Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Formula 1 — live!

12.37pm GMT

Away from Alonso, Lewis Hamilton is determined to finish the season with a bang, having previously been accused of losing focus after sealing the title. This year is the first he has won a race after wrapping up the championship in Mexico City. With overtaking in Abu Dhabi tricky, Hamilton, from pole, is perfectly placed to close a fine year with his 11th victory of the season. “I don’t think it was because I couldn’t do it in the past, I just didn’t do the job,” Hamilton says. “I think this year it was being in a different place in my life. I do want to continue to push the limits, push the boundaries, and I want to finish the season on a solid high if I can so that I can really continue to keep that foundation as strong as it has been this year, so I can use that to start on next year.”

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12.18pm GMT

1 Hamilton 2 Bottas
3 Vettel 4 Räikkönen
5 Ricciardo 6 Verstappen
7 Grosjean 8 Leclerc
9 Ocon 10 Hülkenberg
11 Sainz 12 Ericsson
13 Magnussen 14 Pérez
15 Alonso 16 Hartley
17 Gasly 18 Vandoorne
19 Sirotkin 20 Stroll

12.00pm GMT

This is the last hurrah, the final chunk of the procession as the curtain comes down on another extraordinary season. Things finish as they started, with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes sat on pole, though the world champion was ultimately upstaged by Sebastian Vettel on the first day of the race calendar. It is two weeks since Hamilton snatched victory in Brazil owing to Max Verstappen’s clash with back marker Sebastian Ocon, which was soured by a shove in the paddock. But as Hamilton bows out after a championship-winning season for him and his team, this will prove a different kind of farewell for Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard’s car has been painted in a colourful one-off livery, including a nod to his region of Asturias, and the two-time champion will also be wearing a special helmet to mark the occasion. The drivers will provide a fitting guard of honour as Alonso heads to the grid for one last time. All in all, it’s sure to be an emotional few hours in Abu Dhabi.

Lights out: 1.10pm (GMT)

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