Scheduling: The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The 2017 Formula One season concludes, as it has done since 2014, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The race will be notable for being, at least for the moment, the last race without the Halo closed cockpit solution, which comes into force from 2018.

Channel 4 and Sky are airing live coverage of the season finale, with both broadcasters supplementing their usual programming with special shows. Channel 4 have a Guy Martin special, as part of their ‘Rise of the Robots’ season. The episode features, amongst other robotic adventures, Martin challenging the Roboracer to a race around Silverstone. The broadcaster also continues their F1 Meets series, with David Coulthard interviewing Niki Lauda.

Sky will be airing the F1 Esports Final on Saturday evening as 20 racers battle it out to become the inaugural F1 Esports Champion. The event will also stream live across Facebook and Twitch. Sky are also showing a 30-minute behind the scenes special looking at how the Sauber team transports equipment around the world: from Spa to Monza and Singapore. This is an extension of a feature shown during the Singapore weekend, which is great to see.

With the championship battle over, BBC’s coverage is primarily on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra for the second race running.

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
24/11 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1
24/11 – 12:55 to 15:00 – Practice 2
25/11 – 09:55 to 11:25 – Practice 3
25/11 – 11:55 to 14:45 – Qualifying
26/11 – 12:00 to 16:35 – Race
=> 12:00 – Build–Up
=> 12:35 – Race
=> 15:10 – Reaction

Supplementary Programming
25/11 – 11:25 to 11:55 – F1 Meets… Niki Lauda
26/11 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Guy Martin vs the Robot Car

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
24/11 – 08:45 to 11:00 – Practice 1
24/11 – 12:45 to 14:50 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
25/11 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
25/11 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying
26/11 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race (also Sky Sports Mix)
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 12:30 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
22/11 – 20:00 to 20:30 – F1 Special: The Race Between Races
22/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
23/11 – 11:00 to 12:00 – Driver Press Conference (also Sky Sports Main Event)
23/11 – 17:00 to 17:15 – Paddock Uncut
24/11 – 15:30 to 16:30 – Team Press Conference
24/11 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The F1 Show
25/11 – 16:00 to 19:00 – Live F1 Esports Final
29/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
24/11 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
25/11 – 09:55 to 11:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
25/11 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/11 – 12:30 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

Formula Two – Abu Dhabi (Sky Sports F1)
24/11 – 07:30 to 08:15 – Practice
24/11 – 15:00 to 15:30 – Qualifying
25/11 – 14:40 to 15:45 – Race 1
26/11 – 10:10 to 11:15 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Abu Dhabi (Sky Sports F1)
24/11 – 11:10 to 11:45 – Qualifying
25/11 – 08:20 to 09:15 – Race 1
26/11 – 08:45 to 09:30 – Race 2

The schedule above will be updated if anything changes.

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2 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  1. I don’t wish to get bogged down with F1 Politics, but I think the Halo will be scrapped for 2019, or earlier. I would love to see Open-Cockpit return but the Shield is my belief for 2019.

  2. GP3 Practice has been removed from Sky’s schedule.

    BBC Radio has also removed their Preview show (Podcast only), but FP3 has been added on 5 live sports extra.

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