Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying LIVE at Yas Marina Circuit

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FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
Button approaching Abu Dhabi as last F1 start. The last five laps I managed to go quicker and build the gap. Milner cracks joke about THAT crunch tackle on Neymar 'I might have to bring this bad boy back, the uppercut, and get the knockout': Already looking forward to the Formula 1 season? Vettel heads the Ferrari duo at six tenths off the pace while the Red Bulls led by Max Verstappen are a mammoth 1.

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How season-closer in Abu Dhabi unfolded

The diggers rolled into what would become the Yas Marina Circuit in May , with the project completed by October Vettel would go on to secure his first title in Abu Dhabi a year later, amid much crying. The Hermann Tilke-designed track is dominated by its 1. Other highlights include the tricky run through Turns 15 and 16 into 17, which forces the drivers to brake hard with bags of lateral load still on the car. What more could you want? Sorry Something's has gone wrong.

United Arab Emirates 23 - 25 Nov. All times listed are local track times 25 Nov Race There's no news for this race yet. First Grand Prix Excellent lap and over a second faster than team-mate STroll.

Felipe Massa's final qualifying session could be coming to an end in the next five minutes as he along with Lance Stroll are struggling for Williams. In the battle of the Mercedes, it's Lewis Hamilton who goes fastest with a new track record of 1: Ferrari can't keep pace with Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel just a shade slower than Bottas, while Kimi Raikkonen is half-a-second down on his team-mate.

You can forget Red Bull in terms of challenging the top two - they are nowhere. Daniel Ricciardo is over eight tenths down in fifth while Max Verstappen, having made a mistake in the final sector, is seventh and 1. An odd complaint from Hamilton who calmly informs his team over the radio about 'fumes' from the Mercedes garage just having an effect on him. First time I've heard something like that. They say he changes when the sun goes down Hope that Ferrari could take the fight to Mercedes today?

Raikkonen goes back to third fastest and just under a tenth slower than Bottas. Bottas though has responded to Hamilton's time to go fastest by under a tenth of a second, while Sebastian Vettel has climbed to third - just under half-a-second behind the Finn.

No surprises to see Hamilton already sets the benchmark as he goes over two tenths of a second faster than team-mate Valtteri Bottas with a 1: Ferrari appear to be falling even further behind from FP3 - Kimi Raikkonen over six tenths off the Mercedes pace.

It will be worth keeping an eye on Toro Rosso's pace during qualifying. Having started the season in flying form, they have turned up in Abu Dhabi with what looks like the slowest car judging by third practice. Can both their cars get out of Q1 in their battle to hold sixth in the constructors' championship this weekend? In recent years Abu Dhabi has become cemented as the venue that brings the curtain down on the F1 season despite rarely producing any on-track dramas since its introduction in This year is unlikely to be any different but that's only because Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have long since wrapped up both world championships.

Instead fans hoping for some tense last race drama will have to dwell on the past. To provide that sort of fix, there were few better venues than Adelaide and the previous home of the Australian Grand Prix.

Sportsmail looks back at Adelaide with our picture special here. You just never know what you'll see on an F1 track Hamilton may have won the F1 crown back in October, but he has picked up another title this weekend WWE star Triple H has had a belt custom made for the Brit, with end-plates featuring Hamilton's logo, and his race number surrounded by the colours of the Abu Dhabi flag. I'll look forward to seeing Hamilton defend his new championship at the Royal Rumble in January Chase Carey says Formula One must not be a soap opera.

That's a bit like saying EastEnders shouldn't be. Or that 42nd Street isn't a musical. Sadly, as the sport goes into the closing race of the season in Abu Dhabi, problems are mounting for Carey, chief executive of F1's new owners, Formula One Group — and the figures are alarming. That's because despite Friday looking close between Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the Brit came out this morning to dominate final practice in front of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

In fact Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen, were over half-a-second behind the Silver Arrows, and that's before Hamilton's Silver Arrows has its engine 'turned up to 11' during the final stages of qualifying. If I was a betting man, I'd go all in on a Hamilton pole - but only if I was betting with someone else's money. We do not have a 'duel in the desert' that can rival last year's incredible title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - but for the latter it's an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

The Brit hasn't gone more than two races without a pole position this term and having lost out in Mexico and Brazil will hope to claim his 73rd career pole at Yas Marina. So good afternoon all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Co will battle it out for pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the final qualifying session of the F1 season.

Hamilton clinched the drivers championship back in October but the battle for second spot is still alive, with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Botas in with a chance of pipping Sebastian Vettel as runner-up. The action gets underway at 1pm. For those of you viewing this on the mobile app, click here to gain full access.

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Hamilton is second, while Sebastian Vettel is third. Here are the full times from qualifying, make sure you check back for the full race tomorrow The pole position shoot out is underway. Massa extends his final qualifying session by another 12 minutes. Vandoorne is around two tenths off the next slowest man - his team-mate Fernando Alonso. Bottas and Hamilton lead the way as the sun sets over Abu Dhabi and the track temperatures drop.

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