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Live Reporting

Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Fernando Alonso

    The sun has set on the first day of action in Abu Dhabi, but there's still two more to go - and they're far more crucial.

    Saturday sees one hour of final practice before qualifying while Sunday hosts the title decider we've all been waiting for.

    Can Lewis Hamilton continue his good form so far this weekend or will Nico Rosberg hit back and give himself a chance on Sunday?

    I'll be back at 09:30 GMT tomorrow with live TV and radio coverage. I do hope you'll join me. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

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    Mercedes: No idea what all the fuss is about.

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    "Pole is important for sure," says Nico Rosberg. "That will help a lot for the race. But even being second, there's still so many chances.

    "I try and approach it as a normal weekend. Of course it's not because of the opportunity but otherwise the approach is the same. I'm just trying to get the job done.

    "We need to wait and see. The Williams was looking pretty good at some points today and of course I'm hoping they are closer."

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    "I've just got to drive the way I usually do and what will be will be," says Lewis Hamilton. "I feel good in the car. Undoubtedly, there is more time to find so I've got to go and chip away at it tonight.

    "It's just been nice to get in the car. I was so excited to drive the car, like a kid at Christmas."

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    Phil Slocombe: Normal service has been resumed by Lewis; topping both Practice sessions.

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    Young Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    No, this isn't Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when they were kids. Instead, it's a shot from our opening film for this weekend's coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, looking back at the early days of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's racing competitions. Watch a teaser here.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "Mercedes are out front, I think we will see more from Williams and I'd say watch the Toro Rossos."

  8. Second practice results

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg ) Magnussen 4) Vettel 5) Bottas 6) Ricciardo 7) Raikkonen 8) Button 9) Kvyat 10) Massa

    11) Perez 12) Maldonado 13) Hulkenberg 14) Vergne 15) Gutierrez 16) 17) Grosjean 18) Kobayashi 19) Stevens

    No time: Alonso

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    Based on the tyre data so far, James Allen suggests we will see drivers start the race on the super soft tyres and then do two stints on the soft tyres. However, he adds that with double points on offer, we might see some teams perform high-risk strategies in a bid to grab a big haul of points.

  10. Chequered flag

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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    Lewis Hamilton says that the face on the soft tyres is comparing very favourably to the super-soft tyres, which bodes very well for the race.

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    Mercedes: With just 0.083 between the two it could swing either way and it's all to play for! Hold onto your seats ladies and gentlemen.

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    The cars are looking beautiful under the floodlights as darkness falls in Abu Dhabi. Just nine minutes to go.

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    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: Tomorrow will be the hardest qualy of the year, no laps today and tomorrow minimum to save the engine. #Challenging ;))).

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    Formula 1

    Formula 1: The Yas Marina circuit in all its floodlit glory during FP2.

  16. Team radio

    "There's two or three laps left in the tyre - it's the rear right." Valtteri Bottas showcasing his uncanny ability to predict the lifespan of his tyres over Williams team radio.

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    Mercedes Lewis Hamilton completes 16 laps on those super-soft tyres before putting for a set of soft tyres. That means it should be possible to complete Sunday's race on a two-stop strategy.

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    With 15 minutes remaining, here's how they stand:

    1) Ham 2) Ros 3) Mag 4) Vet 5) Bot 6) Ric 7) Rai 8) But 9) Kvy 10) Mas 11) Per 12) Mal 13) Hul 14) Ver 15) Gut 16) Sut 17) Gro 18) Kob 19) Ste

    No time: Alo

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    Will Stevens is starting to find his feet. The Briton is still 19th, but now he's just 1.6 seconds adrift of his more experienced Caterham team-mate Kamui Kobayashi.

  20. Team Radio

    Sergio Perez told to "push the rear tyres" by his Force India team.

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    Jenson Button pits after reporting a brake problem. It's now only the McLaren driver and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who are in the pits. Everyone else is out and about focusing on their long runs.

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    Mercedes: Pit wall keeping a close eye on the stops and practice starts! Imagine being in those seats this weekend!

  23. Team radio

    Jenson Button's session takes another twist: "Something's not right at the side of my brake pedal."

  24. Hard work for Vettel at Ferrari

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi


    "I thought Fernando Alonso and Ferrari was a match made in heaven, but ultimately it didn't quite deliver. I think Sebastian Vettel will bring a fresh approach to Ferrari and they will feel a little bit lighter. But ultimately it is going to be quite a bit of hard work and quite a bit of time before they're back challenging Mercedes, who are a long way up the road. He's going to need his three-year contract."

