F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

The UAE plays host to the final round of the 2021 Formula 1 season, as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen go head-to-head for the title. Here's how you can watch the all-important Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying session on Saturday.

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel
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Hamilton topped the times for Mercedes on Friday, setting a best lap of 1m23.691s ahead of Alpine's Esteban Ocon and teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Verstappen ended up sixth tenths off the pace after failing to improve on his final soft tyre run, with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez completing the top five.

What time does qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix start?

Qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will begin at 17:00 local time (+4 GMT) at the Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday. The three-part session will last approximately one hour.

  • Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 
  • Start time: 17:00 local time / 13:00 GMT / 14:00 CET / 15:00 SAT / 16:00 EAT / 08:00 ET / 05:00 PT / 00:00 AEDT (Sunday) / 22:00 JST / 18:30 IST 

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

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

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe

  • Austria - Servus TV / ORF
  • Belgium - RTBF
  • Denmark - TV3 / TV3 Sport / Viasat
  • Finland - MTV
  • France - Canal+
  • Germany - Sky
  • Hungary - M4
  • Italy - Sky
  • Netherlands - Ziggo
  • Poland - Eleven Sports
  • Portugal - Eleven Sports
  • Spain - Movistar / DAZN
  • Sweden - Viasat
  • Switzerland - SRF / RSI / RTS
  • UK - Sky Sports F1

Americas

  • USA - ESPN2
  • Canada - RDS / TSN / Discovery Velocity
  • Latin America - Fox Sports / ESPN

Asia

  • China - CCTV / Tencent / Guangdong TV
  • India - Star Sports
  • Japan - Fuji Television
  • Russia - Match TV
  • Turkey - S Sport
  • Rest of Asia - Fox Sports

Oceania

  • Australia - Fox Sports / Network 10
  • New Zealand - Spark Sports

Africa

  • Africa - SuperSport

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. Some local broadcasters such as Sky TV (UK), Movistar (Spain), Disney+ Hotstar (India) also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will bring the latest updates from Abu Dhabi throughout the weekend, including live commentary during qualifying on Saturday.

FP1 results:

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'25.009  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'25.205 0.196
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'25.355 0.346
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'25.363 0.354
5 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'25.378 0.369
6 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'25.625 0.616
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'25.822 0.813
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'25.846 0.837
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'25.886 0.877
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'26.007 0.998
11 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'26.025 1.016
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'26.123 1.114
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'26.189 1.180
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'26.409 1.400
15 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'26.608 1.599
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'26.676 1.667
17 United Kingdom Jack Aitken Williams 1'27.481 2.472
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'27.487 2.478
19 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'27.698 2.689
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'28.305 3.296

FP2 results:

Cla Driver Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1'23.691  
2 France Esteban Ocon 1'24.034 0.343
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 1'24.083 0.392
4 Netherlands Max Verstappen 1'24.332 0.641
5 Mexico Sergio Perez 1'24.400 0.709
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 1'24.495 0.804
7 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 1'24.532 0.841
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc 1'24.557 0.866
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 1'24.844 1.153
10 France Pierre Gasly 1'24.940 1.249
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 1'24.959 1.268
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1'25.108 1.417
13 United Kingdom Lando Norris 1'25.153 1.462
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1'25.195 1.504
15 Canada Lance Stroll 1'25.385 1.694
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 1'25.440 1.749
17 United Kingdom George Russell 1'25.549 1.858
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi 1'25.687 1.996
19 Germany Mick Schumacher 1'25.784 2.093
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 1'26.336 2.645
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