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Live Reporting

Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

  1. Too close to call


    Max Verstappen fastest in first practice and Lewis Hamilton quickest in second. After a season of very little between them did we expect anything else on the first day of the final race weekend?

    Tomorrow, however, is when things should really hot up as qualifying takes place.

    First there's one final session of practice at 10am and we'll be back with build up from 09:30. See you then.

  2. Get in the mood for the title decider

    There's plenty of reading material to get you revved up for the finale. Check them out below.

  3. Post update

    Andrew Benson's report on second practice is up and you can have a read here.

  4. FP2 full result

  5. Post update

    Jack Nicholls

    BBC Radio 5 Live F1 commentator

    I think it is too close to call.

  6. Post update

    Huge cheers for Kimi Raikkonen as he hops out of the medical car and walks into his garage while his Alfa Romeo is lifted off the track.

  7. 'Mercedes a bit stronger'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver

    Mercedes are a little bit stronger at the moment, they looked it in that session. Both cars very quick over one lap.

    On the face of it, Mercedes are looking OK. My emotions are excitement and I don't think we have seen a real knockout blow from either.

  8. FP2 top 10

    1) Hamilton

    2) Ocon

    3) Bottas

    4) Verstappen

    5) Perez

    6) Alonso

    7) Tsunoda

    8) Leclerc

    9) Sainz

    10) Gasly

  9. BreakingChequered flag

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

  10. Crash!

    Right at the end of the session and Kimi Raikkonen has crashed into the wall at Turn 14 pretty heavily.

    He's out of the car and OK but there's a lot of damage to his car.

    View more on twitter
  11. Post update

    Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are both on the same compound now, with Verstappen averaging 1:28.1 and Hamilton 1:28.6.

  12. Post update

    Max Verstappen has slapped on a set of mediums for the final three minutes of the session.

  13. Get involved


    Jeremiah Kariuki: The race pace simulations by both Red Bulls and Mercedes, either there is sandbagging or there are mind games going on.

    Simon Baker: Although the average speed per lap is far quicker than before, I have to say that I'm sceptical with how good the racing will actually be, taking aside the tension Hamilton & Verstappen will be feeling

  14. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is looking for his sixth win in Abu Dhabi although he didn't win it last year.

    Instead, victory went to Max Verstappen as Mercedes couldn't get close.

    Hamilton is currently five laps into his long run on mediums. Verstappen, meanwhile has been doing his race sim run on soft tyres.

  15. Post update

    So as we head into long run territory this is the top 10 after qualifying runs:

    1) Hamilton

    2) Ocon

    3) Bottas

    4) Verstappen

    5) Perez

    6) Alonso

    7) Tsunoda

    8) Leclerc

    9) Sainz

    10) Gasly

  16. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas has finished his soft tyre run and is back out now on the mediums, as his Fernando Alonso, who had a flurry of lap times deleted earlier for exceeding track limits.

  17. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton has another go and he goes fastest of all with a 1:23.691, three tenths quicker than Esteban Ocon and six tenths quicker than title rival Max Verstappen.

  18. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton starts a flying lap then backs out of it after a lock up.