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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch the decider in the desert online and on TV, lights out!

Hamilton vs Verstappen
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It's race time on a sunny and dry late afternoon at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Hamilton vs Verstappen F1 decider here at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max Verstappen starts on pole, ahead of Hamilton. The pair are all square on 369.5 points so hold onto your helmets for a huge title Hamilton vs Verstappen. The race starts at 1pm GMT today. UK fans can live stream the race free on Channel 4. Make sure you know how to watch an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free live stream wherever you are with a VPN.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Date: 12th December 2021

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

FREE streams:  Channel 4 ( UK) | Ziggo Sport (NL) | RTL Zwee (Lux) | ServusTV (Austria)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free

Free trial: DAZN F1 (Spain)

F1 season pass: F1 TV Pro $9.99/month  (USA)

4K stream: Sky (UK)

US stream: ESPN / Sling TV / FuboTV

We're now just hours away from the Hamilton vs Verstappen sunset showdown and the knives are out. Red Bull hotshoe Verstappen has said Lewis Hamilton "will never admit he's afraid of me". Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton has hinted that Verstappen may have deliberately locked up in qualifying: "It was interesting that lock-up into Turn One. A conspiracy but no one locks up into Turn One and if you do it is not a big one." 

Wow. This is going to be one of the of the biggest F1 races of all time – and there's a FREE live stream Sunday's race free on Channel 4 in the UK! Channel 4 will switch to Sky's live feed for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand today at 1pm GMT / 12pm CET / 8am ET.

Lewis topped the timing board in Final Practice but couldn't get the medium tyres working in quali yesterday and had to settle for second place. Max and Lando today's race start on the soft tyres, so they should get the jump on Hamilton. But Mercedes have the power to edge past Red Bull on the long straights. 

The Herman Tilke-designed track, located on the $40 billion Yas Island, features a 1.2km straight that's sure to favour Mercedes' straight-line speed. But it also has enough slow corners for Max Verstappen to "torpedo" his way into the lead. 

The question is, just how dirty will Hamilton vs Verstappen get? Will Max take Hamilton out, a la Micheal Schumacher? Could see the 2021 F1 title decided by the stewards? In an effort to keep things clean, race director Michael Massey is warning both drivers he will deduct point for “unsportsmanlike” driving. 

Ready for a Formula 1 finale worthy of Prost vs Senna. And where better for an historic decider than the stunning, 5.281-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit? 

Hamilton vs Verstappen is one of the greatest F1 battles ever seen on TV, so don't miss a second. Dutch fans can UK F1 fans can live stream Sunday's race free on Channel 4. Follow our guide on how to watch an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream from anywhere in the world.

Watch an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free live stream

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton holds F1 trophy aloft

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Channel 4 will show the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live in the UK! The broadcaster has done a deal to tap into Sky's live feed of the race. UK fans can stream the race free of charge on Channel 4.

In the Netherlands, F1 fans can watch every session live on Ziggo Sport. From Friday 10th December to Monday 13th December, all free practice sessions, qualifying and the Abu Dhabi race can be seen in all Dutch TV households for free.

Lucky enough to live Luxembourg? You can watch races – including the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – for free on RTL Zwee.

In Austria, ServusTV, the free-to-air station owned by Red Bull, will screen the Hamilton vs Verstappen decider free of charge.

Remember to use a VPN to access your local free F1 stream when overseas. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. 

Here's how to use a VPN...

Watch the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are lots of VPN providers but some are more reliable and safer than others. As a rule, we suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up.


Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the F1, you may wish to choose 'UK' fo Channel 4.

3. Then head over to Channel 4 on your browser or device and enjoy the free Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.

F1 season pass for only $9.99 a month

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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F1 TV Pro is one of the cheapest ways to watch live coverage of every 2021 F1 race in HD. Subscription costs just $9.99 per month in the US, or €7.99 a month in France and the Netherlands.

Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the crazy-low price of R$143 (US$27) a year. You can even select English commentary from Sky's Martin Brundle and David Croft. 

F1 TV Pro is available in 188 countries, but not the UK, sadly. If you're visiting the UK from abroad and want to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream, you'll need to use a VPN to access F1 TV Pro without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

F1 TV Pro is available through the F1 TV website, iOS/Android apps, Roku TV and other mobile devices. The app supports Chromecast and AirPlay 2.

How to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 4K

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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Sky has the UK television rights to show every F1 race until the end of 2024. To watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream in 4K Ultra HD (who wouldn't?) you’ll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package with Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. 

That starts at £45 per month, with a one-off payment of £20 if you’re not already a Sky subscriber. It's a fair chunk of change, but it’s the only way to watch the F1 live and in 4K.

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Abu Dhabi GP live stream in Full HD with Dolby 5.1

Don't want to commit to a Sky contract? Anyone can watch this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sky's pay-per-view platform, Now. 

Now is available on all good smart TVs and set-top-boxes. There's no 4K option, but go for the Now Boost add-on and you can stream in Full 1080p HD with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Now Sports pass Watch F1 in Full HD from £9.98

Now Sports pass Watch F1 in Full HD from £9.98
A Now day pass for all 11 Sky Sports channels can cost as little as £9.98. If you want to see a few Grand Prix, it's cheaper to go for the monthly pass at £33.99. The price includes a free 7-day trial of Now Boost, so you can watch in Full HD with 5.1 surround sound.

Spain: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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With Carlos Sainz Jr at Ferrari and Fernando Alonso on the grid, Spanish F1 fans will be keen to tune into a 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free live stream.

