How to live stream F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 for FREE from anywhere on Earth

It's down to the wire as the battle for the Driver's Championship goes to the final race of the season. Find out how you can live stream the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today

 F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit
(Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

It's been an F1 season for the ages, and with the Driver's Championship still up for grabs, it's set to come to a dramatic conclusion in the final race of the campaign at the Yas Marina Circuit today. Don't miss a moment with all the information on how to watch an F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream below.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen come into the final act of the campaign level on points making it a winner-takes-all showdown for both drivers - the first time an F1 season has ended on a final day cliff-hanger since the 1974 face off between Emerson Fittipaldi and Clay Regazzoni.

So will it be the Flying Dutchman lifting his maiden Driver's Championship trophy or will Hamilton surpass Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles with a historic win in the desert? 

We've got all the info on how to live stream F1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. And if you happen to be outside of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster of F1, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions.

How can I live stream the F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for FREE in the UK?

Channel 4

With fellow Brit, Lewis Hamilton, going head-to-head with Max Verstappen, it's good news for those in the UK as free-to-air channel, Channel 4, will simulcast coverage from Sky Sports of the final race in this year's F1. This means anyone in the UK and Ireland can watch the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix completely for free with a valid TV licence. 

TV scheduling has been confirmed, with live build up happening on Channel 4 from 12pm GMT. The broadcast of the race itself will begin at 12.55pm GMT.

Watch on linear TV or, while unconfirmed, we would expect viewers to be able to get a live stream on devices through the All4 app. The on-demand platform is available on a number of devices, including:

  • Desktop: Windows and Mac
  • Mobile: Android and iOS
  • Media streamers: Roku, YouView, Amazon Fire Stick, Now TV, Chromecast
  • Consoles: PS4, Xbox One
  • Select Smart TVs

Of course, Sky customers can catch the final of the 2021 Formula 1 season with an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream via Sky Sports F1 and online on the Sky Go app

Motor racing fans are able to catch all of the action live and in 4K from 12pm GMT.

What time is the F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

The action is taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 12 December.

The green light is set to get lit at 5pm local time (AST), which is 1pm GMT / 2pm CET / 8am ET / 5am PT and 12am AEDT / 2am NZDT on Monday morning.

FREE F1 live stream options around the world

We're glad to see that not everywhere in the world has their F1 live stream behind a paywall. 

The following countries and broadcasters also appear to be showing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for free: Albania on RTSH, Austria on ServusTV, Azerbaijan on Idman TV, Brazil on Band, Canada on RDS (French language), France and Switzerland on RTS, Iran on MBC Persia, Luxembourg on RTL Zwee, Middle East and North Africa on MBC Action, and Russia on Match TV.

Those in the Netherlands backing Max Verstappen can also get a free-to-watch live stream through Ziggo Sport of the final race.

How to live stream F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for this weekend's concluding action of the season from the Yas Marina Circuit, have no fear -  you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of Channel 4, Sky, ESPN and TSN when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.


ExpressVPN is our pick of VPN providers

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F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

(Image credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

How to live stream F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the US

Formula 1 fans are now well-served by F1 TV and its unparalleled coverage. Its F1 TV Pro package gives you access to every race of the season live, as well as highlight reels and classic races from years gone by. The top tier offering also includes F2, F3, and Porsche Supercup coverage. The US subscription costs $79.99.

ESPN will also be offering comprehensive coverage of this season's final event live in the US, with this race set to start Stateside on the network at 8am ET / 5am PT.

That means there's plenty of options for tuning in, but arguably the best for those wanting to watch an F1 live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels, now just $10 for your first month. The final race of the Formula 1 season is also being shown on the dedicated ESPN Plus streaming service, which starts at only $6.99 a month.

If you're already an ESPN subscriber, but are abroad during the 2021 F1 season, don't forget that you can still tune in like you're at home with the help of a good VPN.

How to live stream the 2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix anywhere else in the world

No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there's an F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live stream option for this race waiting for you. 

If you don't mind staying up late Down Under, Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia, including this weekend's action from Jeddah. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers can also watch online. Kayo Sports is currently offering a handy 14-day free trial- after that, you'll be on a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35. Green light time for the Abu Dhabi GP is at 12am AEDT in the early hours of Monday morning.

New Zealanders can live stream this season's final F1 race via pay TV streaming platform Spark Sport. Spark Sport usually costs $19.99 per month, but if you only want to watch this weekend's race, you're in luck, as there's a 7-day free trial. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will start at 2am NZDT on Monday morning.

Usually, Canadian F1 followers can watch the action on English-language channel TSN or French-language channel RDS , with both premium channels offering live streams online to subscribers. If you're not a cable customer, you can also watch the race online via the TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services which cost just CA$4.99 a day or the much better value of $19.99 a month. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts at 8am ET / 5am PT for Canadian viewers this Sunday.

French and Dutch motor racing fans can watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month, while Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to show Sunday's season finale in Abu Dhabi. 

Sky Italia have been showing all 2021 season F1 races live in Italy - which means motor racing fans in the region can stream Sunday Abu Dhabi GP live via Sky's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99.

The Abu Dhabi GP is all set to start on Sunday at 2pm CET.

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream the F1 the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anomality as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for MacVPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream the F1 the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions with the likes of Sky Sports or Sling TV opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee.

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Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of GuinnessWorldRecords.com and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.