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12 Dec 2021

Despite the 2021 season finale race being truly controversial, it's what Formula 1 needed. To prove their point, the FIA stewards sent a strong message after the race.

Formula One stewards on Sunday dismissed two protests by Mercedes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, an outcome that upheld Red Bull's Max Verstappen as 2021 world champion.

This is a developing story...

12 Dec 2021

Mercedes have lodged two protests. 

12 Dec 2021

The first Ducthman to win a Formula 1 world title.

12 Dec 2021

Max wins his 10th race of the season.

12 Dec 2021

Lewis congrats Max.

12 Dec 2021

The Orange Army is in full force.

12 Dec 2021

Mercedes questions why only 5 cars were allowed to overtake the Safety Car, and not everyone else before the safety car ended.

12 Dec 2021

Toto Wolff is furious.

12 Dec 2021

Mercedes that the double world championship was coming their way. What a controversial end.

12 Dec 2021

Max is showing so much emotion. Lewis still sitting in his car. 

12 Dec 2021

Absolute drama. What a win as Max Verstappen wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2021 World Champion!

12 Dec 2021

Mercedes is furious.

12 Dec 2021

THEY GO WHEEL TO WHEEL!!! Max leads!!!

12 Dec 2021

No DRS!!

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen passes Lewis!!!!!!!!!

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton has advantage!!

12 Dec 2021

Lapped cars now told to overtake the safety car and Safety Car ending at the end of this lap.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton won't be ab le to get away as fast as what he will need. 

12 Dec 2021

We are on lap 56 of 58. Lapped cars will not be allowed to overtake. Max says he is not surprised.

12 Dec 2021

Lapped cars will not be allowed to overtake. Mercedes will be Constructor championship winner at the end of this race.

12 Dec 2021

Perez comes in to the pits again, he is retiring from the race. 

12 Dec 2021

The safety car is not going to pull gas on track, his tyres are cooling down fast.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton told Max will be behind right behind him when the track order is sorted, Max will be on fresh tyres and would have lost position if he had to pit.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton is not happy.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton will need to stay out to keep his position.

12 Dec 2021

Red Bull had nothing to lose with that pit stop.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton asked if he should box, he is told No.

12 Dec 2021

Max pits for softs.

12 Dec 2021

Safety car will have to come out!

12 Dec 2021

Nicolas Latifi just crashed on turn 14!!

12 Dec 2021

We are on lap 53 of 58.

12 Dec 2021

Looks like the tyre stop did not work out for Red Bull under the VSC.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton confused by the laps on his dash, also wondering how Max has closed the gap down to 12 seconds.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton needs to hold on here.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton needs to hold on here.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton needs to hold on here.
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Driver
Team
Time
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1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:26.618
1:30:17.345
58
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:29.330
2.256
58
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:28.879
5.173
58
4
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:27.954
5.692
58
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:28.344
6.531
58
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:30.479
7.463
58
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:26.762
59.200
58
8
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:27.607
61.708
58
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:28.249
64.026
58
10
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:29.557
66.057
58
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:28.303
67.527
58
12
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Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:29.480
1 LAP
57
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:32.389
1 LAP
57
14
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:31.021
1 LAP
57
R
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Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
RETIRED
32 LAPS
25
R
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George Russell
Williams
RETIRED
31 LAPS
26
R
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Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
RETIRED
24 LAPS
33
R
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
RETIRED
7 LAPS
50
R
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
RETIRED
2 LAPS
55

12 Dec 2021

Have a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and we'll see you soon.

12 Dec 2021

The sport will be returning with new cars and new driver lineups next year, and we'll be covering it all again.

12 Dec 2021

Just like Red Bull's partying, talk about that race and the FIA's decision will last long into the night, but all that's left to say here is thank you. To Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for giving us such a remarkable season, and to all of you for join

12 Dec 2021

It really is impossible to put into words just how incredible that season, that ending and those two drivers are.

12 Dec 2021

The final standings: Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Perez, Sainz, Norris, Leclerc, Ricciardo, Gasly, Alonso, Ocon, Vettel, Stroll, Tsunoda, Russell, Raikkonen, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Schumacher, Kubica, Mazepin.

12 Dec 2021

The full result: Verstappen, Hamilton, Sainz, Tsunoda, Gasly, Bottas, Norris, Alonso, Ocon, Leclerc, Vettel, Ricciardo, Stroll, Schumacher. Did not finish: Perez, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Russell, Raikkonen.

12 Dec 2021

Amidst all the chaos, Sainz quietly sneaked onto the podium.

12 Dec 2021

Toto Wolff is absolutely fuming with the FIA's decision to allow lapped cars between the two to overtake.

