Abu Dhabi GP Schedule 2023: Formula 1

Track Schedule

F1 track action starts on Friday at Yas Marina with two, 1-hour free practice sessions (FP1 & FP2) for teams to find the perfect setup.

Free practice 3 (FP3) takes place on Saturday afternoon, building up to qualifying; a 3-part session where lap times decide starting positions for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

f1 track schedule
FridayFirst Practice13:30 - 14:30
Second Practice17:00 - 18:00
SaturdayThird Practice14:30 - 15:30
Qualifying 18:00 - 19:00
SundayGrand Prix (58 laps or 120 minutes)*17:00 - 19:00

*An F1 race has a maximum time of 2 hours, but can run for up to 3 hours if there are red flags. Jump to full timetable.

Pitstop Practice

Spectators with a view of the pits try not to blink. This is where pit crews hone their skills for the 2-second tyre change.

Pitstop Practice at the Abu Dhabi GP is from 13:00 – 13:30 on Saturday.

pitstop practice schedule

Track Parade

This is when the grandstands really start to fill up. 2 hours before lights out, drivers warm-up for the race by waving at fans and answering questions. Last chance photo op before the helmets go on.

The driver’s parade at the Abu Dhabi GP is from 14:50 – 15:20 on Sunday.

f1 track parade time

Abu Dhabi GP Schedule 2023: Support Races

Formula 2

A good chance to see the star drivers of the future. F2, the feeder series to F1 has seen many well-known names pass through its ranks. The single-seater cars have an identical chassis, engine and tyres which means it’s all about driver skill and the racing is close.

On Friday the F2 action starts with a 45-minute practice session in the morning and a 30-minute qualifying in the afternoon. The Sprint Race is on Saturday and the Feature Race on Sunday.

f2 schedule
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Formula 4 UAE Championship

The UAE FIA-sanctioned F4 championship – a single-seater series that’s usually the next step after karting for F1 hopefuls.

F4 is scheduled for a 45-minute practice session on Friday and a 30-minute qualifying later in the day. Saturday and Sunday each see one race lasting about 25 minutes.

formula 4 timetable
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Yas Marina Gate Opening Times


Full Timetable for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Weekend

FRIDAY 24th NOVEMBER Local time
FIA Formula 4 UAEPractice Session09:45 - 10:30
FIA Formula 2Practice Session11:05 - 11:50
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour12:00 - 12:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk12:00 - 13:00
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:00 - 13:00
Formula 1Bonhams' Auction - Historic Car Demonstration12:45 - 13:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session15:00 - 15:30
Formula 1Teams' Press Conference15:00 - 16:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour15:40 - 16:10
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk15:40 - 16:35
FIA Formula 2Press Conference16:20 - 16:50
FIA Formula 4 UAEQualifying Session18:30 - 19:00
Formula 1MSC Virtuosa F1 Experiences Track Tour, Trophy Photo & Pit Lane Walk19:15 - 20:45
FIA Formula 4 UAEFirst Race (28 Mins +1 Lap)11:50 - 12:25
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice13:00 - 13:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour13:00 - 13:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk13:00 - 14:00
Formula 1Bonhams' Auction - Historic Car Demonstration13:30 - 13:45
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)16:20 - 17:10
FIA Formula 2Press Conference17:30 - 18:00
Formula 1Press Conference19:00 - 20:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk19:15 - 20:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour19:30 - 20:15
F1 ExperiencesF1 Experiences Pit Lane Walk & Trophy Photo20:00 - 21:00
Formula 1Bonhams F1 Auction20:30 - 23:00
FIA Formula 4 UAESecond Race (28 Mins +1 Lap)11:40 - 12:15
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (33 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)13:15 - 14:20
Formula 1End of Year F1 Drivers' Photograph14:45 - 14:50
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk14:45 - 15:45
Formula 1Drivers' Parade14:50 - 15:20
FIA Formula 2Press Conference15:30 - 16:00
Formula 1National Anthem16:46 - 16:48
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (58 LAPS OR 120 MINS)17:00 - 19:00

All start times in this timetable and other schedules on this page are in the local timezone at the track. Times are subject to change.

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