DAZN has acquired the rights to show Formula 1 in Spain until the end of 2023. The streaming service will show the F1 World Championship on its exclusive DAZN F1 channel, in the company of ex-F1 driver Pedro De La Rosa.

DAZN F1 launched on 1st March 2021 across DAZN and Movistar+. You can try it free for 7 days. After that you'll be rolled onto a monthly subscription.

F1 free live stream with DAZN free trial

F1 free live stream with DAZN free trial
DAZN has the rights to the F1 in Spain as well as a host of other sports including football, UFC and more. Try it free for seven days. Cancel at anytime.

Brazil: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

TV Band has replaced Globo as the official F1 broadcaster in Brazil. The switch allows Formula 1 to launch its official live streaming platform – F1 TV Pro – in South America.

Brazilian F1 fans can subscribe to F1 TV Pro and stream every track session of the 2021 F1 season for the ridiculously low price of R$143 (US$27).

Going to be outside your home country of Brazil? Simply use a VPN to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Australia: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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G'day motorsport fans. Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island. 

Streaming platform Kayo Sports carries Fox and offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial. After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35.

Happy with highlights? 10Play will show free highlights of every race.

Germany: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 race this season, including a 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream.

With F1 now behind an expensive paywall in Germany, F1 fans will question why the French and Dutch can watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month, and envy their Austrian neighbours getting it for free.

Going to be outside your home country of Germany? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

USA: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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For complete access to F1 in 2021 Americans will need to sign up to the EPSN paid channels (or Univision for Spanish language coverage).

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Practice sessions will be available on ESPN2, with qualifying and the race broadcast on the main ESPN channel.

Live streaming is available via the ESPN App, which is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku. You'll need to sign up to ESPN first, though.

Don't have cable? Cord-cutters can try a top streaming service such as FuboTV for free.

There's also currently an excellent deal with Sling TV. Pick the Orange package, which includes ESPN, and get the first month for just $10. It's $35 per month thereafter but with no contract. Cancel at any time.

Watch F1 racing on Sling TV $10 first month offer

Watch F1 racing on Sling TV $10 first month offer
Catch all the channels on the Sling TV Orange package, including the F1 on ESPN, for just $10 for your first month. It's then $35 each month after but there's no contract and you can cancel at any time.

FuboTV  Free 7-day trial | $64.99 a month

FuboTV Free 7-day trial | $64.99 a month
Fubo TV is one of the biggest and best sports streaming services in the US. It carries ESPN and ABC (plus CBS, NBC and Fox) so it's a great watch to stream the 2021 F1 season in full. The app supports Roku, Fire TV and iOS/Android devices. No lock-in contract; cancel at any time.

Russia: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Good news: the 2021 F1 season will be shown free-to-air on Match TV in Russia.

Going to be outside your home country of Russia? Simply use a VPN to access an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix free live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Nostrovia!

Italy: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Sky Italia is the place to watch F1 in Italy. Former F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi provides brilliant pit lane reporting, while Jacques Villeneuve provides commentary.

Don't fancy taking out an expensive Sky contact? Italian F1 fans can get an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream via Sky Italia's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99. Molto bene!

Japan: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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DAZN has been the home of F1 in Japan for a few seasons and will serve up an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream this weekend. The service delivers live coverage of every race of the 2021 season and stats galore, making it a no-brainer for (the many) F1 fans in Japan.

Full 2021 F1 calendar & race winners

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream and how to watch F1 for free

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Latest news: Formula One has extended its contract with the Chinese Grand Prix, ensuring that the championship will continue visiting Shanghai until 2025.

DATEGRAND PRIXCIRCUITCOUNTRYWINNER
26-28 MarchBahrain Grand PrixBahrain International CircuitBahrainLewis Hamilton
16-18 AprilEmilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo ImolaItalyMax Verstappen
30 April 2 MayPortuguese Grand PrixPortimão CircuitPortugalLewis Hamilton
7-9 MaySpanish Grand Prix Catalunya CircuitSpainLewis Hamilton
20-23 MayMonaco Grand Prix Monaco CircuitMonte CarloMax Verstappen
4-6 JuneAzerbaijan Grand Prix Baku street circuitAzerbaijanSergio Perez
18-20 JuneFrench Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardFranceMax Verstappen
25-27 JuneSteiermark Grand PrixRed Bull RingAustriaMax Verstappen
2-4 JulyAustrian Grand PrixRed Bull RingAustriaMax Verstappen
16-18 JulyBritish Grand PrixSilverstone CircuitGreat BritainLewis Hamilton
30 July - 1 AugHungarian Grand PrixHungaroringHungaryLewis Hamilton
27-29 AugBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps CircuitBelgiumMax Verstappen
3-5 SeptDutch Grand PrixCircuit ZandvoortNetherlandsMax Verstappen
10-12 SeptItalian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale MonzaItalyDaniel Ricciardo
24-26 SeptRussian Grand PrixSochi International Street CircuitRussia Lewis Hamilton
8-10 OctTurkish Grand PrixIntercity Istanbul Park TurkeyValtteri Bottas
22-24 OctUS Grand PrixCircuit of The AmericasUnited StatesMax Verstappen
29-31 OctMexico Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos RodriguezMexicoMax Verstappen
12-14 NovBrazilian Grand PrixAutodromo InterlagosBrazilLewis Hamilton
19-21 Nov Qatar Grand PrixLosail International CircuitQatarLewis Hamilton
26-28 NovSaudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddahSaudi ArabiaLewis Hamilton
3-5 DecAbu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina CircuitUAE
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