12 Dec 2021

Speechless. That is one of the greatest moments in the history of sport, let alone F1. Incredible.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen and his team wildy celebrate while Hamilton has only just gotten out of his car. He's absolutely heartbroken.

12 Dec 2021

Second for Hamilton in the race and the standings. He was leading both with a lap to go. Incredible.

12 Dec 2021

MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE 2021 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

12 Dec 2021

HAMILTON FIGHTS BACK BUT CAN'T GET AHEAD!

12 Dec 2021

VERSTAPPEN TAKES THE LEAD!!!

12 Dec 2021

We're back underway!

12 Dec 2021

The FIA have changed their mind and allowed the lapped cars to overtake! And the SC is coming in!

12 Dec 2021

Lapped cars won't be allowed to overtake under the Safety Car, meaning there will be a number of backmarkers between Hamilton and Verstappen. That's a massive advantage for the leader.

12 Dec 2021

Perez pulls into the pits to retire! What a massive shame.

12 Dec 2021

It would be a massive shame if this title fight ended under a Safety Car.

12 Dec 2021

If there is a restart, Verstappen will be much quicker and will surely take the lead. If not, the title is Hamilton's.

12 Dec 2021

The big question now is whether the track can be cleared in time for a restart. Only four laps to go.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen pits for fresh softs and Hamilton stays out.

12 Dec 2021

SAFETY CAR!! Latifi has crashed! That is huge!!

12 Dec 2021

He's indeed losing time himself with the gap back up to 11.9 seconds. It feels like this fight is over.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen is approaching the traffic that lost Hamilton some time.

12 Dec 2021

Norris pits after picking up a puncture. His tyres were a similar age to Hamilton's...

12 Dec 2021

Unless Hamilton's tyres go or there's a Safety Car, he'll win his eighth title in 10 laps.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton loses some time lapping Ocon, allowing the Dutchman to close the gap by a second.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen needs to be one second a lap faster than Hamilton now.

12 Dec 2021

He's about to lap four midfield cars that are fighting for position. This could be tricky...

12 Dec 2021

15 laps to go and things are looking good for Hamilton right now. His pace is good enough.

12 Dec 2021

At the moment, Verstappen isn't quite closing the gap enough to catch Hamilton by the end, but the leader's tyres will start to drop off...

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen is setting fastest laps every lap and has closed the gap to 15 seconds. This is going to be so tight.

12 Dec 2021

20 laps to go and Verstappen is already catching the leader. He needs to be eight tenths a lap faster.

12 Dec 2021

The VSC has ended and the gap is 18 seconds at the front. If Hamilton pits, he'll come out behind the Dutchman!

12 Dec 2021

Perez also does so, with both on new hards. It's very surprising that Hamilton stayed out.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen pits while Hamilton stays out! This just got interesting.

12 Dec 2021

A Virtual Safety Car has been brought out while the Alfa Romeo is cleared.

12 Dec 2021

Giovinazzi becomes the second Alfa Romeo to retire, due to a hydraulic issue. Not how he'd have wanted his time in F1 to end.

12 Dec 2021

Unless Verstappen is saving his tyres for later, it's hard to see how he can get back ahead of his rival.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton continues to set fastest laps and now leads by 5.2s.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen can now pit and stay in P2.

12 Dec 2021

Bottas was in P3 just ahead of Perez but has now made his first stop, rejoining in P9 behind Leclerc.

12 Dec 2021

Red Bull will definitely be thinking about switching to a two-stop race here. They just don't have the pace to beat Hamilton in a straight fight.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton: "It's a long way for these tyres."

12 Dec 2021

The Finn does but stops the car due to brake issues and retires from the race and the sport. What a career it was.

12 Dec 2021

Raikkonen has spun at Turn 6 and hit the wall, damaging his wing. He's going slowly now but should be able to make it back to the pits.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton is pulling away again at the front. The gap is up to 2.3s.

12 Dec 2021

The Mexican finally pits after a remarkable first stint and rejoins in P5.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen: "Checo is a legend."

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton finally gets past but Verstappen is only 1.3s behind him now!

12 Dec 2021

How is the Mexican doing this?!

12 Dec 2021

He does just that! The Brit gets ahead in the first DRS zone but the Mexican gets back ahead in the second! This is massive!

12 Dec 2021

Red Bull to Checo: "Hold up Lewis." The gap is just over a second.

12 Dec 2021

Perez is doing a mighty job of making those tyres last, and it could well bring his team-mate right back into the fight for the win.

12 Dec 2021

The Dutchman passes Sainz in the DRS zone but is eight seconds behind Hamilton now.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen goes wide at the final corner and loses some time.