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    Jenson Button goes eighth quickest with his first run on the super-soft tyres. The McLaren driver is desperately trying to make up for lost time which he lost at the end of the last session and beginning of this one. He's 1.4 seconds off the pace and seven tenths shy of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

  26. Get involved via Facebook

    Adrian Ray on Facebook: How can someone say that this season has been boring just because it has been dominated by Mercedes? This has been one of the most exciting seasons for a long time with fierce battles going on throughout the pack let alone the tension and drama of the Lewis/Nico battle. Excellent stuff.

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    Lewis Hamilton has headed back out on the super-soft tyres for a long run. The team will want to get an idea of how long they last as they plan their race strategy.

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "There's some head-scratching over at Ferrari as they try to work out how to turn Fernando Alonso's car back on."

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator in Abu Dhabi

    Yas Marina Circuit

    "They were going to make some changes to Yas Marina Circuit after complaints about how hard it was to overtake, but then the introduction of two DRS zones made it, if not easy, then easier."

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    With 40 minutes to go, Fernando Alonso's Ferrari is back in the garage so his mechanics can get to work fixing it.

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    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are still going at it. Both go fastest on their second hot lap, but still Hamilton edges it. The Briton's time of 1:42.113 is 0.083 seconds quicker than Rosberg.

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    Will Stevens Caterham

    Britain's Will Stevens is currently 19th and last of those who have set lap times - Fernando Alonso hasn't done so after stopping out on track. Stevens' best lap is a 1:48.269, which is 6.1 seconds off the pace. He's 2.7 seconds adrift of Caterham team-mate Kamui Kobayashi.

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    Jenson Button

    McLaren: A brilliant effort by the mechanics gets Jenson's car out before the halfway point of the #FP2 session.

  34. Get involved #bbcf1

    Nick Bennetts: Romain Grosjean being given a 20-place grid penalty for the final race of the season pretty much sums up his season.

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    Nico Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:42.303, but his time at the top doesn't last long as Lewis Hamilton pips him with a 1:42.159. Both those times were set on the super-soft tyres. Their closest challenger is Kevin Magnussen's McLaren in third, 0.736 seconds off the pace.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    "Costs - and the related issue of engines - have been a talking point all year. With the teams currently arguing over the wishes of some to allow some in-season engine development, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has proposed another wild-card idea.

    "Two weeks after suggesting in Brazil that F1 should consider going back to the old V8s, now he is talking about a 'new engine'. 'If we kept the V6s,' he told BBC Sport, 'we could go twin turbo, which would address the noise issue. Perhaps a standard Kers and some standard components and then we could have an engine that was more affordable for all the teams. That is our idea, but I'm sure one of our competitors won't agree'."

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    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo goes third quickest on what was his third lap on the super-soft tyres. The Australian did a cool down lap on the second tour, lapping around the two-minute mark before going again.

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    Lewis Hamilton heads out on the super-softs. He asks if this is a one lap tyre and is told that he could potentially get three laps based on what others have done so far.

  39. Get involved

    Text us on 81111

    James Douglas: "I'm sorry but I can't hope Lewis Hamilton wins the championship on Sunday until he can learn to come 2nd with grace. Being able to smile and be magnanimous in defeat is not a sign of weakness. Better to own up to your own short comings rather than blame everyone else."

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    Sebastian Vettel during practice one at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel bolts on the super-soft tyres and goes quickest with a 1:42.959. However, he's just 0.013 seconds quicker than the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, who set his time on the slower soft tyre.

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    McLaren: Jenson car gets fired-up. Looks like they've finished the repairs and are getting ready to head out. Amazing job from the mechanics.

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    Daniel Ricciardo has had a stunning season, scoring his first F1 victory and winning two more. Perhaps more impressively, he has convincingly beaten his more decorated Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

    Whatever happens this weekend, the Australian is guaranteed to finish third in the championship, matching the best by any Australian driver since Alan Jones (pictured) won the title in 1980.

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    front wings

    McLaren have a new front wing here this weekend. It's the work of new chief engineer Peter Prodromou, who they hired earlier this year from Red Bull, where he was the right-hand man of design guru Adrian Newey.

    As Andrew Benson mentioned earlier, the new wing bears a striking resemblance to that on the Red Bull, as you can see here on this split graphic.

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    When asked if he considered linking up with Caterham this weekend, Jolyon Palmer said: "No. It's all a bit of a confusing set-up there. GP2 was the main focus this weekend - to finish the season on a high."

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    British GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer is track-side - he'll be testing for Force India in the two-day test in Abu Dhabi next week.

