The grid for Sunday is set.
In the championship-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it will be Max Verstappen starting from pole position, his 10th pole of the season — and the most important of the year.
VERSTAPPEN TAKES POLE!
It’s his tenth of the year, and it means he has the best seat in the house for the final race!
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 11, 2021
In a twist, Red Bull decided to enter Q2 with soft-compound tires on their car, leading to Verstappen taking the top time in the session. That’ll be a differing strategy from Mercedes, who will be starting the race on the mediums.
In Q3, Verstappen took a full half-second over Hamilton, thanks in part to a tow from teammate Sergio Perez, who finishes fourth in qualifying. Surprisingly, Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, didn’t finish in the top-five in qualifying, leaving Mercedes in a small pickle entering Sunday.
Here’s how they’ll line up in the final race on Sunday:
Formula 1 starting lineup for 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
On soft-compound tires, Verstappen takes the fastest lap of the qualifying session, with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez starting fourth.
Lewis Hamilton starts second, but will start the race on medium tires, as opposed to Red Bull’s soft.
|1.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|3.||Lando Norris (McLaren)|
|4.||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|5.||Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)|
|6.||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|7.||Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)|
|8.||Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)|
|9.||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|10.||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|11.||Fernando Alonso (Alpine)|
|12.||Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)|
|13.||Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)|
|14.||Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)|
|15.||Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)|
|16.||Nicholas Latifi (Williams)|
|17.||George Russell (Williams)|
|18.||Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)|
|19.||Mick Schumacher (Haas)|
|20.||Nikita Mazepin (Haas)|
What channel is the F1 race on Sunday?
- Race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 12
- TV channel: ESPN2
- Live stream: fuboTV
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2021 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed with select late-season races airing on ABC.
ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2021 F1 races in the U.S.
What time does the F1 race start today?
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 12
- Start time: 8 a.m. ET
The 8 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will start at 5 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 8 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show usually airs in the hour before the start of the race.
Below is the complete schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
|Date||Event||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Friday, Dec. 10||Practice 1||4:30 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Friday, Dec. 10||Practice 2||8 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Saturday, Dec. 11||Practice 3||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Dec. 11||Qualifying||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, Dec. 12||Race||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
Formula 1 live stream for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, fuboTV and YouTubeTV offer free-trial options.
Below are links to each.
For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2021 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
Formula 1 schedule 2021
In all, there are 23 scheduled races in the 2021 F1 season with the Portuguese Grand Prix sliding onto the docket the first week in March. The originally scheduled Vietnam Grand Prix was removed after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is up in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11 but will likely not take place this season.
All races will be broadcast in the U.S. on the ESPN family of networks with the United States Grand Prix and Mexico City Grand Prix both airing on ABC. The Singapore Grand Prix was also removed from the schedule. The Turkish Grand Prix returned to the schedule in its stead.
(Note: The on-the-hour start times do not include the broadcast start time, which is typically five minutes before the start of the race. Times do not include ESPN’s customary prerace shows.)
Here’s the latest schedule:
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||9 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 27||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a.m.||ESPN||Esteban Ocon (Alpine)|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Oct. 10||Turkish Grand Prix||Intercity Istanbul Park||8 a.m.||ESPN2||Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)|
|Oct. 24||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||ABC||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Oct. 31||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||ABC||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|Nov. 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||Noon||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Nov. 21||Qatar Grand Prix||Losail International Circuit||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Dec. 5||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 p.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Dec. 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|