F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream — how to watch the race free online right now, starting grid

(R to L) Ferrari's driver Carlos Sainz Jr (R) and Red Bull Racing's driver Sergio Perez (L) will be gunning for second place at the F1 Abu Dhabi live stream
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This is the end. This is time to watch the 2022 F1 The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream online, and see how the season concludes.

You'll be able to watch it play out online, so read on and we'll show you how to watch F1 live streams from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab), potentially for FREE.

2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream: How to watch live online

The 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is today (Sunday, Nov. 20) at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. GMT, which is 12  a.m. AEDT (Monday, Nov. 21)
► FREE LIVE STREAM —  ServusTV (opens in new tab) (Austria)
► U.S. — ESPN via SlingTV (opens in new tab)
► U.K.Sky Sports (opens in new tab) or Now (opens in new tab)
► Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

At Qualifying, Red Bull's Max Verstappen took pole position in strong form. His teammate Sergio Perez was two-tenths behind in second, and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took third, another tenth back — in front of team mate Carlos Sainz, in foruth. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, are P5 and P6, respectively. Yes, the top three teams are placed atop the grid.

All that said, never before has a fight for second-place seemed so dramatic. Right now, Leclerc and Perez are in a dead-heat for second place, as both men have 290 points. That said, we don't think that the latter would be tied if his teammate had listened to instructions. 

Red Bull's Gianpiero Lambiase told Verstappen, who already locked up the Driver's Championship, to let Perez through at Brazil. Max did not comply. Instead, on the radio — clear as day for all watching at home to hear — he said "I told you already last time, you guys don’t ask that again to me, okay? Are we clear about that? I gave my reasons and I stand by it." That third sentence gives conspiracy theorists thinking about how Pérez's crash at Monaco's qualifying cost Max's chances there, some meat to chew on. Later, Max told the press he had "reasons" based on "something that happened in the past."

Later, Pérez told the press that Max's actions showed "who he really is." He would go on to say (translated from Spanish) "Yeah, I’m really surprised. I don’t know what happened, especially after all I’ve done for him, no? I think that, uh, I don’t...I don’t get his reasons, and I’m really surprised. I think if he has two championships, it’s thanks to me."

Max later told the press "That's why we all sat together and talked about it. As a team, we understand, and we have to move forwards. We go to Abu Dhabi and if he needs the help there to finish ahead of Charles, I will help him." Speculation has already set in about if that actually happens.

In other news, the finale in Abu Dhabi is Hamilton's final chance at keeping his streak of at least one F1 GP win per season alive. Considering how poorly things went here last season, it would be all too poetic for Hamilton — who just saw his teammate George Russel win his first F1 of the season in Brazil, while he was in second.

The Abu Dhabi race starts today (Sunday, Nov. 20) at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. GMT / 12  a.m. AEDT (Monday, Nov. 21) and there are multiple ways to tune in, including some free options. So read on and we'll show you how to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream. Oh, and speaking of champions, check out our guide on how to watch World Cup 2022 online.

And don't forget to check out our full 2022 F1 live streams hub for more information including the current standings and the full schedule.

FREE Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live streams

How to watch the 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream for FREE

If you're lucky enough to live in Austria or Luxembourg then you can enjoy every second of the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream for FREE.

That's because the free-to-air ServusTV (opens in new tab) in Austria and RTL Zwee (opens in new tab) in Luxembourg will be showing every session of the Grand Prix, including qualifying and practice. Also, ABC in the U.S. (accessible with one of the best TV antennas) is broadcasting the race as well.

But what if you're usually based in one of those countries but aren't at home for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. To take Austria as an option, an Austrian who's currently outside of the country could tune into ServusTV for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix coverage simply by signing up for a free account then using one of the best VPN services. 

Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), but you'll find others in our best VPN services list.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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 an Austrian service, you'd select Austria from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ORF or another website and watch the race.

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live streams around the world

How to watch the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in the US

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The F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream will be on ESPN, with coverage split across the various ESPN channels over the course of the three days.

ESPN 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.  

Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Orange package costs just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including ESPN. Plus, right now Sling is offering 50% off the first month (opens in new tab). The $55 Orange and Blue package goes down to $27.50 for that first month

As well as being available through your cable service, you can also stream the action 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 22 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 the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world. 

Sling TV (opens in new tab)

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 $40/month and includes dozens of other great channels. Sling also currently offers 50% off the first month.

Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)

Love sports? Then check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). The channel lineup includes ESPN2 and ABC, plus other top networks including Bravo, FX and MTV. Fubo also has a 7-day free trial.

How to watch the 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in the UK

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As usual, Sky Sports F1 will show the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream, and in up to 4K resolution, with the race itself starting at 1 p.m. GMT on Sunday (Nov. 20). 

You'll need to be a Sky Sports (opens in new tab) subscriber to watch it: 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 or Sky Glass and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, that'd come to at least £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 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Canada

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TSN has the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Canada in English, while RDS has coverage in French. F1 TV Pro (opens in new tab) also remains an option for fans. 

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 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Australia

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Fox Sports has the rights to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in Australia, which means you can watch all the action online via Foxtel (opens in new tab)

Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) is another option. This service offers new subscribers a 7-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25 — meaning you could sign up now and watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for free.

To use either of these services when you're elsewhere you'll also need one of the best VPN services to follow the action from your home country. We highly recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix — Starting Grid

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POSDRIVERCAR
1Max VerstappenRed Bull
2Sergio PerezRed Bull
3Charles LeclercFerrari
4Carlos SainzFerrari
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes
6George RussellMercedes
7Lando NorrisMclaren
8Esteban OconAlpine Renault
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault
12Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri
13Mick SchumacherHaas
10Daniel RicciardoMclaren
14Lance StrollAston Martin
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
16Kevin MagnussenHaas
17Pierre GaslyAlphatauri
18Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
19Alexander AlbonWilliams
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule

2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream: Practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

Max Verstappen of Red Bull

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend is a return to normalcy for those watching from the west, starting bright and early at 8 a.m. ET.

Friday, Nov 18

Practice 1

  • 5 - 6 a.m. ET
  • 2 - 3 a.m. PT
  • 10 - 11 a.m. GMT
  • 9 – 10 p.m. AEDT

Practice 2

  • 8 - 9 a.m. ET
  • 5 - 6 a.m. PT
  • 1 - 2 p.m. GMT
  • 12 – 1 a.m. AEDT (Saturday)

Saturday, Nov. 19

Practice 3

  • 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. ET
  • 2:30 – 3:30 a.m. PT
  • 10:30 – 11:30 p.m. GMT
  • 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. AEDT

Qualifying

  • 9 - 10 a.m. ET
  • 6 - 7 a.m. PT
  • 2 - 3 p.m. GMT
  • 1 – 2 a.m. AEDT (Sunday)

Sunday, Nov. 20

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the Yas Marina Circuit

  • 8 - 10 a.m. ET
  • 5 - 7 a.m. PT
  • 1 - 3 p.m. GMT
  • 12 – 2 a.m. AEDT (Monday)

F1 2022 car and driver line-ups

Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will go head to head for the F1 title in the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

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Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton

George Russell

Alpine

Esteban Ocon

Fernando Alonso

Haas

Kevin Magnussen

Mick Shumacher

Red Bull

Max Verstappen

Sergio Perez

McLaren

Lando Norris

Daniel Ricciardo

Aston Martin

Lance Stroll

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz

AlfaTauri

Pierre Gasly

Yuki Tsunoda

Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas

Zhou Guanyu

Williams

Alex Albon

Nicholas Latifi

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