    "I'm really exited to see what's it's all about, it's a perfect end to the season - the Force India team has always supported young drivers," he told BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie.

    "There could only be 18 cars on the grid next season, maybe 20 if Caterham are back. It is the toughest time to get into F1 for young drivers. It is a really strong time for British drivers in GP3 and GP2, the difficulty is moving up into F1.

    "There are a lot of guys - Brazilians, Mexicans, Venezuelans - who get huge backing. In Britain it is not as easy to come by. I'm pushing flat out to make something happen."

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    Good effort from Valtteri Bottas, who pops into third with a 1:44.366, while up front, Nico Rosberg improves again to move seven tenths clear in P1.

  47. Get involved #bbcf1

    Lars Wolter: Mercedes dominance makes for BORING #F1 season. Hope this does not continue next season.

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    Nico Rosberg

    The track is now clear, so the rest of the field can get back down to business.

    Nico Rosberg is currently fastest, six tenths of a second clear of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

    1) Ros 2) Ham 3) Vet 4) Kvy 5) Ric 6) Mag 7) Per 8) Rai 9) Mas 10) Ver

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    Ferrari report that Fernando Alonso was "probably stopped by an electrical problem".

  50. Mechanical

    Fernando Alonso has stopped on track. The Spaniard had yet to complete a timed lap in this session and now it's looking unlikely that he will.

    He's down between Turns 19 and 20 so doesn't have too far to go to get back to the pits.

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter in Abu Dhabi

    "Kimi Raikkonen was one second slower than Fernando Alonso in first practice and I've been told his problems are age old ones - he's struggling with power steering (which he had an issue with last year with Lotus) and the front brakes.

    "He's out there now trying to rectify the situation. He won here in Abu Dhabi in 2012, but his record here apart from that isn't very good. He's struggled here most times he's come."

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    Sauber: Lights on for this afternoon session.

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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    When two sides go to war there's always sadness. But war between two childhood friends?

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg raced together as 14-year-olds, roomed together, and dreamed of a life in Formula 1 fighting for the title together as team-mates.

    Now that's reality. How did it get to this? Both drivers, their friend and former F1 rival Robert Kubica and their old karting boss Dino Chiesa explain here.

  54. Get involved #bbcf1

    Anna Sharman: I'm genuinely stressed about what's going to happen in the Formula 1 this weekend! So much drama.

  55. Post update

    Just to add to Jennie's note, the reason why time penalties are coming into it is because this is the final race of the season, so any leftover penalty cannot be carried over to 2015. It must be served this weekend.

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Romain Grosjean has 20 place penalty for taking 6th engine components but if he can't serve them all here is what faces him (i.e. if doesn't qualify on pole):

    "5s penalty for up to five un-served places, 10s 6-10 places, or a drive-through penalty if he fails to drop between 11-20 places on grid."

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    Kevin Magnussen's McLaren car

    Kevin Magnussen is the early pace-setter, the Dane clocking a 1:44.895, half a tenth quicker than Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat. Sergio Perez is third, with Felipe Massa fourth and Jean-Eric Vergne.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    It's the end of an era for Sebastian Vettel, who leaves the Red Bull stable having enjoyed so much successful with the outfit.

    The four-time reigning world champion is making his 113th and final start for Red Bull, the seventh longest tenure by any driver with a single team.

    Unfortunately, he won't be leaving on a high as the German will finish behind a team-mate in a full championship season for the first time in his career.

    It's also the first time he's been out-qualified by a teammate over the course of a season.

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    Caterham's Will Stevens in sunglasses after practice one at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    You may notice a new name on the timesheets - that of Will Stevens. The 23-year-old is the third Briton in the field this weekend after the debutant signed a deal to drive for Caterham.

    First practice didn't go too well. He managed just 12 laps in first practice and ended up seven seconds off the pace. Considering he paid around £500,000 for his drive this weekend, so far, he's paid around £41,600 per lap. Wow.

  60. Get involved

    Moment of the season

    With this weekend having an "end of term" feeling, we're looking back a year which has seen battles both on and off the track and asking you what you feel is your best Formula 1 moment of 2014.

    For me, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso's wheel-to-wheel battle at Silverstone was stunning. They were only fighting over fifth place, but you wouldn't have known it. Two drivers, with the utmost respect for each other, launching attack after attack before Vettel ultimately came out on top. Awesome.

    Fire your moment across, using the #bbcf1 hashtag, text 81111 or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  61. Go! Go! Go!

    Second practice is under way, as the sun sets in Abu Dhabi.