12 Dec 2021

Perez meanwhile is staying out and is 9.5s ahead of Hamilton. If he can make his softs last, he could hold him up for his team-mate...

12 Dec 2021

The Mercedes man was expected to go a lot longer than the Dutchman on his first stint, so that's a bit of a surprise. His tyre advantage is now gone.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton now pits and comes out around five seconds ahead of Verstappen with Sainz between them.

12 Dec 2021

He passes the McLaren man straight away.

12 Dec 2021

He pits! The Dutchman puts on hard tyres and rejoins in P5 just behind Norris.

12 Dec 2021

Expect Verstappen to pit soon. He's really struggling now.

12 Dec 2021

Looking at replays, it's easy to see why Verstappen and Red Bull feel hard done by. He dived down the inside, got himself just ahead of Hamilton, stayed within track limits and yet ended up way behind as the Merc cut the corner.

12 Dec 2021

The Dutchman just can't keep up with the leader right now. Hamilton is setting purple lap after purple lap and leading by 4.2s.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen says his rears are starting to struggle. Pirelli expect softs to last around 15 laps.

12 Dec 2021

If you're wondering if the layout changes have made overtaking easy, Bottas is still stuck in P8 behind Tsunoda...

12 Dec 2021

The decision won't be changed now though, so Verstappen will have to find some pace. The gap is now 2.2s.

12 Dec 2021

Red Bull are complaining to Michael Masi a lot, with him stating Hamilton gave back the advantage he gained off-track and the team disagreeing.

12 Dec 2021

Christian Horner to Sky Sports F1: "It's a total lack of consistency."

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton is pulling away at the front now with the gap approaching two seconds.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen: "That is incredible. What are they doing here?"

12 Dec 2021

So, the Mercedes man leads by 1.5 seconds with Perez right behind his team-mate. Bottas meanwhile is down in P8 after a poor start. Hamilton will have to go it alone.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton feels he was forced off track and the stewards agree, with them deciding no investigation is necessary.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen dives down the inside and they touch with the Brit going off track to stay ahead! Will he have to give the place back?

12 Dec 2021

THEY TOUCH!

12 Dec 2021

And we're off! Hamilton flies off the line and takes the lead!!

12 Dec 2021

With the sun setting and the world watching, the formation lap is underway.

12 Dec 2021

Right then, here we go. The final chapter in one of Formula 1's greatest ever stories is about to unfold... Take your seats.

12 Dec 2021

It's being a bit overshadowed by the title fight, but today is Kimi Raikkonen's final race and it wouldn't be right not to mention that. What a legend he is, and the sport will miss him a lot. Don't expect too much emotion from him though...

12 Dec 2021

We've had the last national anthem of the year. Less than 15 minutes to go...

12 Dec 2021

What will be absolutely crucial is whether Hamilton can stay ahead of Norris and Perez at the start. With overtaking difficult here, even with the layout changes, he'll no doubt be held up if he drops back.

12 Dec 2021

It's also possible that Verstappen will do a two-stop race which would see him chasing Hamilton down towards the end. Wouldn't that be fun?

12 Dec 2021

Pirelli say a one-stop strategy is the fastest for both those starting on softs and mediums. If both title contenders opt for it, Hamilton will most likely pit later and therefore have fresher hard tyres towards the end...

12 Dec 2021

That means that they, along with Norris and Sainz, will probably be quicker off the line, but the mediums will stay good for longer.

12 Dec 2021

Just as big a point as the positions yesterday was the tyres, with the Red Bull pair starting on softs while the Mercs are on mediums.

12 Dec 2021

We only have 19 cars on said grid as Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for COVID-19.

12 Dec 2021

The full grid: Verstappen, Hamilton, Norris, Perez, Sainz, Bottas, Leclerc, Tsunoda, Ocon, Ricciardo, Alonso, Gasly, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Vettel, Latifi, Russell, Raikkonen, Schumacher.

12 Dec 2021

The fourth row consists of Charles Leclerc and Yuki Tsunoda, with Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 10.

12 Dec 2021

Hamilton's team-mate meanwhile is even further back, with Valtteri Bottas in P6 behind Carlos Sainz.

12 Dec 2021

Lando Norris starts in P3 after an excellent Saturday, just ahead of the other Red Bull, Sergio Perez.

12 Dec 2021

Verstappen starts on pole after an absolute stunner of a lap yesterday, with Hamilton alongside him in P2. Just as it should be...

12 Dec 2021

Here's how what the starting grid looks like for their showdown...

