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How to watch Formula 1 2021: Live stream the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix THIS WEEKEND

Pete Clark Matt Reed
6 Dec 2021

Here's how to watch or live stream the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix anywhere in the world between 10-12 December 2021

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the final race of the 2021 season – is almost upon us, with the race weekend taking place between 10-12 December at the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. UK residents can watch every race of the 2021 F1 season, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Alternatively, you can watch every race with exclusive insights on F1's official streaming service F1 TV that's available in several regions worldwide, albeit at different monthly subscription price points. Both services can be accessed from abroad by using a good VPN, like ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

This season has seen an intense rivalry develop between Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen with the pair neck-and-neck throughout. Over the past few weeks, Hamilton has clawed back points back from Verstappen with victories in Brazil, Qatar and most recently, Saudi Arabia last weekend.

In what was the inaugural Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, the on-track action was the most dramatic of the year so far featuring three virtual safety car periods, two race-stopping crashes and a major incident between Verstappen and Hamilton. After cutting a corner on a previous lap, Verstappen was ordered to give first position back to Hamilton, only to then erratically break and cause Hamilton to drive into the back of him. The British driver recovered and eventually took first place comfortably ahead of Red Bull’s Dutch-Belgian, who finished second.

All this leaves the season’s two protagonists locked on 369.5 points apiece. Verstappen is still officially ahead on race wins, but everything is now set up for a dramatic final showdown in Abu Dhabi to decide who is the 2021 F1 champion. With Mercedes ahead of Red Bull by a massive 28-points in the constructor's championship, it would take a miracle for them not to take the team title, meaning the individual award is Red Bull’s best hope of breaking Mercedes’ seven-year dominance and receiving their first title since 2013.

If the first 21 races of the season have proved anything, it's that Verstappen is perfectly capable of stopping an in-form Hamilton from grabbing an eighth title and becoming the most successful F1 driver of all time, ahead of German great, Michael Schumacher. Ultimately, it will all come down to the finest of margins at Yas Marina, where drivers will race a newly shortened circuit – adding another unknown to an already nail-biting finale.

How to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (10 - 12 December)

All times are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Friday 3 December 2021

  • Practice 1 starts at 9:30am
  • Practice 2 starts at 1pm

Saturday 4 December 2021

  • Practice 3 starts at 10am
  • Qualifying starts at 1pm

Sunday 5 December 2021

Full coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts at 11:30am on Sky Sports F1, with the actual race starting at 1pm at Yas Marina Circuit and the cars will cross the finish line approximately two hours later.

F1 2021 Drivers' Standings

1Max Verstappen369.5
2Lewis Hamilton369.5
3Valtteri Bottas218
4Sergio Perez190
5Charles Leclerc158

F1 2021 Constructors' Standings

2Red Bull559.5

How to watch F1 2021 anywhere: F1 TV

Since last season, the official F1 channel has launched its own streaming that's now live in the UK. You can now subscribe to F1 TV for just £20/year or £2.29/mnth. This gives you access to live leaderboard data, real-time telemetry data, team radio clips, live driver maps and more.

If you choose the annual plan, you'll have access to even more features, including the option to watch over 600 historic races from the past years and stream exclusive F1 documentaries featuring some of the biggest names that have shaped the sport.

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How to watch F1 2021 in the UK: Sky Sports and Sky Sports F1

There are two ways to watch F1 on Sky Sports. You can either add the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel to your TV package, or you can add the Complete Sky Sports package to your TV. We'll explain the difference between both, but note that both options require you to have a basic Sky Signature package first. Sky Signature is the new name for Sky's Basic TV package. This costs £25/mth and includes the best of Sky TV and Netflix on compatible devices. The minimum term contract for Sky Signature is 18 months and new customers will have a one-time setup fee.

Once you have Sky Signature, you can add Sky Sports F1 to your TV. Sky Sports F1 is the official broadcaster of every F1 race of the 2021 season. You can watch every practice, qualifying session and race live in HD. This package costs £18/mth on a rolling 31-day contract. Alternatively, new customers can get Sky TV and Sky Sports F1 for £43/mth. However, this will tie down to an 18-month contract and you'll need to pay a one-time setup fee of £20.

