2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Schedule: Yas Marina F1 Start Times

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Abu Dhabi F1 schedule 2023

The 2023 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 event takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October at the Yass Marina circuit.

This guide provides details of the full Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule across all three days. 

It lists when and where the Formula 1 will be showed on TV across the world, and what times the practice, qualifying and race sessions will start in a number of different time zones.

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2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix dates

The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend starts on Friday the 24th November and finishes on Sunday the 26th November.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island near Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE.

The Abu Dhabi F1 race will be the final round of the 2032 Formula 1 World Championship.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend format

The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be a traditional Formula 1 weekend format of 3 practice sessions, qualifying and the race. It will not include a sprint race.

Below is the format and duration of the different F1 sessions during the Abu Dhabi GP weekend:

Friday 24th November:

  • Free Practice 1 (60 mins)
  • Free Practice 2 (60 mins)

Saturday 25th November:

  • Free Practice 3 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying – Q1 / Q2 / Q3 (60 mins)

Sunday 26th November:

  • Grand Prix (58 laps or 120 mins)

2023 Abu Dhabi F1 qualifying time

Qualifying for the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on Saturday 25th November at 18:00 (6pm) local time and will last a total of 60 minutes.

Qualifying will be split in to three separate sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3.

All 20 drivers will take part in Q1. Of those, only the fastest 15 will progress to Q2. Then, only the top 10 fastest drivers from Q2 will then move on to Q3.

Q3 is the final 10 minute shootout for pole position.

2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix start time

The 2023 Abu Dhabi GP will start at 17:00 (5pm) local time on Sunday 26th November.

The Grand Prix will last for either 58 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Schedule 2023

Below is the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule for all practice, qualifying and race sessions during the weekend.

2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Schedule
Local Time UK Time Friday 24th November
13:30 - 14:30 09:30 - 10:30 Practice 1
17:00 - 18:00 13:00 - 14:00 Practice 2
Friday 25th November
14:30 - 15:30 10:30 - 11:30 Practice 3
18:00 - 19:00 14:00 - 15:00 Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3
Friday 26th November
17:00 13:00 Grand Prix

What time is the Abu Dhabi F1 race in my country?

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at Yas Marina circuit near Abu Dhabi. This is in the Gulf Standard Time zone (GST).

Below are the start times for all Formula 1 sessions over the Abu Dhabi GP weekend in a number of other time zones.

Session Yas Marina Circuit
Gulf Standard Time
(GST)
Pacific Time
(PST)
Central Time
(CST)
Eastern Time
(EST)
UK Time
(GMT)
European Time
(CET)
Australia Eastern
Time
(AEDT)
Practice 1 13:30 - 24 Nov 01:30 03:30 04:30 09:30 10:30 20:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 24 Nov 05:00 07:00 08:00 13:00 14:00 00:00 +1
Practice 3 14:30 - 25 Nov 02:30 04:30 05:30 10:30 11:30 21:30
Qualifying 18:00 - 24 Nov 06:00 08:00 09:00 14:00 15:00 01:00 +1
Grand Prix 17:00 - 26 Nov 05:00 07:00 08:00 13:00 14:00 00:00 +1

What channel is the Abu Dhabi GP on?

UK fans will be able to watch footage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on the Sky Sports F1 channel. You do need a paid subscription to do this, however. Pre-race build up usually starts about 60 to 90 minutes prior to the Grand Prix start time.

Race highlights will be available for free on Channel 4  in the evening on Sunday 26th November.

Information on where internation TV coverage of the race will be broadcast can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Detailed Abu Dhabi F1 / motorsport schedule

As well as the Formula 1 there will be other motorsport activity taking place on Yas Marina circuit across the weekend. This will include the support races’ practice, qualifying and race sessions.

For 2023 the support series of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are:

  • FIA Formula 4 UAE
  • FIA Formula 2

The full Abu Dhabi GP schedule below shows timings for all motorsport activity across the weekend in the local circuit time. 

This includes the F1, F4, F2 and other on-track action such as demonstrations, track tours and F1 driver parades.

Friday 24th November - Abu Dhabi F1 Schedule
09:45 - 10:30 FIA Formula 4 UAE Practice Session
11:05 - 11:50 FIA Formula 2 Practice Session
12:00 - 12:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
12:00 - 13:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
12:00 - 13:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
12:45 - 13:00 Bonhams' Auction - Historic Car Demonstration
13:30 - 14:30 FORMULA 1 FIRST PRACTICE SESSION
15:00 - 15:30 FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session
15:00 - 16:00 Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference
15:40 - 16:10 Paddock Club Track Tour
15:40 - 16:35 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
16:20 - 16:50 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
17:00 - 18:00 FORMULA 1 SECOND PRACTICE SESSION
18:30 - 19:00 FIA Formula 4 UAE Qualifying Session
19:30 - 21:00 F1 Experiences Track Tour, Trophy Photo & Pit Lane Walk
Saturday 25th November - Abu Dhabi F1 Schedule
12:15 - 12:50 FIA Formula 4 UAE First Race (28 Mins +1 Lap)
13:00 - 13:30 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
13:00 - 13:30 Paddock Club Track Tour
13:00 - 14:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
13:30 - 13:45 Bonhams' Auction - Historic Car Demonstration
14:30 - 15:30 FORMULA 1 THIRD PRACTICE SESSION
16:20 - 17:10 FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
17:30 - 18:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
18:00 - 19:00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
19:00 - 20:00 Formula 1 Press Conference
19:15 - 20:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
19:30 - 20:15 Paddock Club Track Tour
20:00 - 20:30 F1 Experiences Pit Lane Walk & Trophy Photo
20:30 - 23:00 Bonhams F1 Auction
Sunday 26th November - Abu Dhabi F1 Schedule
11:40 - 12:15 FIA Formula 4 UAE Second Race (28 Mins +1 Lap)
13:15 - 14:20 FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (33 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)
14:45 - 14:50 End of Year F1 Drivers' Photograph
14:45 - 15:45 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
14:50 - 15:20 Drivers' Parade
15:30 - 16:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
16:46 - 16:48 National Anthem
17:00 - 19:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (58 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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