Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 : How To Watch Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix 2019 Saturday coverage starts at around 09:30 uk time with and SkySports has live coverage in the UK while NBCSN will broadcast the game live in the US. Links with tick mark at the end are already checked and working. (most starts closer to kickoff)Step forward the Abu Dhabi GP, the venue for this season’s final act. Ten years on from F1’s debut in the UAE, and the Yas Marina Circuit remains one of the sport’s most spectacular venues.
And after the chaos and unpredictability of Brazil, which featured TWO podium debutants, who is going to finish F1 2019 on a high in the desert amid the twilight conditions of Sunday’s race?
World champion Lewis Hamilton may have struggled to find a rhythm on Friday, but he danced his Mercedes to an impressive tune around the turns of Yas Island in qualifying to take an impressive pole position for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – but there was yet more drama for Ferrari.
The title may already be tucked in his pocket, but Hamilton has refused to take his foot off the gas. Bouncing back from an unusual off-day on Friday, Hamilton turned on the pace in final practice and got the job done in qualifying, ending a pole-less streak dating back to Germany in July in the process.
Pole was Hamilton’s 88th of his career, leaving him 20 clear of Michael Schumacher in the all-time list. It was also his 10th front row start at Yas Marina, tying the record for most front rows at any venue.
Valtteri Bottas improved on his second run to sneak into second, but he’ll be starting from the back of the pack having changed a series of engine components to trigger grid penalties. That’ll promote Brazilian GP winner Max Verstappen, who had never previously outqualified a team mate in Abu Dhabi, to the front row after the Dutchman ended up third.
Ferrari have never had a front row in Abu Dhabi and that disappointing run continued, as there was confusion on Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc’s final runs. Vettel was released first, with Leclerc just behind. But a slowish lap from Vettel, who said he had cold tyres and had the pack backing up ahead of him, meant he only just made it across the line before the chequered flag. His team mate wasn’t so lucky…
Vettel then had a poor first sector, which meant he was unable to improve, meaning he ended up fifth, a place behind Leclerc, with the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon sixth.
Lando Norris found a bunch of time on his second run to leapfrog McLaren team mate Carlos Sainz and end up seventh, meaning he wins the team mate head-to-head 11-10. Daniel Ricciardo was eighth and Sainz ninth, the trio separated by just 0.023s. Nico Hulkenberg, competing in potentially his last ever F1 Grand Prix, closed his season out with 10th.
The key LIVE times for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP on Sky Sports F1 are:
- The Race starts at 1.10pm on Sunday, with build-up from 11.30am
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Sky F1’s Abu Dhabi GP schedule
Sunday, December 1
9.20am: F2 Race Two
11.30am: Abu Dhabi GP Pit Lane Live
12.30pm: Abu Dhabi GP On The Grid
1.10pm: THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX LIVE!
3pm: Abu Dhabi GP Paddock Live
4pm: Abu Dhabi GP Notebook
5pm: Abu Dhabi GP highlights
6pm: Abu Dhabi GP best bits
6.30pm: Abu Dhabi GP race replay