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter in Abu Dhabi

    Body work pops off Valtteri Bottas's Williams

    "Williams had problems with their body work coming off in the first session. The problem was that they had cut cooling holes in body work but when the air got inside it, it basically blew the body work off. They have gone back to a more conservative design."

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    Williams F1: "We ran a slightly different cooling configuration earlier which caused bodywork fastener problem in #FP1 on both cars. The damage is fixed & we have a more conservative configuration for #FP2."

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    Williams had a miserable first practice, with bodywork coming loose on Felipe Massa's car and actually falling off Valtteri Bottas' car. Good news, though. The team think they've sorted the problem.

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    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button: My drivers room at the circuit is pretty special this weekend, thanks @mikeycollier and @bbcf1 Very special memories.

    You can see a special feature with Jenson Button in our race preview show on BBC One on Sunday.

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    Jenson Button

    It's not going so well for Jenson Button on what could be his final race in Formula 1. The 2009 world champion, who has yet to find out whether he has a seat at McLaren next year, did just eight laps this morning and faces the prospect of entering tomorrow's qualifying with just one hour of Saturday morning practice to get sorted.

  67. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter in Abu Dhabi

    Jenson Button's car

    "Bad news for Jenson Button. While McLaren were putting his car back together after his suspension problem in first practice, they discovered a hydraulic problem and it will be touch and go whether he gets out in this season."

  68. Post update

    So this weekend is, of course, the title decider. Only two men can win the world title - Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is the frontrunner, courtesy of his 17 point lead - but 50 are still available so it's still all to play for.

  69. Post update

    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg's path to Formula 1 has been intriguing, too. The unicycle rider, who turned down a place on London's Imperial College's aeronautical engineering course to pursue his dream, can speak five languages, ride a unicycle and loves a bit of karaoke. Read more here.

  70. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton

    From racing remote control cars on Blue Peter to flying round the world on his private jet, Lewis Hamilton has had quite a journey to Formula 1. Read about it here.

  71. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton after practice one at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton was in fine form this morning, gaining the upper hand over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as he set a blistering pace in the Abu Dhabu desert.

    The Briton was just over a tenth quicker than his childhood friend with their nearest challenger Fernando Alonso 1.7 seconds off the pace in third.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Eddie Jordan, James Allen, Allan McNish and Jennie Gow

    Found yourself with some time to kill this lunchtime? Well I've got the solution. Check out the BBC Radio 5 live F1 preview podcast with Jennie Gow, Allan McNish, James Allen and Eddie Jordan previewing this weekend's duel in the desert. Listen here.

  73. Post update

    Afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Championship contender Nico Rosberg is round behind the garages practising his keepy-uppies, as he always does before a session with 27 minutes still to go until we're under way.

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    Ready for round two, folks?

  75. Live text resumes 12:30 GMT

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has plenty to smile about after pipping team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to top spot in first practice. The Briton has owned second practice this year, topping the times in 14 of the 18 sessions so far. Will that form continue later today? Join me in a bit to find out.

  76. Post update

    So that's it for from me for now, but the day is far from over. Second practice kicks off at 13:00 GMT, with this live text resuming at 12:30.

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    Felipe Massa

    Williams had a miserable session with bodywork issues plaguing both cars. Felipe Massa managed just seven laps and was 13th, with Valtteri Bottas eighth after eight laps. However, with two long straights at Yas Marina, I expect the Williams to be right up there once they get to the bottom of those issues.

  78. Get involved #bbcf1

    Mrs Newman: Exciting race weekend F1 good to see Hamilton in P1 after FP1 here's hoping Lewis can be top the whole weekend.

    Phil Slocombe: Lewis has set out his stall early.

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    Mercedes have been a class above for most of this season, but rarely has the gap been as big as it was in that session. Lewis Hamilton's time of 1:43.476 is 1.7 seconds quicker than anyone who is not in a Mercedes.

  80. Post update

    So Lewis Hamilton strikes the first blow at the title decider in Abu Dhabi. That's the 12th time in 19 races that Mercedes have finished one-two in first practice.

  81. First practice results

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Alonso 4) Vettel 5) Ricciardo 6) Vergne 7) Kvyat 8) Bottas 9) Perez 10) Hulkenberg

    11) Magnussen 12) Raikkonen 13) Massa 14) Gutierrez 15) Maldonado 16) Ocon 17) Button 18) Kobayashi 19) Fong 20) Stevens

  82. Chequered flag

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in first practice for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  83. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are evenly matched, as they have been all season. And their Mercedes is comfortably quicker than any other machine. Expect Williams to be closer, once they have sorted their bodywork issues, with Red Bull looking pretty handy, too.