12 Dec 2021

The permutations are very simple: whichever one of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton scores more points today will become the 2021 World Champion. If neither score any points or both score two (one finishes in P9 and the other P10 with fastest lap), Verst

12 Dec 2021

So, one of the biggest F1 races of all time is less than an hour underway. How are the nerves?

12 Dec 2021

Welcome to the Yas Marina circuit for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:22.109
-
20
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:22.480
0.371
19
3
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:22.931
0.822
20
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:22.947
0.838
24
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:22.992
0.883
22
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:23.036
0.927
20
7
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:23.122
1.013
23
8
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:23.220
1.111
22
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:23.389
1.280
20
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:23.409
1.300
19
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:23.460
12
12
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:24.043
16
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:24.066
17
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:24.251
17
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:24.305
18
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:24.338
8
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:24.423
7
18
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:24.779
8
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:24.906
9
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:25.685
9
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:22.845
-
6
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:23.117
0.272
6
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:23.322
0.477
6
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:23.350
0.505
9
5
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:23.428
0.583
9
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:23.467
0.622
11
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:23.489
0.644
9
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:23.553
0.708
5
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:23.624
0.779
10
10
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:23.764
0.919
8
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:23.829
0.984
7
12
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:23.846
1.001
6
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:24.061
1.216
10
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:24.118
1.273
9
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:24.225
1.380
10
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:24.338
1.493
8
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:24.423
1.578
7
18
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:24.779
1.934
8
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:24.906
2.061
9
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:25.685
2.840
9

11 Dec 2021

At the front meanwhile, Hamilton takes P1 with Verstappen in P3, 0.477s down.

11 Dec 2021

so, Kimi goes out in Q1 in his last ever qualifying session, while Russell does the same in his final one for Williams.

11 Dec 2021

None of the others in the bottom five can improve though, meaning those out are: Latifi, Russell, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Mazepin.

11 Dec 2021

Stroll pushes Latifi down.

11 Dec 2021

The drop zone with a few laps left: Stroll, Russell, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Mazepin.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton and Bottas improve with Hamilton doing a 1:22.845 and Bottas 0.272s slower.

11 Dec 2021

They do just that and they go P6 and P10 respectively, with Leclerc the faster of the two.

11 Dec 2021

The Ferraris are in a bit of bother here, currently P11 and P12. They'll need to abandon Plan A and put on softs.

11 Dec 2021

Indeed it's not. We're back underway.

11 Dec 2021

So, the session has been paused with six minutes left. Don't expect this to be a long stoppage though.

11 Dec 2021

Red Flag! There's a big old bollard on the racing line, with Schumacher and Norris hitting it.

11 Dec 2021

Stroll moves himself out of the bottom five, pushing Kimi down.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen and Perez both improve, with the Dutchman splitting the Mercs, going 0.056s slower than Hamilton, and Perez moving up to P4.

11 Dec 2021

After the first laps, the bottom five is Stroll, Vettel, Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin.

11 Dec 2021

Bottas goes 0.101s slower than his team-mate.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton goes four tenths faster than Verstappen on his first lap. That's a big margin...

11 Dec 2021

Sainz and Leclerc go P5 and P7. Both are on mediums so are presumably saving softs for Q2.

11 Dec 2021

The AlphaTauris split the two Red Bulls.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen went wide on his lap and may well have his time deleted...

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen's first lap is a 1:23.680. Perez goes half a second slower.

11 Dec 2021

The Red Bulls head out early.

11 Dec 2021

Q1 is underway.

11 Dec 2021

Anybody else feeling really, really nervous? This feels like the start of race day, not Saturday... Anyway, five minutes to go, so if you have any errands to run beforehand, run them now.

11 Dec 2021

In FP3 this morning, Hamilton was fastest with Verstappen two tenths slower, while Perez and Bottas were both half a second off the Dutchman.

11 Dec 2021

That being said, we were saying the same thing in Saudi Arabia and Verstappen would've taken pole there if not for a final-corner crash. Never count the Dutchman out...

11 Dec 2021

Judging by the three practice sessions, Hamilton is the favourite to prevail today with his Mercedes looking stronger than the Red Bull in qualy mode.

11 Dec 2021

In case you've been living under a rock, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are level on points. Whoever scores more tomorrow will be the World Champion. And this is a circuit where overtaking is very difficult. So yeah, this is big.

11 Dec 2021

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the most important qualifying session in a long, long time. All times are local to Abu Dhabi.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:22.800
-
13
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:23.135
0.335
17
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:23.145
0.345
12
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:23.174
0.374
16
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:23.202
0.402
17
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:23.246
0.446
14
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:23.256
0.456
13
8
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:23.404
0.604
16
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:23.420
0.620
14
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:23.448
0.648
13
11
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:23.460
0.660
12
12
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:24.043
1.243
16
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:24.066
1.266
17
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:24.251
1.451
17
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:24.305
1.505
18

11 Dec 2021

Those out in Q2: Alonso, Gasly, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Vettel.

