Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2015: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2015

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second training session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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The 2015 Formula One season reaches its climax on Sunday, where freshly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton will have his opportunity to stage a lap of honour at Yas Marina Circuit.

The Mercedes driver has already won this race on two occasions, and despite seeing team-mate Nico Rosberg enjoy a hot streak of late, this is Hamilton's chance to end on the highest of high notes.

Abu Dhabi provides the finishing seal to our 2015 calendar, but attention is already being directed toward the next campaign, where manufacturers are hoping to reel in dominant Mercedes.

Can we expect another one-two from Formula One's in-form outfit at Yas Marina? Read on for a preview of Sunday's race, along with time and television schedule.

2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Drivers
TeamDriver 1Driver 2
MercedesLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg
Red BullDaniel RicciardoDaniil Kvyat
FerrariSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
LotusPastor MaldonadoRomain Grosjean
McLarenFernando AlonsoJenson Button
Force IndiaNico HulkenbergSergio Perez
SauberMarcus EricssonFelipe Nasr
Toro RossoMax VerstappenCarlos Sainz Jr.
WilliamsValtteri BottasFelipe Massa
ManorWill StevensAlexander Rossi

Race starts at 1 p.m. GMT, 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The action will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 (UK) and NBC Sports (US).

Hamilton's Abu Dhabi Deja Vu

In contrast to the Briton's 2014 triumph, Hamilton makes his way back to Abu Dhabi this weekend with the drivers' championship already in tow, but first place will be his only target all the same.

Mercedes' reigning No. 1 acknowledged this as the greatest year in his career to date and one would find it difficult to argue given he heads into the closing race with a 66-point cushion over Rosberg:

Formula 1 @F1

HAMILTON: "What can I say, it’s been the best year of my career. Austin was pinnacle. Excited to be in #AbuDhabi" https://t.co/KIBAXMCYBQ

All signs were positive in Friday's practice after Hamilton finished fastest in the first session by 0.141 seconds, only for the German to top him by 0.138 seconds in the second session, per BBC Sport.

Rosberg goes into Saturday's qualifying having claimed five poles in succession, but Hamilton can leave a significant blow if he were to pip his team-mate to top spot.

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Hamilton has claimed victory twice in Abu Dhabi (2011 and 2014), and while the stakes aren't particularly high this time around, he'll be hoping to finish the season with a win once again.

Vettel on the Podium Prowl

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Ferrari's lack of any real title assault in 2015 has been one of the season's major disappointments, but the suggestion has been that Sebastian Vettel is finally finding his feet with the manufacturer.

Although he would have liked a faster finish than fourth after Friday's practice sessions, Vettel told the official Ferrari website he has his targets well-established prior to Saturday's qualifying:

All in all it is Friday, I think we can still improve and we have to improve. We are a little bit too far behind, I would like the gap to be smaller, and bigger to the cars behind. Force India was surprisingly quick and so was Red Bull Racing. In the first practice session I took some notes on my pad, but this is only my “to do” list for today and tomorrow…

And if there were any venue at which the German giant might turn his luck around, Abu Dhabi could well be it, considering no driver has won more times at this circuit than him, winning in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Yas Marina will also hold cherished memories for Vettel as it was this track that saw him claim his first drivers' championship five years ago, where he edged none other than Hamilton. Formula One illustrated his elation at that maiden title:

Formula 1 @F1

2010 #AbuDhabiGP - #Vettel clinches his first Drivers' Championship and @redbullracing radio goes crazy with joy https://t.co/mnlhWO2YoM

The 28-year-old has taken a podium place in each of the last six races he's finished.

The pressure is off and Abu Dhabi has no major expectations of its drivers, giving Vettel and Ferrari the perfect platform to lay down a marker of their 2016 intentions.


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