Scheduling: The 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The longest Formula 1 season in history comes down to this. For the third season in a row, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle it out to become Formula One Drivers’ Champion. This year, the battle goes to the wire with Rosberg in front. In between him and his first ever F1 championship is 55 laps of the Yas Marina circuit. It is the first time ever that the GP3, GP2 and F1 titles have gone to the wire in the same season.

The action is live on Sky Sports and Channel 4, with both sides fielding their strongest line-ups. Channel 4 sees the return of Eddie Jordan, Mark Webber and Susie Wolff, whilst Anthony Davidson is back on the Sky Pad. Channel 4’s coverage is specially extended for the weekend as well: alongside two documentaries before the weekend, Lee McKenzie sits down with Mark Webber as his racing career comes to an end. Furthermore, their race day show is a whopping 4 hours and 40 minutes, which is certainly the longest billed time for any F1 programme on free-to-air television that I can remember (excluding any races extended due to wet weather or red flags).

Sky’s race day programme is simulcast on Sky Sports 2, the first time that live F1 action has been shown on that channel. As previously mentioned, Sky are also showing Mario Muth’s Formula 3 documentary centred around the rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle in 1982. Elsewhere, there’s a special Grand Prix show on talkSPORT 2 on Wednesday evening with Rachel Brookes and Johnny Herbert presenting.

Below are all the scheduling details you need, as F1 2016 comes to a close…

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
25/11 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1
25/11 – 12:55 to 15:00 – Practice 2
26/11 – 09:55 to 11:25 – Practice 3
26/11 – 11:55 to 14:30 – Qualifying
27/11 – 12:00 to 16:40 – Race

Supplementary Programming
20/11 – 19:00 to 20:00 – 0 to 60mph: Britain’s Fastest Kids
20/11 – 20:00 to 21:00 – The Lost Lotus: Restoring a Race Car
26/11 – 11:25 to 11:55 – Lee McKenzie meets Mark Webber

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
25/11 – 08:45 to 10:50 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports 1)
25/11 – 12:45 to 14:50 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports 1)
26/11 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
26/11 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying
27/11 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports 2)
=> 12:30 – Race (also Sky Sports 2)
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live (also Sky Sports 2)

Supplementary Programming
23/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
24/11 – 11:00 to 11:30 – Driver Press Conference
24/11 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
25/11 – 16:00 to 16:30 – Team Press Conference
25/11 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The F1 Show
27/11 – 16:15 to 18:15 – Senna vs Brundle
30/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
24/11 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
25/11 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
25/11 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/11 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
27/11 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

talkSPORT 2
23/11 – 22:00 to 23:00 – The Grand Prix Show

GP2 Series – Abu Dhabi (Sky Sports F1)
25/11 – 07:15 to 08:05 – Practice
25/11 – 15:10 to 15:45 – Qualifying
26/11 – 14:35 to 16:05 – Race 1
27/11 – 10:15 to 11:30 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Abu Dhabi (Sky Sports F1)
26/11 – 11:10 to 11:45 – Qualifying
26/11 – 08:20 to 09:20 – Race 1
27/11 – 08:55 to 09:55 – Race 2

As always, I will update the schedule if anything changes.

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