However, if you're a fan of sports in general, then you're better off choosing the Sky Sports package, which costs £25/mth. Not only does this include the Sky Sports F1 channel as default, but you'll get eight Sky Sports channels all in HD, meaning you'll be able to watch marquee matches from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership, golf majors, NFL, NBA, live international cricket, franchise cricket tournaments like the IPL, and more.

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How to watch F1 2021 in the UK: Now Sports Membership

As you can see from the above section, the best way to watch Sky Sports F1 on your TV is to get Sky Sports, but this is expensive and will tie you down to a long-term contract. If you're looking for a convenient way to avoid these charges and yet enjoy every race live, then your best option is to purchase a Now Sports Membership.

You can either purchase a Now Sports Day Membership, which costs £10 and includes a Mobile Month Pass free; or a Now Sports Month Membership, which costs £34/mnth and includes a seven-day free trial of Now Boost, which lets you stream content in HD on any device. Apart from F1, you can also watch all the upcoming marquee Premier League, EFL and NBA games using this pass.

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How to watch F1 2021 wherever you are: use a good VPN service

If you're travelling abroad and don't have access to any of the aforementioned services broadcasting F1 races where you live, then the best way to legally access these services is by subscribing to a good VPN service. A VPN basically tricks your computer into thinking it’s in another country, thereby giving you access to online streams that would otherwise be foiled by a geo-block. Not only that, it encrypts all your browsing traffic, meaning that every time you use the VPN on your device, all your browsing activity will be protected from any and everyone, including your own ISP and even hackers.

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The fastest VPN we've ever used – and our favourite for streaming – is ExpressVPN. It gives you speedy access to servers across the globe, so you won't miss any F1 action and you can use it on five devices simultaneously. It's well worth the money to watch lag-free F1 streams regardless of where you are in the world. The VPN has 24/7 customer support and has successfully completed an audit to prove that it doesn't log or store any user data. Our readers get three months free on the one-year plan and all plans include a 30-day no-questions-asked moneyback guarantee in case the service doesn't meet your expectations.

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A close second to ExpressVPN – and a bit cheaper on the pocket – is NordVPN. It shares many of the same features we've come to love from ExpressVPN, including a public audit to prove that it doesn't store any user data, 24/7 customer support and a 30-day moneyback guarantee. We like PC map-based interface because ti lets you select countries and servers easily. You can use the service on six devices at the same time, making it a great option for your entire family.

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How to watch F1 2021 Highlights: Channel 4

This year, as has been the case for the last five years, Channel 4 will air race highlights from every Grand Prix throughout the 2021 season. You can access these via the All 4 player on your laptop, mobile or other devices, or through the All 4 app on your TV box.

Formula 1 on Channel 4

F1 2021 Calendar

  1. 28 March: Bahrain Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas)
  2. 18 April: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Norris)
  3. 2 May: Portuguese Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas)
  4. 9 May: Spanish Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas)
  5. 23 May: Monaco Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Sainz, 3. Norris)
  6. 4 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix (1. Perez, 2. Vettel, 3. Gasly)
  7. 20 June: French Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Perez)
  8. 27 June: Styrian Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Bottas)
  9. 4 July: Austrian Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Bottas, 3. Norris)
  10. 18 July: British Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Leclerc, 3. Bottas)
  11. 1 August: Hungarian Grand Prix (1. Ocon, 2. Hamilton, 3. Sainz)
  12. 29 August: Belgian Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Russel, 3. Hamilton)
  13. 5 September: Dutch Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Bottas)
  14. 12 September: Italian Grand Prix (1. Ricciardo, 2. Norris, 3. Bottas)
  15. 26 September: Russian Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Sainz)
  16. 10 October: Turkish Grand Prix (1. Bottas, 2. Verstappen, 3. Perez)
  17. 24 October: United States Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Perez)
  18. 7 November: Mexico City Grand Prix (1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton, 3. Perez)
  19. 14 November: Brazilian Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas)
  20. 21 November: Qatar Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Alonso)
  21. 5 December: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (1. Hamilton, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas)
  22. 12 December: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 2021: Teams and drivers

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
  • Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
  • Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll
  • Red Bull Racing: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
  • McLaren: Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
  • Renault: Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon
  • Alfa Romeo Racing: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi
  • Haas F1: Mick Schumachwer and Nikita Mazepin
  • Williams: George Russell and Nicholas Latifi
  • AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda
  • Alpine: Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso

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