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Summary

  1. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd
  2. Perez 4th, Ricciardo 5th, Bottas 6th
  3. Hamilton top in Q1 & Q2
  4. Vettel out in first session with Alonso
  5. Button, Verstappen & Lotuses out in Q2
  6. Manors and Ericsson out in Q1
  7. Get involved: your #starsoftheseason

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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    Abu Dhabi top 3

    Well, we could well be in for quite a season finale tomorrow.

    Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be desperate to get that final win of the year, but then there is 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen, who is in a good position to challenge.

    Don't discount Sebastian Vettel. He is down in 16th, who came through from a pitlane start to finish third in 2012, while Sergio Perez has been going well so far this weekend.

    Plenty to watch out for and we'll be back 11:30 GMT. See you then.

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    Almost time for us to wrap things up. Watch out for qualifying highlights online, while there is already a video available about Fernando Alonso, and whether he could be about to take a year off F1. Watch that here.

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    What happened to Sebastian Vettel, who could only qualify 16th? Just a miscalculated lap it seems.

    “We thought the lap I had was good enough, but in the end it wasn’t," he sai.d "It is possible to overtake, we have the speed but how much, we will see tomorrow.”

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    nico rosberg

    A bit more from Nico Rosberg, and what he can learn going into 2016: “Primarily, I would like to win the race because it is a great feeling and would give the whole crew a great end to the season and a reason to party. Of course, what we learn this year helps going into next year.”

  5. Record breakers

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    Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified third: "The car has been handling pretty well all weekend. The laps have not been ideal, the first run was OK, but I knew there was room to improve. It was still a bit off what the other guys can do."

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    Lewis Hamilton, who qualified second: "I've been struggling with the car a little all weekend. We've been working hard to make some changes but Nico was just quick today and did a really good job in Q3."

  8. Raikkonen ready to pounce?

    The one to watch tomorrow? Kimi Raikkonen starts from third on the grid tomorrow. Only once in the previous six Abu Dhabi GPs has the race been won from pole.

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    Nico Rosberg, who secured pole position: "Before it was close in the other direction and now it's close in this direction. I am quicker at the moment and I am pleased about that and happy to be on pole again."

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    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg will begin the 2016 season just two short of Ayrton Senna's record run of pole positions from 1988-89. 

    If only the season was a couple of races longer. No-one has an answer to him in qualifying in 2015.

  12. Abu Dhabi qualifying - the rest

    11) Verstappen 12) Button 13) Maldonado 14) Nasr 15) Grosjean 16) Vettel 17) Alonso 18) Ericsson 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

  13. Abu Dhabi qualifying top 10

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Raikkonen 4) Perez 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Hulkenberg 8) Massa 9) Kvyat 10) Sainz

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    Seriously, where did that come from? There's been barely anything between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton throughout the weekend and suddenly Rosberg finds almost four tenths more than his team-mate. Stunning stuff.

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    How about that then? Nico Rosberg strikes again. He pulls a 1:40.237 out of the bag to beat Lewis Hamilton by three tenths of a second! Massive lap from the German.

    Six consecutive pole positions for Rosberg now. Impressive stuff.

  18. Chequered flag

    Nico Rosberg secures pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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    Lewis Hamilton is faster! He is P1 for now. Here comes Nico...

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    Much better through the second sector from Lewis Hamilton. This will be close...

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    Hmm. Lewis Hamilton has been faster through the first sector, what's he got in the final two parts of the lap? Needs to be big.

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    A mega lap from Sergio Perez, getting within half a second of Mercedes. Force India are having a great weekend so far. 

    Drivers are heading now for their final attempt to grab a good position on the grid.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Quote Message: This is a real chance for Raikkonen to finish the season on a high, without real pressure from his team-mate.
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    Rosberg

    Everyone is back into the pits after that flurry of laps. Here's how the order looks:

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Perez 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Williams 8) Hulkenberg 9) Kvyat

    Only Carlos Sainz left to complete a timed lap.

