2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix session timings and preview

The Yas Marina Circuit will close out a thrilling 2021 Formula 1 season. Here's how you can watch the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix session timings and preview

It's a winner-takes-all scenario in the championship battle, with both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen tied on 369.5 points.

The driver who finishes ahead of the two will become the 2021 champion, although there are certain scenarios where this rule won't apply. Should both drivers finish outside the points, the title will go to Verstappen on countback as the Red Bull driver has scored nine wins compared to eight for Hamilton.

If Hamilton finishes ninth and Verstappen 10th with the fastest lap, the two will end up on the same number of points - with Verstappen again clinching the title thanks to the extra race win.

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix session timings in different timezones

Session

GMT

CET

ET

PT

AEDT

JST

IST

FP1

09:30

10:30

04:30

01:30

20:30

18:30

15:00

FP2

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

00:00¹

22:00

18:30

FP3

10:00

11:00

05:00

02:00

21:00

19:00

15:30

Qualifying

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

00:00¹

22:00

18:30

Race 

13:00

14:00

08:00

05:00

00:00¹

22:00

18:30

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in the UAE

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 13:30 - 14:30 local time
  • Free Practice 2: 17:00 - 18:00 local time

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 14:00 - 15:00 local time
  • Qualifying: 17:00 - 18:00 local time

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 17:00 - 19:00 local time

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in the UK/Portugal 

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 09:30 - 10:30 GMT
  • Free Practice 2: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 10:00 - 11:00 GMT
  • Qualifying: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 13:00 - 15:00 GMT

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in Europe

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 10:30 - 11:30 CET
  • Free Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 11:00 - 12:00 CET
  • Qualifying: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 14:00 - 16:00 CET

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in the US

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 04:30 - 05:30 ET / 01:30 - 02:30 PT
  • Free Practice 2: 08:00 - 09:00 ET / 05:00 - 06:00 PT

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 05:00 - 06:00 ET / 02:00 - 03:00 PT
  • Qualifying: 08:00 - 09:00 ET / 05:00 - 06:00 PT

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 08:00 - 10:00 PT / 05:00 - 07:00 PT

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in Australia

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 20:30 - 21:30 AEDT

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 2: 00:00 - 01:00 AEDT
  • Free Practice 3: 21:00 - 22:00 AEDT

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Qualifying: 00:00 - 01:00 AEDT

Monday 13th December 2021

  • Race: 00:00 - 02:00 AEDT

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in Japan

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 18:30 - 19:30 JST
  • Free Practice 2: 22:00 - 23:00 JST

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 19:00 - 20:00 JST
  • Qualifying: 22:00 - 23:00 JST

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 22:00 - 00:00 JST

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in Africa

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 11:30 - 12:30 SAT / 12:30 - 13:30 EAT
  • Free Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:00 SAT / 16:00 - 17:00 EAT

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00 SAT / 13:00 - 14:00 EAT
  • Qualifying: 15:00 - 16:00 SAT / 16:00 - 17:00 EAT

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 15:00 - 17:00 SAT / 16:00 - 18:00 EAT

2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP session timings in India

Friday 10th December 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 15:00 - 16:00 IST
  • Free Practice 2: 18:30 - 19:30 IST

Saturday 11th December 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 15:30 - 16:30 IST
  • Qualifying: 18:30 - 19:30 IST

Sunday 12th December 2021

  • Race: 18:30 - 20:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the Formula 1 schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

Pirelli tyre allocation for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Pirelli will bring the C3 hard tyre, C4 medium tyre and C5 soft tyre to Abu Dhabi, the softest three compounds from its range.

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