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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: practice, qualifying, race start time, betting odds, TV guide

Yas Marina Circuit will host the final race of the 2018 Formula 1 season

Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • What: race 21 on the 2018 F1 calendar 
  • When: Sunday 25 November 
  • Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
  • Race start time: 1.10pm on Sunday (UK time) 
  • TV channels: live on Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 

With both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships already won by Mercedes the last grand prix of the 2018 Formula 1 season will see a battle for final positions in the standings.

While Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will finish first and second in the drivers’ championship respectively, according to F1.com there’s a battle brewing for who can finish in third.

Three drivers – Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen – still have a chance of securing third place for the season.

Ferrari’s Raikkonen is currently in third on 251 points and leads Mercedes driver Bottas by 14. Red Bull’s Verstappen is only three points further back. 

F1 drivers’ championship top five

How the top five of the F1 drivers’ standings look after 20 races:

  • 1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 383 points
  • 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 302
  • 3 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 251
  • 4 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 237
  • 5 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 234

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will also be McLaren driver Fernando Alonso’s final race in F1 before he retires. Daniel Ricciardo says farewell to Red Bull Racing before his move next year to Renault.

New F1 logo Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Abu Dhabi GP race guide

  • Circuit: Yas Marina 
  • First grand prix: 2009 
  • Number of laps: 55 
  • Circuit length: 5.554km 
  • Race distance: 305.355km 
  • Lap record: 1:40.279 set by Sebastian Vettel in 2009 
  • 2017 podium: 1st Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3rd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
When are the practice sessions?

There will be three free practice (FP) sessions in Abu Dhabi. On Friday 23 November FP1 starts at 9am and FP2 is at 1pm. FP3 is at 10am on Saturday 24 November (all times UK). 

When is qualifying?

Abu Dhabi GP qualifying will take place on Saturday 24 November at 1pm. 

What time does the race start?

The 2018 F1 Abu Dhabi GP starts at 1.10pm on Sunday 25 November.

Abu Dhabi GP TV guide

Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 will both broadcast live from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Sky F1’s Abu Dhabi GP schedule  Thursday 22 November
  • 11am: drivers’ press conference live (part one: Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and George Russell. Part two: Esteban Ocon, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel) 
  • 2pm: Welcome to the Weekend
Friday 23 November
  • 8.45am: FP1 build-up 
  • 9am: FP1 live 
  • 11am: team principals’ press conference – digital only (Cyril Abiteboul, Renault; Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari; Christian Horner, Red Bull; Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point; Toto Wolff, Mercedes) 
  • 12.45pm: FP2 build-up 
  • 1pm: FP2 live
Saturday 24 November
  • 9.45am: FP3 build-up 
  • 10am: FP3 live 
  • 12pm: qualifying build-up (simulcast on Sky One) 
  • 1pm: Abu Dhabi GP qualifying live (simulcast on Sky One) 
  • 3.30pm: The F1 Show
Sunday 25 November
  • 11.30am: Pit Lane live (simulcast on Sky One) 
  • 12.30pm: On The Grid live (simulcast on Sky One) 
  • 1.10pm: Abu Dhabi GP live (simulcast on Sky One)
Channel 4’s Abu Dhabi GP schedule Friday 23 November
  • 8.55am: FP1 live 
  • 12.55pm: FP2 live
Saturday 24 November
  • 9.55am: FP3 live 
  • 11.55am: qualifying live
Sunday 25 November
  • 12pm: build-up and live race coverage

Abu Dhabi GP betting odds

Latest prices according to Oddschecker (as of 21 November): 

  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 7/4 
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 11/4 
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 13/2 
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): 13/2 
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): 11/ 1 
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 14/1

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