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    First blood to Nico Rosberg. Smooth sailing round the circuit sees him straight into P1 with 1:40.738, 0.2s faster than Lewis Hamilton. Game on.

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    Lewis Hamilton goes faster, but not by much, it is 1:41.016 for the world champion. Here comes Nico Rosberg, what can he do?

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    Force India have been going well in Abu Dhabi, and it is a strong start to the session by Sergio Perez, a 1:41.184 to set the pace.

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    Busy, busy, busy. 

    Everyone bar Carlos Sainz is straight out onto the circuit, which is now fully lit up by the floodlights. Dusk has given way to darkness.

  31. Final qualifying starts

    Right then, back to the matter at hand. The shootout for the top 10 is under way. Here we go.

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    alonso
    Quote Message: When Ron [Dennis] says something it is an opportunity to ask him to clarify his quotes. I don’t know what he means or his intention. We will improve, let’s go to winter testing. from Fernando Alonso
    Fernando Alonso
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    Mark webber

    Mark Webber, speaking about Fernando Alonso and his future: "He is a time bomb. He is ticking over, the whole season has been very frustrating for him. Obviously the way Ron [Dennis] and Fernando left the relationship in the past we are maybe seeing some of this, the tension is building.

    "I think he will have two or three days in testing and make a decision then, he could have a year off. If things are not going his way he will create pressure on all parts of the team. He hates losing."

  34. IN

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Perez 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Bottas 7) Hulkenberg 8) Kvyat 9) Massa 10) Sainz

  35. OUT

    11) Verstappen 12) Button 13) Maldonado 14) Nasr 15) Grosjean

  36. Second qualifying ends

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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    Any last minute heroics from Jenson Button? Not this time, he's out but Carlos Sainz has pulled a good lap out of the bag and he is safe, dropping his team-mate Max Verstappen into the elimination zone.

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    In the dropzone at the moment are Carlos Sainz, Jenson Button, Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr.

    No time set for Romain Grosjean, he's had gearbox problems but Lotus try to get him back out for one last crack at a lap. No good, the gearbox is done and he's pulled over on the backstraight. 

    A disappointing final qualifying session for him at Lotus.

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    Quote Message: Third place for Kimi Raikkonen just eight tenths of a second behind Hamilton. That is exactly what we thought Ferrari should deliver, just a pity that there is only one of them now.
  40. Alonso on chances of a 2016 sabbatical

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    McLaren's Fernando Alonso has responded to the sabbatical comments made by team boss Ron Dennis earlier with this response to 5 live's Jennie Gow. "It's not really for me to say - it's up to Ron to have his opinions, I can't really comment." 

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    I'll tell you what Kimi Raikkonen can do, go third fastest. He is round the Yas Marina circuit in 1:41.612. Things going well for one Ferrari at least. 

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    Supersofts for Kimi Raikkonen. What can he do?

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    Romain Grosjean is taking part in his final qualifying session for Lotus before leaving for Haas, but it isn't going great for him.

    "We have a problem," he is warned. "Bring back the car slowly. Do not change gear."

    He promptly brings the car back to the pits. He has not set a time yet in Q2.

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    Nico Rosberg's first attempt in Q2 isn't enough to beat Lewis Hamilton, he's 0.2s slower.

    Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg crosses the line with a 1:41.925, before being told of a deflating tyre. That time is good enough for fourth for now.

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    Massa

    Felipe Massa kicks things off with a 1:42.362 but Lewis Hamilton knocks that time out of the park as he goes fastest with a 1:40.758.   

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    Abu Dhabi

    Floodlights on as it continues to get darker. Both Mercedes are out early again and Lewis Hamilton has just gone fastest in the first sector.

    "The car felt good," was his assessment of Q1.

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  49. Second qualifying starts

    Not sure what happened to Sebastian Vettel, but I'm sure we will know soon enough.

