Lap 11/55: The highest 4 all pitted there actually, as did round half the race, and now the total security automotive is out as they’ve not been in a position to shift Perez’s automotive off the monitor. There’s additionally a suspicion of oil on the monitor.
Verstappen and Bottas each go for an early pit cease, and Hamilton joins them, shifting to medium compounds
Perez out of the race!
Lap 10/55: Mechanical hassle for Perez, the winner of the final race, who splutters to a halt in his final race for Racing Level. He seems to be devastated, if his gestures are owt to go by. Verstappen nonetheless leads.
Lap 9/55: A daring transfer by Gasly on Kvyatt down the again straight is rewarded and places Gasly as much as eighth.
Lap 8/55: Hamilton has closed the hole somewhat on Bottas, it’s now round 4 seconds. Stroll strikes up into seventh.
Lap 7/55 A much less eventful lap so right here’s how they stand: 1 Verstappen 2 Bottas 3 Hamilton 4 Albon 5 Norris 6 Sainz 7 Kvyatt 8 Stroll 9 Gasly 10 Ricciardo
Lap 6/55: Pink Bull look to have an influence benefit right here, although there’s a protracted strategy to go but. On the again, Russell has been overtaken by Perez as Albon strikes into fourth in that intriguing battle with Norris.
Lap 5/55: Verstappen hasn’t put a foot unsuitable thus far, having bought away properly at the beginning, established a wholesome lead down the straight and saved his pursuers at an honest distance. He leads by 2.5sec now
Lap 4/55: Norris and Albon is the closest battle up the highest of the race thus far, with the previous maintaing a lead of round a second in fourth place.
Lap 3/55: Verstappen set an early quickest race lap on the second there, and is travelling properly. He has simply over two seconds on Bottas with Hamilton nonetheless third.
Lap 2/55: Magnusson and Russell transfer up on the again, to seventeenth and sixteenth respectively, whereas Gasly overhauls Ocon in ninth. Fairly a little bit of early overtaking motion for this troublesome monitor.
Lap 1/55: Verstappen handles that begin properly and will get a ways on the again straight; Bottas struggled initially however holds second. Vettel passes Leclerc additional again.
Lights out and away we go!
Verstappen holds the lead on the first flip
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The entrance three drivers are all beginning on the medium tyres – we’re a one-stop race for many as we speak.
Some pre-race chat from Verstappen: “We a very good lap yesterday and it’s good to be on pole and now we want an excellent race. I really feel assured, I hope we will have a clear begin and have a little bit of enjoyable on the market.”
After which Hamilton: “I’m undoubtedly feeling higher as we speak than I’ve finished. It’s been an unimaginable yr and season for us as a crew, and I really feel fairly chilled proper now.” After all he does
Knee-taking and anti-racism gestures accomplished earlier than anthem-time in Abu Dhabi with the solar starting to set.
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Immediately additionally sees Sebastian Vettel’s final drive for Ferrari, for whom he received 14 GPs. “It will likely be emotional,” stated the four-time world champion. “Particularly with the mechanics, the blokes within the storage. Clearly, by way of outcomes, it’s not likely a excessive. So I’m trying ahead to seeing the chequered flag.” Ferrari’s struggles have continued this season and so they had been off the tempo once more yesrterday, and Vettel’s again in thirteenth at the beginning, one behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.
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How they line up on the grid:
1 Max Verstappen, Pink Bull 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 3 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 4 Lando Norris, McLaren 5 Alexander Albon, Pink Bull 6 Carlos Sainz, McLaren 7 Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri 8 Lance Stroll, Racing Level 9 Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri 10 Esteban Ocon, Renault 11 Daniel Ricciardo, Renault 12 Charles Leclerc, Ferrari 13 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 14 Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo 15 Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo 16 George Russell, Williams 17 Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas 18 Nicholas Latifi, Williams 19 Sergio Perez, Racing Level 20 Kevin Magnussen, Haas
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Afternoon everybody. Solely as soon as up to now eight years has the ultimate grand prix of the season had the drivers’ title driving on it, when Nico Rosberg held off Lewis Hamilton to clinch the championship in 2016, all of which has tended to present the Abu Dhabi race a slight Oval-Ashes-Take a look at-in-the-90s vibe to it, a near-perpetual useless rubber. Such is the Hamilton supremacy, which appears to grow to be extra entrenched by the yr, that the vacation spot of the world title has of late been comfortably decided by this level.
However that doesn’t imply we don’t have a race price watching this afternoon. Max Verstappen stealing by means of for pole yesterday offers us engaging trying entrance of the grid and lifted the hopes of Pink Bull and Verstappen of a second race win of the season so as to add to their success within the seventieth anniversary GP at Silverstone in August. And final week’s race, with its first-ever win for Sergio Perez and its foiled heroics of George Russell, was form of enjoyable too.
Hamilton in the meantime has ascended new heights on this strangest of years, and although he’ll have post-Covid grogginess to cope with as we speak, you may’t rule something out from him after a yr during which he has transcended his sport, on and off the monitor, to the extent that even many non-petrolheads wouldn’t begrudge him a Sports activities Character of the 12 months award subsequent week.
Lights out 1.10pm!