The F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream will bring to an end the most exciting F1 season in years and you can watch it FOR FREE in some countries.
The 2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. GMT today (Sunday, December 12).
• FREE LIVE STREAM — Watch on Ziggo Sport (opens in new tab) (NL)
• U.K. — Watch on Channel 4.com (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN2 via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)
The big news ahead of the race is that Max Verstappen of Red Bull will be on pole after a thrilling qualifying session yesterday that raised as many questions as it answered.
Though Verstappen was fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton, he will start on the soft tires whereas the Mercedes man will be on mediums.
As a result, Verstappen should be able to open up a lead from the start — assuming nothing goes wrong in the first corner — but it also means Hamilton will be able to pit later, and that he'll have the quicker rubber later in the race.
In short, it keeps everyone guessing as to how the race might play out, and that's entirely in keeping with a season that has seemingly been scripted by Hollywood. Since the pair first went wheel to wheel at the opening Bahrain Grand Prix right up until last week's drama in Saudi Arabia, they've traded fastest laps, pole positions, victories and the title lead multiple times.
Along the way, there's been drama, controversy, rancor and outright hostility. They've collided three times and come close about a dozen more; there have been accusations of cheating and bad sportsmanship. Frankly, it might be more fitting if the title was decided in the boxing ring.
Fortunately, it will instead be decided on the track, with the rivals level on points going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. And that means whoever finishes ahead here will be crowned champion.
Elsewhere on the grid, Lando Norris will start third after a superb lap, with Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull fourth. But Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas could only manage sixth and may not be able to help out much. Nikita Mazepin, meanwhile, has tested positive and won't take part (not that he'd have finished anywhere other than last anyway).
Honestly, we've not been this excited since that Christmas when we got a Star Wars Millennium Falcon, so we'll be glued to every second of the race today, which starts at 1 p.m. GMT / 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT.
You'll be able to follow it all live — and in fact there are now several ways you can watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream FOR FREE, depending on where you are in the world. Read on for all the details.
Abu Dhabi GP free live streams
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream for free
The great news for this title decider is that the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream will be available FOR FREE in the U.K., the Netherlands, Austria or Luxembourg.
That's because the race will be shown on Channel 4 (opens in new tab) in the U.K., Ziggo Sport (opens in new tab) in the Netherlands, Red Bull's own ServusTV (opens in new tab) in Austria and RTL Zwee (opens in new tab) in Luxembourg.
If you're usually based in one of those countries but aren't at home for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.
Abu Dhabi GP live streams around the world
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world
It's natural that you might want to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there when the race is on?
Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream on Channel4.com (opens in new tab), even though they're not in the U.K.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Channel 4 or another website and watch the race.
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in the US
As with all F1 races this season, the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream will be shown on ESPN2.
But there's more good news on the ESPN front — because the final race will also be streamed live on ESPN Plus, ESPN's standalone streaming service; usually, ESPN Plus is not included in F1 coverage.
There are several ways you can access ESPN — and two of them are among our picks for the best streaming services.
ESPN2 is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. Either way, coverage of the big race starts at 8 a.m. ET today (Sunday, December 12).
As well as being available through your cable service across the weekend, you can also stream the race via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions.
If you don't want to pay for live ESPN in some fashion or another, your best alternative is F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab). This is F1's own official F1 live stream service, and as with ESPN's own coverage, it uses the feed from Sky Sports F1.
F1 TV Pro costs $10 per month or $80 for the season, which is much better value considering there are set to be 23 races this year. Plus you also get Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, and F1's archive of classic Grands Prix.
And remember, if you're usually based in the U.S. but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) — meaning you can view an F1 live stream from anywhere in the world.
If you're not already a Sling TV (opens in new tab) subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange in order to watch ESPN. This costs $35/month and includes dozens of other great channels.
Love sports? Then check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. The channel lineup includes ESPN2, plus other top networks including Bravo, FX and MTV.
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in the UK
The big news in the U.K. is that Channel 4 (opens in new tab) has struck a deal with Sky Sports to show the race FOR FREE today. That means the Grand Prix action will be available to anyone watching live TV or via the Channel 4 website (opens in new tab) or the various C4 apps on smart TVs, Roku, Chromecast, games consoles and other devices. Coverage will start from 12 p.m. GMT, with the race itself at 1 p.m.
Of course you may still want to follow on Sky Sports, and Sky Sports F1 will show all of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix action, and in up to 4K resolution on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1. There'll also be plenty of build up and analysis beforehand.
You'll need to be a Sky Sports (opens in new tab) subscriber to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream: the Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 per month, and there are packages available that give you lots more channels for only a bit extra.
To follow it in ultra high-definition 4K, you'll need to pay a little more: you'll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, that'd come to £45 a month, plus a £20 one-off payment if you're not an existing subscriber.