    The battle for a place in the top 10 is under way.

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    Don't forget you can use our extra camera streams, including driver tracker, on board, pit lane feed, 5 live commentary and the multi-screen option.

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  51. IN

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Perez 4) Hulkenberg 5) Ricciardo 6) Massa 7) Raikkonen 8) Kvyat 9) Button 10) Grosjean 

    11) Bottas 12) Verstappen 13) Nasr 14) Sainz 15) Maldonado

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    Quote Message: That is a huge shock. It has gone completely wrong for Vettel, who has ended up dropping out of qualifying in Q1.
  54. OUT

    Two former world champions out in Q1

    16) Vettel 17) Alonso 18) Ericsson 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

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    Confirmed. Sebastian Vettel is out in the first part of qualifying! A massive surprise.

    Jenson Button produced a fine final lap to leap up to ninth, pushing down both Fernando Alonso and Vettel.

  56. First qualifying ends

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying, but Fernando Alonso has a puncture, and what's this? Sebastian Vettel is in the dropzone!

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    Marcus Ericsson is in the dropzone and looks like he is going to stay in the drops as a message comes over the team radio about a problem.

    "Argh. We cannot fix?" he asks.

    He doesn't get the response he wants.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Quote Message: Mercedes are going through the speed trap at 210mph compared to Jenson Button’s McLaren at 190mph. That is a huge difference in performance in straight line speed between the Mercedes and Honda engines.”
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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are back in the Mercedes garage and would appear to be done for Q1. 

    They still lead the way, but Nico Hulkenberg leaps up to third with 1:41.996.

    Two minutes left and drivers in a spot of bother are Felipe Nasr, Jenson Button, Marcus Ericsson, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: On Friday, Jenson Button's programme was focused on 2016. He only did set-up work for this weekend in final practice.
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    Jenson Button runs a little wide and it costs him a bit of time on his lap, a 1:43.619 leaves him in the dropzone. Fernando Alonso, ninth fastest in second practice on Friday, has fared much better. A 1:43.187 has him ninth for now.

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    Kimi Raikkonen goes third fastest, almost two seconds off the pace of the Mercedes. That time was set on the slower soft tyres, though.

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    The timing board is lighting up now, with 12 drivers completing their first timed efforts.

    Lewis Hamilton going fastest of all with 1:40.974, while Nico Rosberg's lap is quite as good. He is P2, 0.1s slower. 

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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both out on track and both on the supersoft tyres.

    The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, are on the harder soft tyres.

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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: Both cars are out now. Daniil Kvyat had a torrid final practice after an electrical problem and he is straight out. Everybody to get through to Q2 will need to go on the supersoft tyre.
  71. First qualifying starts

    The track is open and there's a little moment for Daniel Ricciardo, a slight slip as he leaves the garage and makes his way onto the circuit. All good though.

    Ricciardo
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    Here we go then! The final qualifying session of the year is upon us.

    Where does the time go?

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    Quote Message: It is coming up to 5pm local time and we’ll be plunging into darkness during qualifying.
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  76. Alonso could take sabbatical

    Here's a bit more on the story from earlier, about Fernando Alonso possibly taking a sabbatical from Formula 1 next year.

    Alonso is contracted until the end of 2017, but McLaren have struggled this season in their first year with engine partner Honda.

    Asked if there was a possibility Alonso would not race in 2016 if the car was again uncompetitive, McLaren boss Ron Dennis said: “He will definitely finish his career in McLaren.

    “I have an open mind to anything. Some of the ideas have involved those sorts of considerations - sabbatical years.”

    Read more in Andrew Benson's story here.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    However, pole position isn't a guaranteed ticket to victory in Abu Dhabi, only once in the last six years has the race been won from that position.

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    Good news for Nico, not so much for Lewis...