11 Dec 2021

Ricciardo improves to take P10 and knock Alonso out.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen takes P1 on softs. Both Red Bulls will start on that tyre!

11 Dec 2021

Gasly is out.

11 Dec 2021

Perez, also on softs, goes fastest.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton improves to take back P1 while Stroll can't is out.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen has headed out on softs...

11 Dec 2021

Everyone heading out for their final laps...

11 Dec 2021

The drop zone with four minutes left: Ricciardo, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Vettel, Gasly.

11 Dec 2021

All isn't well with the other Red Bull either. Checo is P10 after the first runs.

11 Dec 2021

This is a big call for Red Bull. Do they use up another fresh set of mediums and hope he can improve or hope the flat spot isn't too bad?

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen locks up and gets a flat spot on his mediums! Just to remind you, they're the set he'll have to start the race on unless he improves on another one.

11 Dec 2021

The Ferraris have softs on and go P1 and P4.

11 Dec 2021

Tsunoda has been in really excellent form this weekend. His first lap was a second faster than Gasly's.

11 Dec 2021

Perez's first lap isn't a good one with him in P6 behind Tsunoda and Norris, half a second off Hamilton's time.

11 Dec 2021

Bottas meanwhile is just 0.061s off his team-mate. Talk about tight...

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton does a 1:23.185 and Verstappen goes just 0.004s slower after a flying final sector!

11 Dec 2021

So too have the AlphaTauris, Norris and Giovinazzi. Softs for the rest.

11 Dec 2021

The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers have all opted for mediums.

11 Dec 2021

The big question for Q2 is which tyres teams will do their fast laps on. Whoever makes it to Q3 will have to start on those tyres, and whether the soft or medium is better to start on is very much debatable.
Qualifying 3
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:22.109
-
20
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:22.480
0.371
19
3
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:22.931
0.822
20
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:22.947
0.838
24
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:22.992
0.883
22
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:23.036
0.927
20
7
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:23.122
1.013
23
8
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:23.220
1.111
22
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:23.389
1.280
20
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:23.409
1.300
19

11 Dec 2021

It will get underway at 17:00 local time and our coverage will begin here an hour beforehand. Thanks for joining us today and see you then, it'll be a helluva ride...

11 Dec 2021

Well well well, what a race we have ahead of us. Verstappen starts in P1 on tyres that will probably be faster at the start, while Hamilton is alongside him on mediums that could well be the better compound later on.

11 Dec 2021

The full starting grid: Verstappen, Hamilton, Norris, Perez, Sainz, Bottas, Leclerc, Tsunoda, Ocon, Ricciardo, Alonso, Gasly, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Vettel, Latifi, Russell, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Mazepin.

11 Dec 2021

Instead, the Finn is in a Ferrari sandwich with Tsunoda, Ocon and Ricciardo completing the top 10.

11 Dec 2021

What a disaster of a session it was for Mercedes meanwhile with Hamilton behind Verstappen and Bottas not there to help him out.

11 Dec 2021

What a lap that was from Verstappen to take undoubtedly the most important pole of his career!

11 Dec 2021

Perez and Bottas can't go faster either and will start in P4 and P6 with Norris in P3!

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen doesn't improve but it doesn't matter! He's on pole!

11 Dec 2021

He goes 0.371 slower than the Dutchman!

11 Dec 2021

And 0.189s off Max in the second...

11 Dec 2021

The Brit is 0.049s slower in the first sector.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton will be the first across the line and Verstappen the last...

11 Dec 2021

They're all heading out now...

11 Dec 2021

So, Verstappen has provisional pole by half a second ahead of the final runs. This will have to be a mighty effort from Hamilton.

11 Dec 2021

Sainz and Leclerc are P5 and P6. Tsunoda was ahead of both and Bottas but had his time deleted.

11 Dec 2021

The Mexican then goes P3 on his own lap with worn softs. That's two tenths faster than Bottas who didn't help his team-mate. This is all going perfectly for Red Bull!

11 Dec 2021

That was a fantastic lap from Verstappen and fantastic work from Perez. He completely aborted his own lap to give the Dutchman a tow.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton goes half a second slower!

11 Dec 2021

He does and the Dutchman does a 1:22.109! That's a great lap!

11 Dec 2021

It looks like Perez will try to give Verstappen a tow here.

11 Dec 2021

Given Verstappen and Perez will probably be quicker off the line now, Hamilton really needs to take pole. Let's find out if he can; Q3 is underway.

