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By Michael Emons

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that is the end for today's live page. Have loved all your suggestions for best, worst and most bizarre moments of the season so thank you for that.

    We will all be back at 11:30 GMT on Sunday for all the build-up to the race, which starts at 13:00 GMT. Hope you can join us for what is hopefully a fantastic finale to the season. Bye for now.

  2. Bottas beats Hamilton to Abu Dhabi pole

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Yas Marina


    Valtteri Bottas beat world champion Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    The Finn was 0.172 seconds quicker than Hamilton as the two Mercedes dominated qualifying - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 0.546s off the pace in third.

    Bottas set the pace on the first runs, but Hamilton appeared set to displace him only to lose out in the final part of his last lap and fail to improve.

    Hamilton wrapped up his fourth world drivers' title in Mexico last month. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo pipped Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to take fourth place.

    Sunday's race is live on BBC radio 5 live sports extra with commentary at 13:00 GMT.

  3. How to beat Hamilton to the title - by the man who did last year

    In case you have not seen this, it is well worth a watch.

    Last year's F1 champion Nico Rosberg is the only team-mate to beat Lewis Hamilton in a title battle. He tells BBC Sport what it took to get the better of his great rival.

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    Video caption: Nico Rosberg: How to beat Lewis Hamilton to the title
  4. 'A struggle'

    Kimi Raikkonen is fifth on the grid. Unsurprisingly, he is not too excited. He tells Sky Sports: "I had a good feeling with the car, but it was a struggle to make the tyres work.

    "Too many slips and slides and I was throwing away the lap here and there."

  5. Post update

    Esteban Ocon, will start ninth, but wanted to be further up the grid.

    He tells Sky Sports: "It annoys me as I had the pace to go P7 for different reasons we are not there. Tomorrow I can do a good job and get the start on them."

    Esteban Ocon
  6. 'Valtteri had a mega lap'

    Some quotes from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who starts third.

    He says: "I'm getting better, I think Valtteri always had the edge here in qualifying. It was a good session, it's a bit of a shame to be that far back but tomorrow is the race day so maybe we can get a bit closer.

    "Valtteri had a mega lap, so congratulations to him. It should be a fun race, overtaking is not straightforward but not impossible here, so let's see."

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  7. The bottom 10 times

    And these are the bottom 10 times. Brendon Hartley is the slowest, although with a 10-place grid penalty he was always likely to be starting at the back.

    Toro Rosso have had a disastrous weekend and could still go from sixth in the constructors' at the moment down to eighth by the end of the Sunday.

    Bottom 10
  8. The top 10 times

    These are the times for the top 10. Good news for Nico Hulkenberg as he starts seventh with Renualt hoping to move above Toro Rosso and take the additional money on offer for coming sixth in the constructors' championship.

    Top 10
  9. Hamilton 'pleased' for Bottas

    Lewis Hamilton, who starts second tomorrow, is quick to praise his team-mate Valtteri Bottas for earning his fourth pole position of the season.

    "What a lap," said Hamilton. "He had an incredible qualifying session and congratulations to him. We have a great crowd here today and I gave everything. I think I lost a little bit of pace going into qualifying but Valtteri did great. I’m really pleased for him."

    On running off a bit on the straights, Hamilton added: "I think I was up a little bit on turn one but then I lost it on turn five or six, otherwise it’s been an incredible year of qualifying and one I’ve really enjoyed.

    "It’s great to see so many British flags here and people here today, I appreciate it."

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  10. Get Involved


    Josh Earl‏: Hamilton gave absolutely everything and still couldn't get close to that lap, absolutely outstanding from Bottas, well deserved.

    Kayleigh: Brilliant Bottas! Taking the final pole of the season. Let’s make it into a win tomorrow please.

    Phil Slocombe: Bottas driving for pride after missing out on a win in Brazil when he could not get off the line cleanly; Go 77.

  11. 'I felt good in the car'

    Time to hear from the people involved.

    Valtteri Bottas, who has the pole position, said: "Family support is always nice, today things were getting better and better in the practice session and it was all under control and I felt good in the car.

    "I'm really happy. I was so gutted in Brazil in the last race to be on pole and missing out on the win. I have a clear target for tomorrow."

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  12. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator at Yas Marinas

    Hamilton lost all in last sector, that bit of the track when he has been strong all weekend but he has let it slip when it all mattered.

    What a confident boost this is for Valtteri Bottas.

    Formula 1
  13. BreakingBottas takes pole position

    Lewis Hamilton was ahead after the first sector, but he can't build on that and Valtteri Bottas is on pole position, with world champion Hamilton in second.

    Sebastian Vettel is third, with Daniel Ricciardo also on the second row after a fine late lap. Kimi Raikkonen is fifth.

    Max Verstappen is sixth, with Nico Hulkenberg in seventh. Sergio Perez edges out his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon, with Felipe Massa in 10th.

    Formula 1
  14. 'Bottas needs to be more consistent'

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator at Yas Marinas

    Bottas could do with some momentum to carry over the winter. Toto Wolff said it has been a mixed year for him.

    He's had some highs but also some lows. He needs to become more consistent. It would be good if he can put one over Hamilton here. If he can, he'll be happy.

  15. Rosberg watching on

    Wonder if Nico Rosberg is missing being out there on the track?

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  16. 'Controlled'

    Mark Gallagher

    Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Yas Marina

    A good, aggressive controlled lap by Valtteri Bottas.

  17. Post update

    Fifth so far is Max Verstappen, then comes Daniel Ricciardo in sixth and Nico Hulkenberg in seventh, before Ocon in eighth, Perez in ninth and Massa in 10th.

    Max Verstappen
  18. Is that good enough for pole for Bottas?

    Valtteri Bottas with an early lead of 1:36.231 - the fastest ever at this track. Hamilton second more than a tenth of a second behind. Vettel third, Raikkonen fourth.

    Valtteri Bottas
  19. Ready for the shootout

    And now comes the final 12 minutes. Who will start the last race of the season in pole position?

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