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    F1 awards

    The end of the season wouldn't be the end of the season without the BBC F1 awards. Find out who has won what on BBC One right now.

  80. A little taste of home

    Formula 1

    Did you know Yas Marina circuit was built on a man-made island, with 4,000 tonnes of aggregate shipped in from the UK to make it? 

    More Abu Dhabi GP stats and facts here.

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    Formula 1

    I've seen some people suggesting Lewis Hamilton is in wind down mode. You can check out his latest BBC Sport column for his thoughts on that.

    "My target is to win here, as it is at every race, and that's all I'm thinking about as the weekend starts," he writes.

    "People have been asking whether I have subconsciously backed off a little because the championship has been won. Of course you will never know whether that's the case, but it has certainly not been my intention."

    Read more here.

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    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    Quote Message: Surprisingly in some ways, I can tell you Ron Dennis has confirmed that he is unable to confirm that Fernando Alonso will drive for the team next year. The reason for that is Fernando wants to see how good or bad the car is before he decides to do yet another season like this one.
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    Some interesting news on Fernando Alonso from Eddie Jordan just now on BBC One about his future at McLaren...

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    Here's a story that has developed today, courtesy of BBC chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Mercedes have asked Formula 1's governing body to clarify the rules amid concerns over Ferrari's relationship with the new Haas team.

    "US-based Haas are entering F1 in 2016 and will be using parts bought from Ferrari, in whose wind tunnel they have been developing their new car.

    "There is a concern Ferrari have gained an advantage through the relationship."

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    Christian horner

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, speaking to BBC Sport: "Next year will be very much an interim year for us, but I believe we can make significant strides.

    "It has been a frustrating year, lots has been said and there has been frustration around our power unit but that is because we are competitive team.

    "We have to make progress. We have some great announcements coming up in the next week or so. Go on the BBC website and you will see it all unfold on there."

    Thanks for that Christian!

  88. A final goal for Mercedes

    Here’s a sign of just how dominant Mercedes have been this season. They go into tomorrow’s race with a chance of surpassing last season’s points tally of 701.

    Impressive, considering there were double points on offer at the 2014 season-ender in Abu Dhabi.

    Only a one-two will do, however, with Mercedes currently on 660 for the season.

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    table

    OK, they might not be talking about battle for fourth in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for years to come, but that's all that is to play for at the top of the drivers' championship.

    Its a tight battle, though, with Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas just one point ahead of his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, and they will both be desperate to claim the bragging rights.

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    Formula 1

    It looks like David Coulthard's has brought out his special season-ending trousers for today.

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    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg is going for a sixth consecutive pole position today. 

    Only four drivers in the history of F1 have bettered that run. Ayrton Senna leads the way with eight, while Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton have all managed seven poles in a row.

  93. Get involved #starsoftheseason

    With the final curtain soon to come down on 2015, we want to know who, or what, your star of the season has been?

    Let us know on Twitter via #starsoftheseason, text in on 81111(UK only) or post your star on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    First there is work to do for Suzi Perry and co. They are on BBC One and online right now with build-up to the final qualifying session of the season.

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  96. Pointless F1

    Formula 1

    No, the headline on this entry is not meant to be a dig at the sport we all love. Instead, it is to highlight the fact that there is a treat for you later on.

    Today's episode of Pointless is a Formula 1 special, with Allan McNish, Claire Williams, Murray Walker, Nigel Mansell, Christian Horner, Suzi Perry, David Coulthard and Mark Webber taking part.

    Should be a cracker. Watch on BBC One at 18:00 GMT today.

  97. Coming up

    BBC One

    The final qualifying session of the season begins at 13:00 GMT, with build-up getting under way on BBC One at 12:10. There's also audio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. 

    As always, you can watch and listen online at the top of this page (desktop users) or by clicking the live coverage tab (mobile device users).

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    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton may have already wrapped up the title, but he will want to finish the season in a dominant fashion.

