No-deal Brexit could hit F1 races around Europe, says McLaren chief

• Nine F1 races to be held in Europe in 2019
• ‘Border efficiency key’, says Jonathan Neale

The chief operating officer at McLaren, Jonathan Neale, has warned the result of a no-deal Brexit may put the ability of teams to stage Formula One meetings at risk. Seven of the 10 teams are based in the UK and there will be nine races in Europe next year. According to Neale, McLaren are already working with partners within the sport in an attempt to ensure they are ready to deal with potential difficulties.

As things stand, parliament is set to reject the prime minister’s plan, leading to the UK leaving Europe with no deal on 29 March next year. By then, the F1 season will have started and the first European race is in Spain on 12 May. Mercedes, McLaren, Williams, Force India, Renault and Red Bull are all in the UK, while Haas have their headquarters in the USA but a base in Banbury.

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F1 2018 season awards: Sublime Hamilton and the emergence of Leclerc

The Englishman’s fifth F1 title was just reward for his brilliance but it’s a sad farewell to Fernando Alonso

A fifth title was Lewis Hamilton’s reward for an exceptional year. Yet it was not just the moments of sublime skill that defined it as much as his execution across the season. This was very much the performance of champion. When needed he could be untouchable. The qualifying laps in Singapore and in Hungary in the wet; his moves at Monza on Kimi Räikkönen, on Sebastian Vettel in Russia and a triple pass in Bahrain as well as clinical victories such as Spain and France. But crucially he was almost error-free and when on the back foot, played the long game superbly. Ninth to third in Bahrain; 14th to the win in Germany and perhaps most outstanding his recovery from 18th to second after being hit by Räikkönen on the opening lap at Silverstone. Hamilton delivered an object lesson in how to be the complete driver.

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F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins | Richard Williams

Only the British Grand Prix will be on UK terrestrial TV next season, as F1 cuts itself from the masses

While Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the podium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, Channel 4’s lineup of commentators, presenters and analysts were packing their bags, having broadcast the race to an average audience of 2.3 million, as live grand prix coverage in Britain prepared to disappear behind a paywall.

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F1’s halo device not under question after Nico Hülkenburg’s Abu Dhabi crash

• FIA race director Whiting happy with way crash was handled
• Hülkenburg: I don’t know, if the halo blocked me or not

The FIA race director, Charlie Whiting, insists the halo cockpit protection device did not prevent Nico Hülkenberg from exiting his car after his dramatic crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With his car upside-down and briefly on fire the Renault driver had urgently requested that he be freed, raising questions over whether the halo was an obstacle to him getting out. Having clipped Romain Grosjean on the opening lap of that race Hülkenburg’s car had barrel-rolled into the barriers and he was inside with the rear of his car on fire. “Get me out of here – there is fire, there is fire,” he said. “I’m OK but I’m hanging here like a cow. Get me out of this car.”

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Lewis Hamilton caps title-winning 2018 in Abu Dhabi after Hülkenberg flips

• World champion fends off Vettel to win his 11th race of season
• Niko Hülkenberg walks away from dramatic early crash

Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a superb run from pole position for his 11th victory of the season. He produced a consummate drive at the season finale to close out 2018 on a high for Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel was in second for Ferrari and Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

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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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Lewis Hamilton too good again at Abu Dhabi F1 GP with 2018’s last pole

• Lap time of 1min 34.794sec holds off Valtteri Bottas
• Fifth consecutive front-row lock-out for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a final brilliant qualifying flourish by the five-times world champion as the season comes to a close at the Yas Marina circuit. He put in a consummate lap to take the top spot, with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second. It ensured they have completed their fifth consecutive front row lock-out at the circuit, the first team in F1 to achieve the feat.

Sebastian Vettel was in third, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in fifth and sixth.

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Fernando Alonso bows out with no regrets despite F1 disappointments | Giles Richards

Spanish driver will retire after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and leaves in positive mood but his character and failure to be in the right place at the right time hindered him

For a driver bidding farewell to Formula One having failed to deliver on the promise of his extraordinary talent, Fernando Alonso cut a cheerful figure before his curtain call in Abu Dhabi. The Spaniard bows out with two world championships but a palpable sense that far greater hopes and expectations are unfulfilled. Yet Alonso still has been both brilliant and compelling and F1 will be poorer without him.

He has not ruled out a return but at Yas Marina his demeanour suggested a man who was positively demob happy after 17 years in F1. Relaxed and laughing, he was happy to be saying goodbye to the sport for which he still has great affection.

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‘You expect me to shake his hand?’ – Verstappen stands by push on Ocon

• Max Verstappen confronted Esteban Ocon after Brazil collision
• Red Bull driver lost lead and win because of incident

Max Verstappen has defended his actions in confronting and shoving Esteban Ocon after the pair clashed at the Brazilian Grand Prix. During a tense press conference at which both drivers were present in Abu Dhabi, the Dutchman insisted that strong emotions were a part of sport and that drivers were not robots.

Verstappen was leading the race in Brazil when Ocon attempted to unlap himself in his Force India. The pair clashed and Verstappen span and took damage, losing his place and the race to Lewis Hamilton.

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Robert Kubica: Hamilton welcomes 'one of the most talented drivers' back to F1 – video

Lewis Hamilton has welcomed the remarkable return of Robert Kubica to Formula One racing. The 33-year-old has not taken part in a grand prix after suffering a serious injury eight years ago. The Polish driver joins as a Williams driver for next season. Hamilton added that it is ‘exciting for the sport’ to welcome him back

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