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Formula 1 qualifying results: Starting grid for 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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.

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.

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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.

PositionDriver (Team)
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.

DateEventTime (ET)TV channel
Friday, Dec. 10Practice 14:30 a.m.ESPNU
Friday, Dec. 10Practice 28 a.m.ESPNU
Saturday, Dec. 11Practice 35 a.m.ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 11Qualifying8 a.m.ESPN2
Sunday, Dec. 12Race8 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.)

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Here’s the latest schedule:

DateRaceCourseStart timeTV channelWinner
March 28Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit11 a.m.ESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
April 18Emilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 2Portuguese Grand PrixAlgarve International Circuit10 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 9Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya9 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
May 23Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 6Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit8 a.m.ESPNSergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 20French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 27Styrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 4Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring9 a.m.ESPNMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 18British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit10 a.m.ESPNLewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Aug. 1Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring9 a.m.ESPNEsteban Ocon (Alpine)
Aug. 29Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 5Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort9 a.m.ESPN2Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 12Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale di Monza9 a.m.ESPN2Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Sept. 26Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom8 a.m.ESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Oct. 10Turkish Grand PrixIntercity Istanbul Park8 a.m.ESPN2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Oct. 24United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas3 p.m.ABCMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Oct. 31Mexico City Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez3 p.m.ABCMax Verstappen (Red Bull)
Nov. 7Brazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Jose Carlos PaceNoonESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Nov. 21Qatar Grand PrixLosail International Circuit9 a.m.ESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Dec. 5Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Street Circuit11 p.m.ESPN2Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Dec. 12Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit8 a.m.ESPN2TBD


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