    He's been stuck on 49 career pole positions for a while now, and will be desperate to reach that magic number 50 in qualifying today.

    Will he do it? He made a couple of errors in final practice earlier, losing out to Nico Rosberg, although not by much. He has also been a bit unhappy with his set-up in the Mercedes cockpit.

    We shall see.

  99. Aiming to end on a high

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton must be starting to forget what it is like coming out on top in qualifying.

    For a while this season he was unstoppable, claiming pole position in seven consecutive grand prix weekends, but that run ended in Italy back in September. He hasn't been on pole since.

    Maybe it is time to bring the blond hair back?

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  101. F1 rewind

    F1 rewind

    Nico Rosberg tops the final practice session of the season, while Lewis Hamilton had a far from perfect session. 

    It sets things up nicely for qualifying, which is at 13:00 GMT, but we will back with build up from 12:00 GMT along with television build-up on BBC One at 12:10.

    For now, I'll leave you to enjoy a bit of F1 Rewind - on BBC Two and on this page right now. Today's topic? Amazing races. Enjoy!

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  103. FP3 result

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Perez 5) Raikkonen 6) Ricciardo 7) Hulkenberg 8) Massa 9) Bottas 10) Sainz

    11) Button 12) Maldonado 13) Nasr 14) Verstappen 15) Grosjean 16) Alonso 17) Ericsson 18) Stevens 19) Merhi 

    No time: Kvyat

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  105. Chequered flag

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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    Seconds left, and it looks like it is going to be advantage Nico Rosberg heading into qualifying...

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    Great bit of radio from Fernando Alonso.

    "Who was in front of me in the last three corners," he asks.

    "That was Stevens and Grosjean, Stevens and Grosjean," is the response.

    "Idiots."

    Say what you think Fernando.

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    Oh Lewis Hamilton won't like that, you'd imagine, as Nico Rosberg gets in his way at Turn 13. 

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel first run on the faster tyre sees him go third fastest with 1:42.185. He's got time to have another go, and he's doing just that...

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    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg improves again with a 1:41.856. There's an improvement for Lewis Hamilton, but not enough to leap over his team-mate. He's 0.281s off his team-mate.

    Felipe Massa, meanwhile, is third fastest after a 1:43.173 on the supersoft tyres.

  111. Kvyat's FP3 over

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: Bad news for Daniil Kvyat, they are trying to locate that electrical fault, they have taken the gearbox off.
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    Again Lewis Hamilton backs off, slipping and sliding in the same area he spun earlier. No problems as such, just didn't take Turn 6 very well at all. 

    It hasn't been a great third practice session for the world champion...

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    Nico Rosberg goes fastest of all with 1:42.196. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, has backed off his flying lap, but he's having another go now.

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    Lewis Hamilton follows his team-mate out on the supersoft. Nico Rosberg is fastest of all through the first sector, Hamilton isn't as good though, two seconds slower through that part of the lap.

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    Felipe Nasr is the first to head back out on the supersoft tyre before Nico Rosberg also heads out, also with red-walled boots strapped on.

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    We are into the final 20 minutes and there's just one driver still to complete a timed lap - Daniil Kvyat. He's in the Red Bull garage as the team work on fixing an electrical issue, having managed just one exploratory lap.

    Pretty much everyone has made a dart for the pits now as we head into qualifying simulation run territory.

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    With Fernando Alonso not on the circuit, Jenson Button takes the chance nip ahead of his team-mate on the timesheet with a 1:44.862 putting him P14. Fernando Alonso is P15.

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    Halfway through FP3 and this is the order of the top 10:

    1) Hamilton 2) Raikkonen 3) Rosberg 4) Vettel 5) Ricciardo 6) Sainz 7) Perez 8) Massa 9) Verstappen 10) Hulkenberg

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  123. Alonso's spa day

    It would appear Fernando Alonso got out of his car to have a little massage.