11 Dec 2021

Well, the big story from Q2 is that both Red Bulls will start on the softs tomorrow and be on a different strategy to the Mercedes pair...
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:25.009
-
23
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:25.205
0.196
27
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:25.355
0.346
25
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:25.363
0.354
24
5
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:25.378
0.369
23
6
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:25.625
0.616
26
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:25.822
0.813
28
8
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:25.846
0.837
20
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:25.886
0.877
26
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:26.007
0.998
26
11
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:26.025
1.016
25
11
Nationality
null
null
1:31.243
4.095
4
12
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:26.123
1.114
26
13
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:26.189
1.180
25
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:26.409
1.400
25
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:26.608
1.599
26
16
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:26.676
1.667
29
17
Nationality
Jack Aitken
Williams
1:27.481
2.472
27
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:27.487
2.478
27
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:27.698
2.689
24
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:28.305
3.296
22

10 Dec 2021

The session will begin in just over two hours time, so we'll see you back here then! Thanks.

10 Dec 2021

As is always the case though, FP2 will be more important and will tell us more given that it will take place in more similar conditions to qualifying and the race.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen tops it, two tenths ahead of Bottas, but Hamilton went less than a tenth slower than the Dutchman himself with his deleted lap. Basically, it's tight.

10 Dec 2021

The first session of the weekend is over.

10 Dec 2021

Behind the front two teams, Alpine and AlphaTauri are currently fastest with Aloonso in P6 behind Tsunoda and ahead of Gasly.

10 Dec 2021

It's been a good session for Jack Aitken standing in for Russell at Williams. He's just ahead of Nicholas Latifi.

10 Dec 2021

Everyone towards the front has used their available softs for the session now, so expect the timesheet to remain as it is.

10 Dec 2021

The Brit's lap is deleetd for track limits though, dropping him down to P3 behind Bottas.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton once again closes the gap, this time to 0.33s. He was faster in the first and third sectors but Verstappen had a lot more pace in the second.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen opens that gap up again to 0.346s straight after. Very encouraging signs for Red Bull...

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton heads back out and goes within 0.55s of his title rival.

10 Dec 2021

Our first yellow flag of the weekend comes courtesy of a spinning Kimi Raikkonen in what is his final ever race weekend. Something tells me he won't miss the practice sessions too much...

10 Dec 2021

The track is a bit quieter now with most heading back into the pits at the halfway point of the session.

10 Dec 2021

These soft tyres are holding up pretty well, with the times continuing to drop.

10 Dec 2021

The Finn finally gets a clean lap in the bag, and it puts him P4, a tenth down on Perez.

10 Dec 2021

Bottas is having a very scruffy start to the day, going off at various places.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton improves himself, going 0.218s slower than the Dutchman and moving up to P2.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen quickly takes P1 back, doing a 1:25.602, while Perez goes P4, just behind Hamilton.

10 Dec 2021

Alonso goes top with a 1:26.271. Both title contenders will be praying they avoid the fate he suffered here in 2010...

10 Dec 2021

A number of drivers have already had times deleted for exceeding track limits at the final corner...

10 Dec 2021

The early lap times here are 10 seconds faster than last year's.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton does a 1:26.290.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen's first time is a 1:26.463.

10 Dec 2021

Everyone is heading out immediately, with all three tyre compounds being used. The frontrunners all have softs fitted.

10 Dec 2021

Right then, let's get to it. FP1 is underway.

10 Dec 2021

Even with such changes though, track position is still likely to be hugely important here, so teams will no doubt be working a lot on their qualifying pace in practice.

10 Dec 2021

Specifically, the chicanes in Sector 1 have been removed while sweeping right-handers that followed have been opened up. All of that will lead to a much faster lap, and more overtaking opportunities...

10 Dec 2021

Just who that will be is anybody's guess right now. Mercedes have had the fastest car in recent times and have dominated in Abu Dhabi in the hybrid era, but Verstappen did win here last year, while the track layout is very different...

10 Dec 2021

As you'll be well aware of by now, unless you're living under a rock, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton enter it level on points. Simply put, the winner takes it all.

10 Dec 2021

The first session of what is the biggest race weekend in a long, long time is 25 minutes away.