  84. Post update

    Mercedes say they have spent the final part of the session working on longer runs, which is why Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg haven't been improving on their earlier times.

  85. Post update

    Mercedes: Story so far is Lewis Hamilton P1, Nico Rosberg P2 and Jenson Button is live tweeting.

  86. Post update

    McLaren driver Jenson Button: Tough start to the weekend for me with no proper running in FP1, but we'll find our feet pretty quickly in FP2 don't you worry!!

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    Will Stevens has finally got a few timed laps on the board, but his best time of 1:52.150 is four seconds off the pace of Sauber's Adderly Fong, and eight-and-a-half seconds behind pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Qualification format has been tweaked again this weekend with the return of Caterham - 5 cars out on Q1 and Q2 then top 10 shoot out."

  89. McLaren front wing switch

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi

    "McLaren is switching between the two front wing options. They've gone back to the old front wing now. A lot of it is trying to show there's constant development ahead of next season, but right now they're not sure if there is a definite improvement."

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    Formula 1

    Formula 1 in a social media age, ladies and gentleman.

    Jenson Button, who could be competing in his final race weekend, is watching practice on the telly, rather than taking part in it because of an issue with his McLaren.

  91. Post update

    Both Mercedes, both Red Bulls, Lotus' Pastor Maldonado and Caterham's Will Stevens are the only drivers out on track at the moment.

    While there's a bit of a lull in the action, why not give Lewis Hamilton's latest BBC Sport column on the F1 pages a look. He talks title fight, his Mercedes journey and his special fans.

  92. Get involved #bbcf1

    Fran Christie F1: Watching #FP1 on #BBCF1 the cars look fabulous in the desert sun! Great to see Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg trading fast laps.

  93. Post update


    Good news for Will Stevens. Caterham report he is back in his car and will be out shortly. The Briton, who paid £500,000 for his drive this weekend, has yet to set a timed lap. Twenty minutes to go.

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    Lee McKenzie

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    On both Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas out of practice one: "I asked to speak to both drivers, both drivers said no. I don't think it's a very happy camp in there at the moment."

  95. Post update

    It's all going swimmingly for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton top after 19 laps, just clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, who 18 laps under his belt. Fernando Alonso is their closest challenger, but he's a massive 1.6 seconds off the pace.

    1) Ham 2) Ros 3) Alo 4) Vet 5) Ric 6) Ver 7) Kvy 8) Bot 9) Per 10) Hul

  96. Get involved #bbcf1

    Your best moment of the season

    Kate: My highlight this season has been the return of Williams to its former glory.

    Amit Mandalia: I don't have any single highlight of the season, I think the whole year has been filled with great racing throughout the field.

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    Nico Rosberg snatches P1 back from Lewis Hamilton, but Hamilton responds almost immediately with a 1:43.476, just over a tenth quicker than his title rival and Mercedes team-mate.

  98. Post update

    "This has been a fantastic track for us, winning the first ever grand prix here and winning the world championship with Sebastian Vettel - there are a lot of happy memories," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

    When asked whether next season's car an Adrian Newey car, Horner added: "Adrian is as involved in the car as any of his predecessors. There is a lot of effort going into the car but Adrian is leading the layout and development of the car."

  99. Post update

    So both Williams are out of this session which means they will not have had a car in the top three in this session apart from when Valtteri Bottas achieved the feat at the opening round in Melbourne.

  100. Post update

    Williams F1: Fixings on both chassis need repairing so Felipe not expected to be back on track this session either - engineers adjusting plans for FP2.

  101. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen are squabbling out on track, the Red Bull driver waiving his hand in frustrating as Dane Magnussen appeared to be dawdling on the racing line.

  102. Post update

    Problems for Jenson Button, the Briton's car is up on the jacks and mechanics are working underneath. That looks like it could be a long delay for the Briton, who has only managed eight laps so far today.

  103. Post update

    According to BBC co-commentator Tony Dodgins, McLaren say the reason why Kevin Magnussen has the new front wing and Jenson Button doesn't is because Button got to run the last update, which was at Suzuka.

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    Hamilton on board

    The Mercedes are back out on track, with Lewis Hamilton ramping up the pace and reclaiming top spot with an impressive 1:43.799, four tenths quicker than his team-mate Nico Rosberg can manage.

  105. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator in Abu Dhabi

    "Will Stevens has only done the one lap so far, but Kamui Kobayashi has done seven laps and is back out again in the other Caterham car."

  106. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel, who has won this race in three of the five years it has been held, pops up to third, but the Red Bull driver is still 1.135 seconds off the pace.

  107. Bottas out of P1

    Lee McKenzie

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Valtteri Bottas is definitely not going back out in this session. Williams are trying a different cooling configuration and something has gone seriously wrong. The floor is off Bottas's car and they're also taking a good look at Felipe Massa's as well."

  108. Post update

    We've got more Williams news for you and it's not of the good variety if you're a Valtteri Bottas fan...

  109. Post update

    What's Red Bull boss Christian Horner's moment of the season?

    "We are the only team to beat Mercedes this year so those have been highlights but to have fought our way back and finish second is our biggest achievement this year," he says.

  110. Get involved #bbcf1

    Your best moment of the season

    Adam Parker: Best part of the season has got to be Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel racing hard at Silverstone! It shows how to race wheel to wheel.

    Mathias Zaranyika: My fav moment of the season has to be Daniel Ricciardo overtaking two former world champions Hamilton & Alonso at Monza.

    Dave Wight: Buttons eyes were priceless during the drivers conference as Rosberg asks Hamilton to "drive cleanly".

  111. Williams body work "pops off"

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi

    "There's been no new parts added for this weekend, so they're wondering why - at the same point give or take - the cars have suffered exactly the same issue. Where the engine cover meets the sidepod, pressure has built up and it has popped up.

    "There's a bit of head scratching going on down here until they get to the root of the problem."

  112. Post update

    Williams had a bit of a nightmare earlier in this session when bodywork issues on both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas' cars. Allan McNish has more...

  113. Post update

    Mercedes: A lot of polishing going on in the garage here on both cars! Need to look tip top for the showdown.

  114. Post update

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Maclaren's Jenson Button

    Talking of Thursday's pre-event news conference, there was also a tense moment when Jenson Button's eyes lit up when Nico Rosberg said Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton "can do something to keep it clean and that's drive cleanly himself. It's not like he can't do anything". Watch it here.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button

    "There was an amusing moment in the pre-event news conference on Thursday when Fernando Alonso, who was sitting next to Jenson Button, was asked whether would he choose Button as his team-mate next year at McLaren if he had the option to do so.

    "Button turned and faced Alonso, big grin on his face, returned by the Spaniard. 'Take your time,' Button said, putting his arm around his rival. 'I don't know where I will be,' said Alonso, smiling broadly and fibbing just as much. 'So'."

  116. Get involved #bbcf1

    Your best moment of the season

    Ally Cairns: Best moment of season was Bahrain GP, Lewis and Nico wheel to wheel pedal to the metal action for the whole race, exquisite!

    Karl Southwood: Best moment of the season. When Caterham got rid of that awful nose cone.

    Andrew Avramenko: Moment of the season: when Rosberg took out Hamilton at Spa, it changed the season around (Thurs conference showed it still rankles!)

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    The track has gone quiet as the teams have had to hand back the extra set of soft tyres they're given for the first 30 minutes of this session.

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    Force India

    Force India: Welcome to the Sahara Force India villa. They look after us well in Abu Dhabi.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Sergio Perez

    "Most racing drivers have a predictable response to any question about whether people are deserving champions or not, trotting out the line that whoever scores the most deserves the title. It's a very pertinent question at the end of a season in which one of the title contenders has won twice as many races as the other, and has three times come back from about a victory's worth of points down because of car problems.

    "And Sergio Perez was unusually outspoken about it. 'Lewis has been really unlucky for a couple of races,' he said. 'He really lost a lot of ground. If he wins he will be a great champion. But on the other hand, Nico has been consistent and always there. Whoever wins will deserve to win and will be a great ambassador for the sport. But I think Lewis should get the championship'."

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    McLaren: Neither driver hugely happy with the balance during that run. We'll have a little tweak before we head out again.

  121. How they stand

    So with a little under an hour remaining, here's how they stand.

    1) Ros 2) Ham 3) Bot 4) Alo 5) Vet 6) Mas 7) Per 8) Kvy 9) Ver 10) Ric

    11) Hul 12) But 13) Mal 14) Rai 15) Gut 16) Oco 17) Fon 18) Kob

    No time: Ste, Mag

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    Britain's Will Stevens isn't quite getting value for money just yet after pay for his drive at Caterham. He's completed an installation lap but has done no more with 30 minutes of this session remaining. Caterham report that they have detected a "technical problem" on the car.

  123. Team radio


    "It's coming out, it's coming out," says Felipe Massa. What's he talking about? Well a look on track shows bits of the Williams body work has become detached. In the pits, however, it looks like it's Valtteri Bottas's car that's come off worse.