A far cheaper option is to buy a Now Sports Pass (opens in new tab). This will give you all 11 of the Sky Sports channels for a limited time, with pricing starting at £9.99 for a Day Pass and £33.99 for one month. There's no 4K available here though.
Again, if you're usually based in the U.K. but are elsewhere at the moment, you can still watch the services you subscribe to, by using one of the best VPN services.
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Canada
TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) also remains an option for fans looking for an F1 live stream.
All sessions are broadcast on TSN, and if you receive the network through your cable or satellite provider, you can use TSN Go by signing in with your TV service credentials. Cord-cutters will want to check out TSN Direct (opens in new tab), which comes in day- and month-long passes for $8 or $20 CAD, respectively. The TSN app (opens in new tab) will allow you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device.
Not actually in Canada at the moment? ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) and other VPN services can help you access the services you already subscribe to.
How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Australia
Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 live streams in Australia, which means you can watch the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix online via Foxtel (opens in new tab).
Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) is another option. This service offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25.
You can also use one of the best VPN services to follow the action from your home country even when you're elsewhere.
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starting grid
Red Bull Racing Honda
Red Bull Racing Honda
Aston Martin Mercedes
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
Aston Martin Mercedes
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
F1 Abu Dhabi GP schedule
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend started on Friday with practice 1 and 2. Third practice and qualifying were on Saturday, and the race is today (Sunday, December 12).
Friday, December 10
- Practice 1: 4.30 a.m. – 5.30 a.m. ET (1.30 a.m. – 2.30 a.m PT / 9.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. GMT)
- Practice 2: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 6 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. GMT)
Saturday, December 11
- Practice 3: 5 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET (2 a.m. – 3 a.m PT / 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. GMT)
- Qualifying: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 6 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. GMT)
Sunday, December 12
Race: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET (5 a.m. – 7 a.m PT / 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. GMT)
Who has the advantage in the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen, in the Red Bull, has had the advantage for much of the season and was 21 points ahead as recently as three races ago. But each time Hamilton has pulled him back and they go into this final contest level on points and with all still up for grabs.
What happens next is anyone's guess — although we do know for sure that whoever finishes ahead in Abu Dhabi will be crowned 2021 F1 champion.
Although actually, that's not quite true; if one finishes ninth and the other tenth but takes fastest lap, they would still be level on points. Any other season we'd dismiss that as outlandish, but you never know…
More likely is that both crash out while grappling for the lead, and if that happens Verstappen will win the title based on having scored nine victories to Hamilton's eight. That would be somewhat unfair, given that Verstappen's extra victory came in the Spa race-that-wasn't-a-race, but it's what the rules say.
The most likely scenario of all, though, is that they finish first and second after yet another thrilling race to the flag. And in that case, it really will be a matter of winner takes all. Just don't ask us to predict which order they'll cross the line in.
F1 standings, line-ups, calendar
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix — current driver standings
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||369.5|
|4||Sergio Perez||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||190|
|6||Lando Norris||GBR||MCLAREN MERCEDES||154|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||MCLAREN MERCEDES||115|
|9||Pierre Gasly||FRA||ALPHATAURI HONDA||100|
|10||Fernando Alonso||ESP||ALPINE RENAULT||77|
|11||Esteban Ocon||FRA||ALPINE RENAULT||72|
ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES
|13||Lance Stroll||CAN||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||34|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||ALPHATAURI HONDA||20|
|15||George Russell||GBR||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||16|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||10|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||7|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||3|
|19||Mick Schumacher||GER||HAAS FERRARI|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||RAF||HAAS FERRARI||0|
|21||Robert Kubica||POL||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||0|
F1 2021 car and driver line-ups
Kimi Raikkonen (7)
Antonio Giovinazzi (99)
Pierre Gasly (10)
Yuki Tsunoda (22)
Fernando Alonso (14)
Esteban Ocon (31)
Sebastian Vettel (5)
Lance Stroll (18)
Charles Leclerc (16)
Carlos Sainz (55)
Nikita Mazepin (9)
Mick Schumacher (47)
Daniel Ricciardo (3)
Lando Norris (4)
Lewis Hamilton (44)
Valtteri Bottas (77)
Max Verstappen (33)
Sergio Perez (11)
George Russell (63)
Nicholas Latifi (6)
Full 2021 F1 calendar
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
30 April 2 May
Portuguese Grand Prix
Spanish Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku street circuit
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard
|Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring|
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
British Grand Prix
30 July - 1 Aug
Hungarian Grand Prix
Belgian Grand Prix
Dutch Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
|24-26 Sept||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi International Street Circuit|
|8-10 Oct||Turkish Grand Prix||Intercity Instanbul Park||Turkey|
US Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
|5-7 Oct||Mexico Grand Prix|
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Brazilian Grand Prix
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit