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Summary

  1. Abu Dhabi hosts 2014 F1 season finale
  2. Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by 17 points with maximum 50 available
  3. Hamilton fastest, Rosberg second in P1 & P2
  4. Alonso out of P2 with electronic problem
  5. Magnussen 3rd, Vettel 4th, Bottas 5th, Ricciardo 6th

Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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Fernando Alonso
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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.

Mercedes
Mercedes

Mercedes: No idea what all the fuss is about.

"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."

"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."

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

Young Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
BBC

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.

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."

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

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.

Chequered flag

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Hamilton
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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.

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

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.

Team Radio

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

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.

Mercedes
Mercedes

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

Team radio

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

Hard work for Vettel at Ferrari

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Abu Dhabi

Vettel
BBC

"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."

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.

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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.

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.

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."

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live commentator in Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina Circuit
BBC

"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."

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

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.

Will Stevens Caterham
BBC

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.

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

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

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.

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'."

Horner
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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.

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.

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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."

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