    He gets on to team radio as well. "Some bits of the car just fell off."

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    Felipe Massa reports that he needs to pit because some bodywork is loose on his car. It's worse for his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas who has lost a massive chunk of his sidepod and engine cover on the right-hand side of the car.

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    Nico Rosberg hits back with a time of 1:44.860, three tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton's first proper effort. At this stage, Mercedes look comfortable at the front, as they have all season.

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    Williams F1: It's the last Friday of term, doesn't that mean we watch a film? Not here!

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi

    "This circuit does suit Lewis Hamilton. It's a stop-start nature, a bit like a kart circuit in the way you can attack the corners - that suits his racing style."

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    Hamilton P1

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:45.141, eight tenths quicker than anything else we've seen today with over an hour of the session still to go.

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    Valtteri Bottas goes quickest with a 1:45.913, a tenth quicker than the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. Daniil Kvyat is third in the Toro Rosso, with Fernando Alonso fourth in his final race weekend with Ferrari.

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    Williams F1: It's an important weekend with double points so the focus will mainly be on #FP2 & optimising the car in those conditions.

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    Maldonado in P1

    Pastor Maldonado gets the first time on the board, but to be honest, it is nothing to write home about.

    Our title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are out on track on soft tyres so expect a lap time from them shortly.

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    We're up to 10 teams and 20 drivers this weekend, following the return of Caterham. The team missed the races in the United States and Brazil, but are back racing, at least for this weekend, after raising £1.8m from crowd-funding.

    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone helped them out by waiving freight costs and chartering a plane for staff attending the race. And they received a cash-injection from Will Stevens, who paid around £500,000 for his driver as Andrew Benson mentioned earlier.

    The idea of the team racing in Abu Dhabi, according to Finbarr O'Connell, the man now running the team, is to "showcase the team for potential buyers who wanted to see that Caterham could still be a functioning race team. Read more from him here.

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    It's early days at Yas Marina, so it's no surprise to hear Jenson Button reporting a lack of grip. No times have been set, but all 20 drivers have completed at least one installation lap, to check all is well with the cars following their journeys over from Brazil.

  134. Team radio

    Jenson Button: "Very low grip, there's very low grip".

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    Magnussen in practice one

    Kevin Magnussen is using McLaren's new front wing all of today and according to Allan McNish, the team will make the decision as to whether they will use it for the rest of the weekend and thus fit it to Jenson Button's car.

    McLaren have yet to announce their line-up for next season, although Fernando Alonso is expected to return to the team. That leaves one seat for either Magnussen and Button.

    It's interesting that Magnussen is running the front wing in Abu Dhabi. Make of that what you will.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi

    "If you take all of the season so far, Hamilton and Rosberg have been separated by an average of under a 10th of a second in a practice session."

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    We've got two driver changes in this session, with Formula Three champion Esteban Ocon getting a taste of the Lotus F1 car, with Romain Grosjean sitting out this session. Over at Sauber, Adderly Fong, who finished, er, 21st in GP2 last year, gets a shot in place of Adrian Sutil.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Kevin Magnussen for McLaren

    "McLaren have a new front wing here that is the first fruits of the work of new chief engineer Peter Prodromou, who they hired earlier this year from Red Bull, where he was the right-hand man of design guru Adrian Newey. The wing bears a close resemblance to that on the Red Bull and it will be run in first practice by Kevin Magnussen.

    "Nothing should be read into the choice of driver, with their second seat alongside Fernando Alonso next season still undecided; it's simply Magnussen's turn. If the wing works well - which it might not, having essentially been designed for a different car - they have enough to run on both cars for the rest of the weekend."

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    Mark Webber

    Former F1 driver Mark Webber: Boys have a good weekend... A bit to be decided...

  140. Go! Go! Go!

    For the final time this year, first practice is go, go, go!

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Before heading over to Abu Dhabi, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo took their Red Bull out for a spin on the streets of Dubai. That's probably the last time Vettel will have the chance to do donuts in that car before he heads over to Ferrari to embark on a new chapter in his career.

  142. Get involved #bbcf1

    Ashley Day: I just hope for the sake of F1 that double points doesn't decide the title this weekend.

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    We're up and running on BBC Two, with Lee McKenzie and Allan McNish. You can follow coverage on the tellybox or in the video console at the top of this page.

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    Mercedes: Is this the best name for a boat ever?! HMS Murray Walker! Love that.

  145. Get involved

    Mercedes may have dominated this season but the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the rise of Daniel Ricciardo and the tension of the Ferrari-Fernando Alonso relationship has kept us well and truly entertained.

