How to watch F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live and free in Australia

Posted: 12 December 2021 5:45 pm
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Verstappen or Hamilton? The winner of a thrilling F1 season could be decided by the first corner.

SUMMARY: The Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is on Fox Sports. If you are already a Foxtel customer, you are all set. If not, your best option is to watch live on Kayo Sports. You can watch for free using this 14-day trial or currently you can get 2 months of Kayo for just $5.

Only Max Verstappen stands in Lewis Hamilton's way of becoming an 8-time world champion when the final race of the thrilling 2021 season takes place in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull and Mercedes rivals sit even on points heading into the final race.

Hamilton has the pace and the last 3 victories, while Verstappen holds the last win at the newly configured Yas Marina Circuit. The Dutchman also holds a slight advantage in the race to become champions too, even with the points currently level.

More importantly Verstappen stole pole and will hold the advantage through the first corner.

The constructors' championship will also be decided and some positions in the middle of the pack of the drivers' championships. But all eyes will be on the race to be crowned champion.

When is the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix?

The final race of the 2021 F1 season gets underway at 12am AEDT on Monday 13 December. Local start times below.

  • NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 12am AEDT Monday 13 December
  • SA: 11:30pm ACDT Sunday 12 December
  • QLD: 11:00pm AEST Sunday 12 December
  • NT: 10:30pm ACST Sunday 12 December
  • WA: 9:00pm AWST Sunday 12 December

How to watch F1 Abu Dhabi 2021 in Australia

The place to watch every race in this year's championship has been Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now. There is zero live free to air coverage of the entire Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Australia, only a highlights show on Monday night at 110:20pm AEDT. For a full analysis of your viewing options, you can check out our F1 guide.

Stream Kayo Sports for 2 months for just $5

Get Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan and more than 50 sports live in this hot deal. Ends 13 December.

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

No installation and no lock-in contract. New customers only. Sign up now.

Stream Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Kayo Sports

While the Abu Dhabi GP practice and qualifying sessions are part of Kayo Freebies, the main race itself requires a subscription.

Kayo Sports is the home of motorsport for Australians. It has every F1 race, as well as IndyCar, Nascar and MotoGP. If you are yet to try it out, Kayo has a 14-day free trial for new customers.

Following the trial period, a Basic subscription will cost you $25 a month and gives you access to 2 screens or devices. You can also opt for a Premium option for $35 a month that gives you an additional screen or device. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Kayo also has a range of awesome special features, including some specifically tailored to motorsport. RaceView allows fans to watch 4 feeds on 1 screen. For F1 this includes the main coverage along with a Co-Pilot view, Pit Lane and driver cameras. All up Kayo has access to more than 50 sports. We have a full review of the service.

F1 Abu Dhabi qualifying results

PositionDriverTeam
1Max VerstappenRed Bull
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes
3Lando NorrisMcLaren
4Sergio PerezRed Bull
5Carlos SainzFerrari
6Valtteri BottasMercedes
7Charles LeclercFerrari
8Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri
9Esteban OconAlpine
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine
12Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri
13Lance StrollAston Martin
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo
15Sebastian VettelAston Martin
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams
17George RussellWilliams
18Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo
19Mick SchumacherHaas
20Nikita MazepinHaas

Who will win F1 Abu Dhabi?

Hamilton looks in the box seat despite losing out on pole position to Verstappen. He has won the last 3 races and clearly has the faster car, winning those races by 21, 25 and 10 seconds respectively.

Even in qualifying despite Verstappen edging Hamiltom out, it required some well planned strategy by Red Bull with Sergio Perez providing a huge tow. Hamilton had two attempts in Q3, both of which were without a tow and he was only 3 tenths slower.

Come race time Verstappen won't be able to rely on Perez to help him out and the Mercedes still looks to have the Red Bull covered on straight line speed.

Still, anything could happen. If neither driver collects points Verstappen will claim the title as he has more wins for the season, 9 to 8. Could he be tempted to try to win by default? A shunt into the wall? It has been a crazy season but we think the stewards might have a say on that should it happen.

Still, Max says he'll do "whatever is necessary" to claim his first F1 title, so who knows?

Verstappen also has the numbers on his side with 5 of the last 6 pole sitters in Abu Dhabi claiming the race win.

We think Hamilton has the power to claim a fourth straight victory for the season and become the greatest champion the sport has seen, claiming a record 8 world drivers' championships.

F1 season standings

Drivers Championship

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull369.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes369.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes218
4Sergio PerezRed Bull190
5Charles LeclercFerrari158
6Lando NorrisMcLaren154
7Carlos SainzFerrari149.5
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren115
9Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri100
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine77
11Esteban OconAlpine72
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin43
13Lance StrollAston Martin34
14Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri20
15George RussellWilliams16
16Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo10
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo3
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Constructors Championship

PositionTeamPoints
1Mercedes587.5
2Red Bull559.5
3Ferrari307.5
4McLaren269
5Alpine149
6Alpha Tauri120
7Aston Martin77
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo13
10Haas0

Updated: We updated our article at 5:45pm AEDT 12 December with new information including updated times, qualifying results, standings and a race preview.

You can see a comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel here. We also have a rundown of this season's F1 calendar, teams and all the drivers.

Image source: Kayo Sports website

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