Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2018: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2018

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 23: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO9 on track during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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The final race of the 2018 Formula One season is upon us, with the drivers set to battle it out at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The drivers' championship and constructors' championship have long been decided, so Sunday's main battle should be for third and fourth place in the driver standings, with Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen still in the running.

Channel 4 F1 shone a light on the situation:

Channel 4 F1® @C4F1

There's still several spicy battles remaining in the drivers' championship, particularly between Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen for P3 👀 Bottas is 14 points behind Raikkonen and only three points ahead of Verstappen 😋 Game on! 🥊 #C4F1 🇦🇪 #AbuDhabiGP https://t.co/nlDlEvtlhO


Date: Sunday, Nov. 25

Start Time: 12:10 p.m. GMT/7:10 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK), Channel 4 (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go, All4WatchESPN

For a full drivers list, visit the Formula One website.


The main focus leading up to Sunday's race has been on the 2019 season, with teams finalising their lineups and plans for the future.

Next season will see the triumphant return of Robert Kubica, a fan-favourite making an unlikely comeback:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

One of sport's greatest comebacks. Eight years ago, Robert Kubica suffered a partially severed right arm, among many other injuries, in a rally crash. He still has partial movement in that limb, but will race for Williams in 2019. ➡️ https://t.co/9ZhSOYCSOS https://t.co/lEbyPKO34w

Mercedes have also confirmed Esteban Ocon will return to the Silver Arrows in a reserve role, likely setting him up as a replacement for Bottas in 2020:

Formula 1 @F1

CONFIRMED: @OconEsteban will be @MercedesAMGF1's reserve driver in 2019 >> https://t.co/0FOL7R5yYt #F1 https://t.co/8h4nFDrYKq

There's racing still to be done, however. The Yas Marina Circuit has served up plenty of excellent races over the years―although overtaking has been a problem, as it has been with numerous modern Hermann Tilke tracks―and the combination of gorgeous setting and day turning to night during the race should provide a fitting end to the year.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have won this race a record three times, and both made the podium last year behind Bottas. The Finn will be gunning for a similar result, as he has some ground to make up on Raikkonen.

Mercedes are expected to back Bottas this weekend after a difficult season that saw him move over for Hamilton on several occasions.

He showed his pace in Friday practice:

Autosport @autosport

Bottas fastest for Mercedes in final Friday practice session of 2018 #F1 season at #AbuDhabiGP: https://t.co/JZxFfActwa

Bottas' battle to hold off Ocon for a seat in 2020 will start on Sunday, and a win in Abu Dhabi could be just what he needs entering the winter months.