    Lewis Hamilton tries to get back to the pits after breaking down in practice one in Australia

    And who can forget the classic moment when Lewis Hamilton got stopped by security at the gate in Melbourne and asked for his paddock pass?

    So folks, I want to know what your moment of the season has been and why. Fire over your thoughts via Twitter, using the #bbcf1 hashtag, texting 81111 (UK only) or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Caterham's Will Stevens

    "If Jenson Button is not retained by McLaren next year there may only be one British driver on the grid next year. But this weekend there are three, after Caterham found the money to get to the final race and Will Stevens secured the second drive alongside Kamui Kobayashi.

    "Stevens has paid about £500,000 to make his grand prix debut for a team struggling in the extreme and he admits: 'It's not the easiest situation but when you get the opportunity you have to grab it with both hands.' Caterham's administrator and acting team boss said the team needed to race here to convince potential purchasers they were worth buying.

    "Stevens is hoping the team can make it to 2015: 'My backers are a small group of people who are in for this race and who wanted to be in F1 next year, so I'm in a pretty good position, I just need to go out there and do a good job'."

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    Will Stevens

    What's one of the first tasks a new driver has to complete? The obligatory photo-shoot. Britain's Will Stevens, 23, makes his debut this weekend after securing the vacant drive at the returning Caterham team.

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    Jenson Button: Great you hear some positive news about Jules. #ForzaJules

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    Romain Grosjean: So good to hear some positive news about #Jules ! #ForzaJules

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    Nico Rosberg: Good news about @Jules_Bianchi. Gives me a good felling that he his back in his home country. Tous avec Jules #17

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    Jules Bianchi sign

    We received some news on the condition of Jules Bianchi earlier this week, with his parents Philippe and Christine saying that the Frenchman is no long in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided after crashing heavily at last month's Japanese Grand Prix.

    The 25-year-old has been flown from hospital in Yokkaichi to intensive care in Nice. However, his condition is still "critical" and he remains unconscious.

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    Lee McKenzie

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    Lee McKenzie

    "Nico Rosberg doing his pre session warm up. Maybe warm up not the right words for a desert!"

  153. Live across the BBC

    So before we get to the excitement of the final race of the season on Sunday, there's the small matter of practice to contend with. We've got two sessions for you today, the first of which starts at 09:00 GMT and lasts 90 minutes. The second follows at 13:00 and also lasts 90 minutes.

    We've got live coverage on BBC Two from 08:55 with Lee McKenzie your host. Can't get to a TV or view video at work? No worries, we'll have audio commentary with Ben Edwards and co.

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    In case you've not heard it enough in recent days, Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by 17 points, with Daniel Ricciardo almost 100 points further behind, such has Mercedes' dominance been this season. Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion bound for Ferrari, is more than 50 points further adrift, with Fernando Alonso fifth.

  155. One in, one out at Ferrari

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Sebastian Vettel

    "The announcement that Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari after this race and being replaced by Sebastian Vettel for next season has been expected for weeks and was finally made on the eve of this race.

    "Amid the carefully staged press releases - one announcing Alonso's departure; followed half an hour or so later by one on Vettel's arrival - the predictable words, and the insistence that everyone was happy, there were one or two nuggets, the most interesting of which was Alonso's admission that he had been thinking about leaving Ferrari since 2013.

    "This was not a surprise - it is well known he talked to Red Bull that summer - but to hear him admit it was fascinating, nonetheless. As for Alonso's future, although everyone now knows he will be at McLaren next year, he is still not allowed to admit it. He came close, though. 'It was not a surprise for anybody what we announced today,' Alonso said on Thursday, 'and soon it will not be a surprise for anybody where I will go'."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi

    "And so it has come to this. After 18 races and one of the most intense title battles for years, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have reached the final hurdle. On Sunday evening, under the glittering lights of the Yas Marina circuit, one of them will be crowned world champion and the other will be heartbroken.

    "Before that, though, there are preparations to be done and a race weekend to be got through. 'I come into the race weekend to try to win,' said Hamilton, trying to keep things as normal as possible, 'so nothing changes there. It's about setting the car up, preparing well'."

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    Abu Dhabi

    Morning all! For the 19th and final time this season, a very warm welcome to our live coverage of the Formula 1 World Championship. Abu Dhabi and its spectacular, money-is-no-object Yas Marina Circuit is our host for the season finale - and what a race weekend we have in store, folks.

    Two men have fought a private battle for this year's title. Just 17 points separate them with 50 left on the table.

    Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg? Sunday's race will decide.

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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    Gentlemen, start your engines. Let the final battle commence.