    The Spaniard must have had a bit of discomfort in his hand, and is currently having it rubbed.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    "One of the surprises of Friday was the sight of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren in ninth. There have been McLarens in the top 10 in practice before this year, but on paper this looked especially impressive - Alonso was fifth fastest in the twisty final sector, where Honda’s engine deficit is least detrimental, and only a second off the pace. Alonso said this may have partly been due to the timing of his run, slightly later than others.

    “‘Many things could be behind this,’ the Spaniard said. ‘One is probably the improvements on the car, they keep working and bringing us performance. Then maybe we put the super-soft tyres on at the best moment of the session, maybe later than the others. On Saturday we will not be ninth unfortunately, we will be a little bit worse than that. But I'm happy with the car today and happy with the progress.’

    “Jenson Button was a second adrift, saying the cars were in different specifications as McLaren test for 2016, and pointed out that ‘the race is going to be very tough - our deployment is stopping really early on the straight’. This is a reference to the Honda running out of hybrid boost, depriving the car of 160-180bhp as soon as it happens. ‘You're sat there waiting for everyone to overtake,’ Button said.”

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    Eighteen drivers have set timed laps now, Daniel Ricciardo the latest to do so, going fifth fastest, while Lewis Hamilton has had a little spin. No drama as he quickly rights his Mercedes and cracks on.

    Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso, after his latest improvement, is back in the McLaren garage and out of his car for the time being.

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    Where's Lewis Hamilton going with his first timed run? Straight into P1, that's where. 

    The world champion edges out Kimi Raikkonen with a 1:43.078, a tenth of a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen, three tenths faster than Nico Rosberg.

  130. Spin!

    Mercedes

    Sebastian Vettel slides off at Turn 1, losing his Ferrari under braking. 

    "I semi spun," he says. "The tyres are still OK. I don't have any big vibrations."

    Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have joined the party, Rosberg going second fastest with 1:43.415.

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    Verstappen

    Max Verstappen bounces over one of the kerbs as he goes through Turns 11 and 12, sparks flying up from the rear of his Toro Rosso as he does so.

    "The car is really tricky on the rear, it is always stepping out," he says over the radio.

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    vETTEL

    Sebastian Vettel makes it a Ferrari one-two for now as he goes second fastest with 1:44.143, half a second down on his team-mate.

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    And Kimi Raikkonen is straight into P1 with his first timed lap, a 1:43.214 although the Finn, who is in a battle with his compatriot Valtteri Bottas for fourth place, isn't completely happy with his lap. 

    "I struggled a bit on the last part of the circuit with the rear," he reports back to Ferrari.

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    Still no sign of either the Mercedes or the Red Bulls as Max Verstappen slots in sixth fastest with 1:44.704.  Twelve times on the board, but the Ferraris are on their first runs now with 45 minutes to go.

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    The times are coming down to something more representative now as Sergio Perez goes fastest with 1:44.306, edging Pastor Maldonado by just 0.069.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    “Mercedes have gone to the stewards asking for clarification on the rules regarding restrictions on research and development to do with aerodynamics. It sounds quite dry, but it’s a tense and emotive subject among the teams and it relates to the relationship between Ferrari and the US-based Haas team which is entering F1 next year. 

    "There has been discontent all year about this, because Haas have been using the Ferrari wind tunnel to develop their car. Ferrari’s rivals believing the Italian team has been using the relationship to get around the restrictions on wind-tunnel usage by developing their own car when they claim Haas are using the tunnel. Mercedes have formally asked for clarity on what is allowed and a verdict is due some time this weekend.”

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    Several drivers are in no rush to get out, the Mercedes pair among them. 

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    Felipe Nasr gets things going with a 1:46.061 before Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens also getting in their first timed laps. 

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    WILL STEVENS

    Will Stevens is back where it all began, having took part in his maiden Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi 12 months ago.

