The sun will set on Yas Marina and the 2021 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all battle.
Both tied on 369.5 points, whoever finishes ahead of the other will be the likely champion barring any other spectacular circumstances.
This weekend’s race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 meaning the title decider will be available to viewers in the UK on free-to-air television.
It is arguably the most anticipated race in F1 history with nothing to separate the two contenders in terms of points. You won’t want to miss a moment.
Here are all the timings you need for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
If you want to see all the action live as it happens, here are the times you need to tune into your TV or have your device ready. All times are GMT.
Live: Saturday, 12.55pm via Sky Sports F1/Sky Sports Main Event/NowTV
Highlights: Saturday, 6.55pm via Channel 4
Live: Sunday, 12.55pm via Sky Sports F1/Sky Sports Main Event/NowTV/Channel 4
Highlights: Sunday, 5.30pm via Channel 4
How many laps is the Abu Dhabi GP?
The Abu Dhabi GP will be run three extra laps compared to the past versions of the race. The changes to the circuit have shortened the length of the circuit to 5.281 km (3.281 mi) meaning the race will now run to 58 laps, on Sunday December 12. The weather forecast predicts a dry weekend, with just a 3% chance of rain across the three days.
Where to watch
All sessions are live on Sky Sports F1 with both pre and post-session coverage through the duration of the race weekend. Coverage on race day will last until 5.30pm.
Qualifying and the race will also be available on Sky Sports Main Event from 12pm and 12:55pm respectively. Channel 4 will also get to show the race live. Coverage begins at 12pm before switching over to Sky’s feed at 12.15pm. Channel 4 will resume its own coverage after the podium ceremony and both qualifying and race highlights available in the early evening as usual.
Sky Sports F1 – Live
Friday: FP1 – 9am | FP2 – 12.45pm
Saturday: FP3 – 9.45am | Qualifying – 12pm
Sunday: Race – 11.30am
Channel 4 – Live
Sunday: Race – 12pm
Channel 4 – Highlights
Saturday: Qualifying – 6.55pm
Sunday: Race – 5.30pm
How to stream
NowTV will cover every session throughout the weekend, meaning you can keep up with the action whatever your location. The app is available to download on mobile and tablet devices – weekend passes are available which provide all the live sessions in addition to the pre and post-race coverage.
Who will win?
The title duo cannot be separated. Max Verstappen technically still holds the lead of the championship on countback due to his nine wins versus Lewis Hamilton’s tally of eight.
A double DNF then would make Verstappen champion, and if the two come to blows for the fourth time this season it will happen under controversial circumstances, but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insists his star man won’t resort to such tactics in Abu Dhabi.