fernando Alonso - will start alongside him in tenth.

Yuki Tsunoda is elevated to 11th for AlphaTauri ahead of Mick Schumacher in his final race for Haas and Ricciardo, while Pierre Gasly will line up 17th in his final start with AlphaTauri before joining Ocon at Alpine next season.

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

When is the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

  • Date: Sunday 20th November 2022
  • Start time: 1:00pm GMT, 5:00pm local time

The 22nd round of the 2022 F1 season, the Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina circuit, gets underway at 5:00pm local time (1:00pm GMT) on Sunday 20th November.

How can I watch Formula 1?

In the United Kingdom Formula 1 is broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.

Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels which costs £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.98p or a month membership of £33.99p per month.

How can I watch the F1 Abu Dhabi GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Abu Dhabi GP, with the race shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will be starting at 11:30am on Sky Sports F1 and 12:30pm on Sky Sports Main Event, ahead of the race start at 1:00pm GMT.

  • Channels: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
  • Start time: 11:30am GMT on Sky Sports F1, 12:30pm GMT on Sky Sports Main Event, Sunday 20thNovember 2022

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Abu Dhabi GP here. 

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by: Gareth Harford / Motorsport Images

When can I watch the F1 Abu Dhabi GP highlights?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of the Abu Dhabi GP at 5:30pm GMT on Sunday. The full programme will run for two-and-a-half hours, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.

For the entire 2022 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

  • Channel: Channel 4
  • Start time: 5:30pm GMT, Sunday 20th November 2022

Will the F1 Abu Dhabi GP be on the radio? 

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the BBC Sounds app and the via the BBC Sport website.

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

 Weather forecast for the F1 Abu Dhabi GP

Current weather forecasts predict hot and dry conditions at the Yas Marina circuit, with a low chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be 29 degrees Celsius for the start of the race, one degree warmer than the Brazilian GP last time out.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

How many laps is the F1 Abu Dhabi GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 58 laps at the Yas Marina circuit, covering a total race distance of 306.183km.

F1 Abu Dhabi GP starting grid

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Red Bull 1'23.824  
2 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Red Bull 1'24.052 0.228
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1'24.092 0.268
4 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari Ferrari 1'24.242 0.418
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1'24.508 0.684
6 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes Mercedes 1'24.511 0.687
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1'24.769 0.945
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1'24.830 1.006
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1'24.961 1.137
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1'25.096 1.272
11 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Red Bull 1'25.219 1.395
12 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1'25.225 1.401
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1'25.045 1.221
14 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1'25.359 1.535
15 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'25.408 1.584
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1'25.834 2.010
17 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Red Bull 1'25.859 2.035
18 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'25.892 2.068
19 Thailand Alex Albon Williams Mercedes 1'26.028 2.204
20 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1'26.054 2.230
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