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Live Reporting

By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you next year

    Well that's that then. What a season that was.

    Since we couldn't get the original footage of Toto Wolff's best Terminator impression due to boring rights issues, we made our own.

    This is the final time I can grace you with my words in a live text format this year - with the help of my lovely colleague Mike Whalley today.

    We're currently debating journalist of the season.

    Niamh Lewis and Mike Whalley, out.


    Toto Wolff
  2. Listen: Chequered Flag podcast

    The Chequered Flag podcast is up and running right now, with the three Js - Jennie Gow, Jack Nicholls and Jolyon Palmer - reacting to the season's finale.

  3. Lewis Hamilton ends season with Abu Dhabi win

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to end the season in which he clinched his fifth world championship on a high.

    It was the 11th victory of the year for Hamilton, who dominated the race with a controlled drive.

    Hamilton performed 'doughnuts' after crossing the line, before himself and former title rival Sebastian Vettel flanked the retiring two-time world champion Fernando Alonso - before all three performed more doughnuts on the start-finish straight.

    The three drivers hold 11 of some of the most recent world championships won in a golden era for driving talent in the sport.

    Read the full report here.

  4. Your driver of the day is...

    But Andrew Benson crowns Max Verstappen as driver of the day.

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  5. Hamilton most successful in Abu Dhabi

    Mercedes have won the past five Abu Dhabi grands prix, all in the turbo-hybrid era (from 2014 onwards)

    Hamilton is the most successful in Abu Dhabi now with four race wins, ahead of Sebastian Vettel's three.

    abu dhabi winners
  6. "Proper headache." Kevin Magnussen looks like he needs a break

    abu dhabi
  7. Post update

    We had best start wrapping it up for the season now then...

  8. Listen: Moving speech or voicemail message?

    Relive the moment when Red Bull team principal Christian Horner gives his farewell speech to Daniel Ricciardo, and BBC Radio 5 live's Jolyon Palmer compares it to a voicemail message.

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    Video caption: Christian Horner pays tribute to Daniel Ricciardo following his final race for Red Bull.
  9. Everyone loves a doughnut...

  10. Get Involved


    Kayleigh: Well #BBCF1 gang it’s been an absolute pleasure! We’ve cheered, we’ve been frustrated- it’s been incredible! 110 days isn’t that long to wait, and we’ll catch up for testing before the season starts properly. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store! This kid loves ya.

    Inge:@lewis_niamh@michaelwhalley Many, many thanks for your work. Hope that we will be able to read your F1 commentary next year as well. May it be a better year for all!

    Daniel Eckersley: Thanks and congrats guys, really enjoyed the coverage this year - Jolyon in particular has been an inspired addition to the team. Having great radio coverage helps mitigate the sad loss of FTA TV coverage in the UK going forward.

    Chris Doherty: So now the season is over what am I supposed to do till Australia......all advice welcome

  11. Listen: Hamilton finishes 2018 with a win

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    Video caption: Lewis Hamilton takes his 11th victory of the 2018 Formula 1 season
  12. Why Hamilton went topless

    Now, Lewis Hamilton, what was all that business about going topless at the end of the race? Well, it was all to do with Still I Rise, the Maya Angelou poem he has tattooed on his back.

    "I took my shirt off because I wanted to show people Still I Rise," he tells Sky Sports. "I really would encourage people to look it up if they don't know it.

    "It's a poem for anyone stumbling and falling. Look at Billy Monger. He's been through a difficult time and he's comeback stronger. I've tried to be as big a spokesman as I can be for that poem."

  13. 'It's been a mentally tough year so I need some break'

    A very broken looking Valtteri Bottas speaking to Sky Sports, says: "I had a lock up into Turn five and in Turn eight when Max got close. I don't know why really, the team said they could see some issue but I don't know what and then I touched with Max and there was a slow puncture and in the end... that was it really.

    [Quaestion] How do you feel about the whole season?

    Bottas says: "Honestly you're asking that too early after the end of the year. I want to have some time off and time to think about things. It's been a mentally tough year so I need some break. Thankyou."

  14. 'I've understood myself better as I've gone on'

    Race winner Lewis Hamilton is feeling philosophical as he speaks to Sky Sports and is asked about continuing his domination of the sport in 2019.

    He says: "I've not really thought a lot about next year. There are days, just being human, you can wish days by. But then I don't want to wish the time away because it goes really quick.

    "I wanted to end the season strong, and on a personal level I was able to do that. And the team have done an exceptional job. I wanted to end the way that I plan to start next year. It was a strong weekend that I was really happy with.

    "I don't think it's been a year particularly of one thing that's been learned. I've understood myself better as I've gone on. As you make mistakes, you learn from them.

    "I've been able to be a better me all year long, and I'm never going to stop trying yo do that. I've loved every minute of driving today. Apart from the tyres not being that good, I've really enjoyed driving the car."