    The Brit is still waiting to be confirmed at Manor for 2016, but he has said he feels "100%" certain he will be on the grid next year.

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  143. Go! Go! Go!

    The final practice session of the season is under way, with Felipe Nasr leading the cars out onto the circuit.

  144. It isn't even December...

  145. Get involved #starsoftheseason

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  147. Live now

    Formula 1

    We are up and running with live coverage right now, on BBC Two and on this page. Final practice gets under way in a couple of minutes.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    “Sebastian Vettel was low key about Ferrari’s form and expectations after practice on Friday, saying: ‘We have to improve. We are a little bit too far behind and I would like the gap to those behind to be bigger.’ On headline times, it did not look great, Vettel was fifth fastest and nearly 0.8secs off the pace-setting Mercedes, and Kimi Raikkonen a couple of places further back. But the long runs told a different story. 

    "Raikkonen did a particularly impressive stint on the super-soft in second practice, twice as long as either Mercedes driver managed and every bit as quick on average. And there was also little to separate Vettel and Rosberg on the soft. Ferrari won’t beat the Mercedes in qualifying, but they could be a threat in the race.”

  149. Scream if you want to go faster

    Formula 1.com

    Ferrari, and more specifically Sebastian Vettel, have proven to be 'the best of the rest' this season.

    They were the only team apart from Mercedes to notch up wins, with Vettel taking three race victories, and they are determined to go even faster in 2016 to put up a real fight for the title.

    Got to love this pic, by the way. Kimi Raikkonen is on the world's fastest rollercoaster and still manages to maintain the disinterested look of a driving instructor.

  150. What the papers are saying

    All may not be as it seems at Mercedes.

    The Daily Mail is reporting that the team's non executive chairman, Niki Lauda, and team principal Toto Wolff have fallen out, with Lauda possibly even quitting after Sunday's race.

    The Telegraph is also reporting something similar, saying that there is "no love lost" between Lauda and Wolff, with a split caused by the saga over engines for Red Bull.

  151. Friday recap

    A quick recap of Friday's practice. Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in FP1, with Nico Rosberg topping the timesheet in FP2. 

    There was, though, very little between the two. Hamilton had been fastest by 0.141 seconds in the first session, but Rosberg pipped the world champion by 0.138secs in the second session.

  152. Get involved

    #starsoftheseason

    With the final curtain soon to come down on 2015, we want to know who, or what, your star of the season has been?

    Let us know on Twitter via #starsoftheseason, text in on 81111 (UK only) or post your star on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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  154. Coming up

    The final practice of the season gets under way at 10:00 GMT, with live television coverage on BBC Two and this very page.

    Then, at 13:00, is this year's final qualifying session, and the build-up to that begins at 12:10 on BBC One.

  155. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    “One race to go, nothing apparently hanging on it, but Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are still busy scoring psychological points off each other. Well aware that the 2016 championship effectively started three races ago, they are playing mind games, and using the media to do it. After Hamilton’s claim following the last race in Brazil - and repeated here in Yas Marina - that ‘something had changed in the car since Singapore’ to make him less comfortable, it was Rosberg’s turn on Friday, pointing out his high-mileage engine will put him at a disadvantage this weekend.

    “Rosberg says it is ‘costing me straight-line speed’. Mercedes admit ‘there will be a difference’ but point out that the engine is within in its normal life and won the last two grands prix, and that it is ‘more a case of having fewer laps available in certain modes’. It should not have a significant effect on what looks like another close battle for pole, in other words.”

  156. Post update

    Formula 1

    In Formula 1, there is rarely time to relax.

    Lewis Hamilton may have ultimately won the title at a canter, but there will be a niggling concern about the way the season is ending.

    For someone who doesn't like losing, Hamilton has been second best to Nico Rosberg in qualifying in each of the last five grands prix. He certainly won't want to see that extended to six.

    There may be nothing at stake in terms of this season's championship, but the psychological battle for the 2016 title is well under way...