10 Dec 2021

Welcome to the Yas Marina circuit for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:23.691
-
26
2
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:24.034
0.343
29
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:24.083
0.392
29
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:24.332
0.641
25
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:24.400
0.709
26
6
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:25.333
0.804
27
7
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:24.532
0.841
26
8
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:24.557
0.866
29
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:24.844
1.153
29
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:24.940
1.249
27
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:24.959
1.268
26
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:25.108
1.417
27
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:25.153
1.462
27
14
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:25.195
1.504
27
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:25.385
1.694
26
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:25.440
1.749
23
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:25.549
1.858
29
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:25.687
1.996
22
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:25.784
2.093
27
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:26.336
2.645
26

10 Dec 2021

We do, of course, have one practice session ahead of us before qualifying tomorrow, and it will begin at 14:00 local time. Thanks for joining us today and see you then!

10 Dec 2021

Basically, neither team looks set to dominate the business end of the weekend, which is just how we like it.

10 Dec 2021

While Mercedes look faster in terms of qualy pace though, Verstappen and Perez were quickest on longer runs...

10 Dec 2021

It came right at the end of the session so caused no disruption, with Hamilton ending the day on top ahead of Ocon and Bottas.

10 Dec 2021

In his last ever FP2, the Finn's hit the wall hard at Turn 14 with his car in a bad way. Thankfully, he's fine.

10 Dec 2021

Red Flag! Kimi has crashed right at the end of the session!

10 Dec 2021

Perez's pace is specifically three tenths faster than Hamilton's, with the two on similarly aged mediums. Encouraging signs for Red Bull.

10 Dec 2021

While Verstappen's race pace advantage over the Mercs can be explained by the fact that he's on a faster tyre, Perez is on mediums and also looking good...

10 Dec 2021

It's interesting that Verstappen is doing such a long run on this compound. Is he planning to start on it? Are Red Bull expecting a two-stop race? The usual strategy here is medium-hard.

10 Dec 2021

The Dutchman's race pace looks pretty good right now, as does the soft tyre which is holding up well.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen is going long on softs, and his current pace is a few tenths faster than the Mercedes pairs', with them on mediums.

10 Dec 2021

That may well be that when it comes to movement on the timesheets, with most sticking on mediums and doing race simulation runs now.

10 Dec 2021

Given his softs are six laps old, that's a quick time from the Brit.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton improves by a big margin, going top by three tenths with a 1:23.691.

10 Dec 2021

Mercedes and Red Bull most likely won't be running their engines at full capacity to save them for the business end of the weekend, so we could be going into qualifying pretty blind.

10 Dec 2021

Bottas locks up and goes off again. He's having a bit of a scruffy session.

10 Dec 2021

Ocon goes faster than all of them. That suggests Red Bull and Mercedes are both holding something back...

10 Dec 2021

After their first runs on softs, Hamilton and Verstappen are split by two tenths, with the Mercedes in P2 just behind his team-mate.

10 Dec 2021

Most drivers are sticking softs on now and Alonso goes P2 on them.

10 Dec 2021

With temperatures dropping as the sun sets, expect lap times to do the same.

10 Dec 2021

Bottas is the closest man to him now, a tenth off.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton responds by going almost a second clear again, doing a 1:24.126.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen once again takes P2, going 0.122s slower than his title rival. It looks like this time will stand.

10 Dec 2021

Yellow flags as Latifi goes backwards into the wall, damaging his rear wing.

10 Dec 2021

Alpine looked to be the fastest midfield team this morning and they've made a good start to this session too with Ocon going P2.

10 Dec 2021

Bottas loses the rear end and clips the barriers with his back wheels.

10 Dec 2021

The Dutchman has his time deleted for track limits. There's a lot of that going around...

10 Dec 2021

Both of them improve on their second laps, with Hamilton doing a 1:24.943 and Verstappen 0.046s off him. That's what we like to see.

10 Dec 2021

Verstappen goes half a second slower.

10 Dec 2021

Hamilton sets the early pace with a 1:25.127.

10 Dec 2021

The vast majority of the drivers, including the frontrunners, have started on mediums.

10 Dec 2021

Everyone except Daniel Ricciardo is out of the pits already.

10 Dec 2021

FP2 is underway.

10 Dec 2021

As is usually the case though, we'll get a better indication of how things stand in this session given it takes place in more similar conditions to the important ones.

10 Dec 2021

In fact, there was precious little between the top two teams throughout the morning with Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez also closely matched.

10 Dec 2021

While Lewis Hamilton finishes it in P3, three tenths down, though, his fastest lap was actually less than a tenth slower than his rival's but was deleted for exceeding track limits.

10 Dec 2021

In what is one of the most important race weekends in the sport's history, Max Verstappen drew first blood this morning, topping FP1.

10 Dec 2021

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second practice session of the season's final race weekend!
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:23.274
-
23
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:23.488
0.214
23
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:24.025
0.751
21
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:24.047
0.773
21
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:24.106
0.832
17
6
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:24.223
0.949
22
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:24.251
0.977
22
8
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:24.595
1.321
20
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:24.733
1.459
16
10
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:24.758
1.484
21
11
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:24.821
1.547
22
12
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:24.834
1.560
18
13
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:25.037
1.763
23
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:25.048
1.774
18
15
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:25.094
1.820
19
16
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:25.115
1.841
25
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:25.220
1.946
22
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:25.322
2.048
19
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:25.340
2.066
18
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:26.332
3.058
19

11 Dec 2021

The final qualifying session of the season will begin in just under two hours, so we'll see you then. It's a biggie.

11 Dec 2021

Further back, there seems to be very little between the top four midfield teams. We could have quite the scrap for the final Q3 spots.

11 Dec 2021

That being said, the cooler temperatures could favour Red Bull, and it's never wise to count the Dutchman out...

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton tops it comfortably, but Verstappen did at least get within two tenths. Right now though, the Brit is the big favourite for qualifying.

11 Dec 2021

And with that, practice for the 2021 season is over.

11 Dec 2021

That's more like it from Perez. He improves to go P4, 0.022s off Bottas.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen does a green first sector before losing it at Turn 9 and aborting.

11 Dec 2021

The Mexican is currently behind Norris and the AlphaTauris. Red Bull can't afford for him to be that low on the starting grid really.

11 Dec 2021

Perez improves in the first two sectors but loses time in the third, meaning his time is eight tenths slower than his team-mates.

11 Dec 2021

Signs of life for Red Bull! Verstappen goes P2, 0.214s down on Hamilton, after setting a purple final sector.

11 Dec 2021

Checo improves to go above Sainz and into P4 behind Tsunoda, who is looking very good here.

11 Dec 2021

Perez and Verstappen have finally bolted on softs. What can they do?

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton is having some issues with his rears, overheating them on longer runs.

11 Dec 2021

Sainz yesterday said that he didn't feel at home in his car, but things look to be going better today. He's just gone P3 on fresh mediums.

11 Dec 2021

To make matters worse, Red Bull's rear wing issues look to be back with work being done on Verstappen's. This isn't the ideal morning for the Dutchman and co.

11 Dec 2021

Red Bull have only put their drivers on mediums so far today, but that pace from Hamilton will surely be worrying them. After all, he's on old softs himself, not fresh ones.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton returns to the top and by quite some margin, with him going 0.751s faster than Bottas. It wasn't the perfect lap either.

11 Dec 2021

The Mexican improves by just over a tenth while Hamilton's team-mate takes P1 with a 1:24.025.

11 Dec 2021

The Red Bull pair meanwhile are both seven-tenths down on the mediums. The team will be encouraged that Checo is matching Verstappen.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton's pace is looking very good on these softs with the Brit improving by a couple of tenths.

11 Dec 2021

The majority of the field is running the hard compound at the moment. Expect some more qualy runs soon.

11 Dec 2021

Hamilton goes top with a 1:24.241.

11 Dec 2021

After a lap or two on hards, the Mercedes pair have put on the soft tyre.

11 Dec 2021

Only half of the field out on track at the moment, with all of them focusing on race pace.

11 Dec 2021

The Dutchman gets the ball rolling with a 1:24.997.

11 Dec 2021

Verstappen heads of straight away on mediums while Hamilton is on hards.

11 Dec 2021

FP3 is underway.

11 Dec 2021

The main focus this morning could well be longer runs though with it unclear whether a one or two-stop race is the best strategy on the new track layout. Expect to see plenty of drivers going long on softs.

11 Dec 2021

That being said, Max Verstappen trailed the Mercs in practice last time out in Saudi Arabia before being the fastest car in qualifying...

11 Dec 2021

Mercedes head into looking to have the fastest qualifying pace going by yesterday's two practice sessions, but Red Bull looked stronger on the long runs.

11 Dec 2021

With the two title rivals level on points, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say qualifying later could be one of the most important ones ever. Given that, it's vital that both teams have a productive morning.

11 Dec 2021

Hello and welcome to the final practice session of the 2021 season finale here in Abu Dhabi! All times are local.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Race Track
Race Date:

12 Dec

Length:
305.355 km
Lap Record:
Sebastian Vettel (2014) - 1:40.279
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
3
Lando Norris
McLaren
4
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
5
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
6
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
7
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
8
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
9
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
10
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
11
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
12
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
13
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
14
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
15
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
16
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
17
George Russell
Williams
18
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
19
Mick Schumacher
Haas
20
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time
Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
0
2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
0
3
Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing
0
4
Sergio Perez Red Bull
0
5
Carlos Sainz Ferrari
0
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
0
2
Red Bull
0
3
Ferrari
0
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium