Abu Dhabi qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Mark Webber starts on pole position.

2 November 2013 Last updated at 15:09

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  1. 1500: 
    Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg

    I have to admit, I didn't see anyone beating Sebastian Vettel to pole this afternoon. But Mark Webber has been close to his Red Bull team-mate all weekend and, as he said, crucially managed to get the third sector right to take his 13th career pole and second of the season.

    I'll be back at 1200 GMT tomorrow to begin building up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live starting at 1250. Highlights of the race follow at 1630 on BBC One and 1930 on the Red Button.

    Webber has another golden chance to seal a victory before he ends his Formula 1 career at the end of the season. But can he keep Vettel behind? until tomorrow, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 1454: 

    1) Mark Webber 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Nico Rosberg 4) Lewis Hamilton 5) Kimi Raikkonen 6) Nico Hulkenberg 7) Romain Grosjean 8) Felipe Massa 9) Sergio Perez 10) Daniel Ricciardo

    11) Fernando Alonso 12) Paul Di Resta 13) Jenson Button 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Pastor Maldonado 16) Valtteri Bottas

    17) Esteban Gutierrez 18) Adrian Sutil 19) Giedo Van Der Garde 20) Charles Pic 21) Max Chilton 22) Jules Bianchi*

    *Bianchi qualified 20th but starts 22nd following a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change


    Clare Moylan: Very pleased that @AussieGrit has gotten pole tomorrow! Would love Mark to get another win before he leaves F1.

  4. 1448: 

    The bad news for Mark Webber, of course, is that only once in the four races held in Abu Dhabi has the drive on pole position gone on to win. On three occasions, the pole-sitter has retired. Webber knows all too well about doing that.

  5. 1442: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who took the 13th pole position of his career: "Q2 didn't go very well, Q3 went very well for us. A win is certainly possible. I've been quite good on the prime [tyres] in the race so I'm looking forward to getting on that. They are a lot of fans of Formula 1 here. A few Aussies come here - it's an easy GP to attend and a nice atmosphere."

  6. 1437: 

    If you want to watch Mark Webber's stunning qualifying lap, you can catch it in our highlights show on BBC One at 1710 GMT or 2335 on the Red Button. We'll also have a shorter version online along with all the reaction later this afternoon.


    Ben McPhillips: I'll say it - Alonso is declining. Great race-craft can't save him when he is struggling in quali + at risk of start incidents.


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who starts 11th: Still a tough weekend for us, but we have to think positive and use the extra new tires to attack in the race! Still confident!

  9. 1430: 

    Lee McKenzie has grabbed a word with Sebastian Vettel, who starts second for a change. "For me there was a little bit more in the car, I don't know," Vettel said. "I was pushing and I did a mistake. The last race was pretty bad [for Mark] with the alternator problems and as a team we try to understand and hope we have fixed it. The strategy is not entirely clear, but Lotus are there - they might pull off a different strategy - maybe a very strong one-stop."

  10. 1425: 

    Can Red Bull's Mark Webber get that one final victory before he leaves the sport before the end of the season? His last triumph came back in the summer of 2012 at the British Grand Prix.


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who starts third: "In general, I'm pleased with the result. Best of the rest is the target for this weekend. It's good to annoy Red Bull a bit in qualifying but they were quick again. Our target is to get second in the constructors' championship and our main competitors Ferrari are well back which is great for us."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who starts second: "I think it's a great result for the team. At the start of qualifying, Mercedes looked very strong, especially in Q2. We seem to be able to find a bit of extra time in Q3. Mark did a very good lap so congratulations to him. I should have done a bit better, but I don't know if it would have been enough. He did a great job, no mistakes. It's a great result for the team and we should have a strong race tomorrow."

    Mark Webber

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who starts on pole: "This weekend has gone pretty smoothly. Not the smoothest path to the start of Q2 or Q1, we were not electric. We changed the car quite a bit and I got more and more comfortable as the session went on. It made me more comfortable in the final sector, where Seb has been quick, so I was able to match him there and stay where I had been quick already."

  14. 1415: 

    Time to hear from the top three...

  15. 1411: 

    "We lost it in Turn One, sorry guys", said Sebastian Vettel, who couldn't match his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to pole position. It's the first time that someone other than Vettel and Lewis Hamilton has started on pole in Abu Dhabi.

  16. 1408: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Mark Webber 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Nico Rosberg 4) Lewis Hamilton 5) Kimi Raikkonen 6) Nico Hulkenberg 7) Romain Grosjean 8) Felipe Massa 9) Sergio Perez 10) Daniel Ricciardo

  17. 1406: 

    There's bad news for Lewis Hamilton who spins on his final lap. "Something broke at the rear of the car," says the Briton. He gets out of his Mercedes and shakes his head in disbelief as the marshals head out to rescue the stricken car.

  18. 1405: 

    Sebastian Vettel gets beaten by his own team-mate. That doesn't happen very often. The German has been quick all weekend, but he couldn't hook it all up when it mattered.

  19. 1404: 

    "Fantastic guys, thank you. Fantastic job," says Mark Webber, who takes his second pole position of the season. Quite unexpected that.

  20. 1403: 


  21. 1402: 

    Mark Webber is a tenth up after the first two sectors, and maintains that advantage in the final one - where all the corners are - to go quickest! Sensational lap from the Australian. And would you believe, Sebastian Vettel is down in the first sector!

  22. 1400: 

    Fernando Alonso, who qualified 11th and can choose which tyres he wants to start the race on: "All weekend we haven't been so quick and in qualifying we were not so fast. Also my laps were not so clean and I lost a couple of tenths. Maybe it is better to start in this position tomorrow."

  23. 1358: 

    The final runs are about to take place. Can anyone beat Sebastian Vettel?

  24. 1357: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button, who qualified 13th, talking to Jennie Gow on 5 live sports extra: "Puzzled. The car's been working well and feels completely different. It's cooler temperatures than this morning.

    "I'm maxed on the front wing and we had to take a load of rear downforce of which is why we are so quick in a straight line. I couldn't get the tyres working and it felt like I was skating around."

  25. 1355: 

    No sign of Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa as yet. Romain Grosjean has gone sixth fastest, with Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

  26. 1353: 

    Sebastian Vettel lays down the marker, a 1:40.091, to go quickest. Nico Rosberg is his nearest challenger, 0.328 seconds off the pace, with Lewis Hamilton third, Kimi Raikkonen fourth and Mark Webber fifth.

  27. 1350: 

    The fight for pole starts here. Ten minutes, ten drivers, one pole.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "I don't know what is going on at Ferrari. It's not good enough. Fernando says he's is in the form of his life, but then he has this pathetic qualifying."

  29. 1348: 

    This is the first time this season that Fernando Alonso has not reached Q3. Worse still, he's been out-qualified by Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa again.

  30. 1347: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button: "I don't understand how we go from sixth this morning to so far off the pace with no grip."

  31. 1346: 

    11) Fernando Alonso 12) Paul Di Resta 13) Jenson Button 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Pastor Maldonado 16) Valtteri Bottas

  32. 1345: 

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber, in the second part of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "That will be one very long-faced Spaniard in the cockpit of that Ferrari."

  34. 1344: 
    Fernando Alonso


  35. 1343: 

    Mark Webber improves to third, with Daniel Ricciardo going sixth to push Jenson Button into the drop zone - and out of qualifying as he's completed his final lap! Fernando Alonso is 16th - will he be able to rescue it at the death?

  36. 1341: 

    Oddly, Lewis Hamilton has gone out again for one final run. He's only 0.004 seconds off the pace set by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has remained in his garage, as has Sebastian Vettel in third. Seems like a waste of a set of tyres to me.

  37. 1340: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta puts on a fresh sets of boots and clocks a 1:41.1 which is nearly seven tenths off the pace. It's going to be nip and tuck as to whether that's going to be enough to get him into Q3.

  38. 1337: 

    With four minutes to go, Paul Di Resta, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Pastor Maldonado, Valtteri Bottas and Jenson Button are in the drop zone. Jean-Eric Vergne is on the bubble in 10th.

  39. 1336: 

    Lotus tell Kimi Raikkonen that they think the cut-off to get into Q3 is a 1:41.1. The Finn's current best is 1:40.971, which is enough for fourth at the moment.

  40. 1335: 

    Marussia's Max Chilton, who qualified 22nd and last, talking to Jennie Gow: "It's very hot - not the worst of the season, that's Singapore because it's so humid. But you put up with it - it's lovely here. I didn't have DRS and Jules didn't have Kers. So I feel there's nothing between us.

    Chilton was eight tenths slower than Jules Bianchi in Q1

  41. 1334: 

    Lewis Hamilton is just 0.004 seconds slower than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to slot into second, three tenths quicker than Sebastian Vettel in third. Early days, though. There are still seven minutes remaining.

  42. 1332: 

    Nico Rosberg clocks the fastest lap of the day, with the German recording a 1:40.473, half a second quicker than Kimi Raikkonen, with Nico Hulkenberg a further couple of tenths adrift.

  43. 1330: 
    Abu Dhabi GP

    The sun is going down in Abu Dhabi, with the floodlights heading towards full power. Nico Hulkenberg is the early pace-setter, the Sauber driver clocking a 1:41.147 on a used set of soft tyres.

  44. 1328: 

    Time for Q2. This session lasts 15 minutes and will see the six slowest drivers knocked out.

  45. 1326: 

    Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean, Mark Webber, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.

  46. 1324: 

    Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi, Charles Pic and Max Chilton.

  47. 1322: 

    Lewis Hamilton delivers a blinder to go quickest by more than half a second. Felipe Massa was second, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Pastor Maldonado. The track got better and better as the session went on.

  48. 1321: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  49. 1320: 

    Both Ferraris haul themselves out of the drop zone, but that sends Lewis Hamilton down into the danger zone. The Mercedes driver is out on the soft tyres, so there's still time for the 2008 world champion to save himself.

  50. 1319: 

    Both Ferraris are in the drop zone! Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are both on laps, though.

  51. 1318: 

    With two minutes remaining, Giedo van der Garde, Esteban Gutierrez, Felipe Massa, Charles Pic, Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi in the drop zone.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "It doesn't matter too much that Webber has beaten Vettel here - their engineers will give them a target time and they'll stick to what they think will be enough to get them through to Q2 and not take too much out of the tyres."

  53. 1317: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest on the soft tyres, half a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber goes a tenth quicker to take top spot. Webber was fastest in the first two sectors, Vettel had the edge in the third.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Red Bull will do one run on the soft tyres in this session, and provided they don't make any mistakes will be able to use the same set in the second session, saving a set of [medium] tyres for the race."

  55. 1315: 

    Lewis Hamilton improves by three tenths to go quickest, 0.048 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. That lap was set on the medium tyres. Interestingly, Red Bull have sent their drivers out on the soft tyres.

  56. 1313: 

    Jenson Button moves up to third, behind Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez riding shotgun in fourth.

  57. 1311: 

    With the McLarens and Saubers performing very strongly so far this weekend, the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will face a battle to get into Q3 here. The Scuderia are in all sorts of bother at Yas Marina.

  58. 1309: 

    Fernando Alonso, on the medium tyre, goes third quickest, 0.678 seconds off the pace in his Ferrari. The Spaniard then gets bumped down three places as Sergio Perez, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo all go faster in quick succession. The track is getting faster and faster by the lap.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "I spoke to Lewis Hamilton yesterday and he said the sun going down here is no more difficult to when you are driving your car on the motorway. It's clearly slightly more difficult..."


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "I need to change my visor - I want to change my helmet, please."

  61. 1306: 

    Nico Rosberg has moved to the top of the timesheets, the German clocking a 1:42.567. That's just 0.006 seconds quicker than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton can manage. Kimi Raikkonen is third, eight tenths further back.

  62. 1305: 

    Everyone apart from Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso are out on track. Jean-Eric Vergne is the early pace-setter, the Toro Rosso clocking a 1:43.442, three tenths quicker than Sergio Perez in the McLaren.

  63. 1302: 

    Bad news for Jules Bianchi who has been given a five-place grid penalty as Marussia had to change his gearbox following his crash in final practice. Considering he usually qualifies on the back two rows, the drop won't make that much difference.

  64. 1300: 

    And we're up and running for qualifying, with the McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez among the early starters.

  65. 1257: 

    The track temperature has dropped 11C since this morning's practice and is now hovering at 36C. The ambient is a smidgen lower at 32C but falling gradually as the sun goes down.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton: #mirrorimage #2worlds #boss

  67. 1255: 

    Qualifying lasts an hour and is split into three sections. The first lasts 20 minutes and will see the six slowest drivers knocked out. The times are reset ahead of a 15-minute session where another six drivers are removed from the process. That leaves 10 to fight for pole in a 10-minute shoot-out.


    Bulent Yazici: For those who say F1 is boring now, keep an eye out on the constructors championship. Three teams fighting for the coveted second place.

  69. 1250: 
    Romain Grosjean's race overalls

    Lotus are putting the endless sunshine and heat to good use by hanging their washing on the side of their team buildings, including Romain Grosjean's race suit. Given what's been happening with Kimi Raikkonen this weekend you would have thought the team would have had enough of hanging their dirty washing out in public...

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "The sun is going down, taking the edge off the brutal desert heat of the day and Yas Marina is basking in pale saffron light as qualifying looms. The talk here this weekend has concentrated on driver movements for 2014, but nothing is set in stone yet, and now the focus is back on the intensity of qualifying. One hour. Cars and drivers on the edge. Night falling. Whatever you think of this as a circuit, the spectacle is unique."

  71. 1245: 

    Qualifying starts at 1300 GMT, with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra going live at 1255. Who is your tip for pole? Tweet us using #bbcf1 or text 81111 (UK only).

  72. 1242: 

    The furthest back a winner has started is fourth. That was Kimi "Leave me alone, I know what to do" Raikkonen, who triumphed last year for Lotus.

  73. 1239: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Pole position in Abu Dhabi could be a poisoned chalice, though. Only once in the four previous races at Yas Marina has the pole-sitter gone on to take victory - and that was Sebastian Vettel in 2010. On three occasions, the man on pole has retired.

  74. 1236: 

    It's hard to see anyone other than Sebastian Vettel taking pole position - his eighth of the season - later this afternoon. His main contender for that prized P1 slot is Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. They have two poles apiece in Abu Dhabi and between them have scored 12 of the 16 poles on offer so far this season.

  75. 1233: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island. Sebastian Vettel picked up where he left off on Friday with another strong performance in final practice this morning, the Red Bull driver finishing 0.222 clear of team-mate Mark Webber.

  76. 1230: 

    Hello! Any one there? Anyone?

  77. 1120: 

    Sebastian Vettel is looking good for his eighth pole position of the season, but don't discount his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber or Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who is mega in the final sector. I'm off for a spot of early lunch. See you back here at 1230 GMT to build up to qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Bye for now.

  78. 1115: 

    "Ferrari are fighting a lack of traction, a problem from which they have suffered for the last two seasons and which is badly exposed by the 90-degree corners and hairpins that abound at Yas Marina," says Andrew Benson. Read his full report here.


    Andrew Priestley: Sebastian Vettel knows how to put in a last minute flying lap time, doesn't he! I suppose that's why he's a 4 time world champion!

  80. 1110: 

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 43) Hamilton 4) Rosberg 5) Grosjean 6) Button 7) Hulkenberg 8) Gutierrez 9) Raikkonen 10) Vergne 11) Alonso

    12) Di Resta 13) Bottas 14) Massa 15) Ricciardo 16) Maldonado 17) Sutil 18) Perez 19) Van der Garde 20) Pic 21) Chilton 22) Bianchi

  81. 1105: 

    It's a very good performance from Sauber, with Nico Hulkenberg seventh and Esteban Gutierrez eighth, beating the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa who finished 11th and 14th.

  82. 1103: 

    Red Bull continue their dominance of this weekend, with a one-two in practice. The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg aren't too far behind in third and fourth, though.

  83. 1102: 

    Sebastian Vettel finishes quickest in final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  84. 1101: 

    Mark Webber sets the quickest first sector and then personal bests in two and three to go second quickest, 0.222 seconds off the pace set by his Red Bull team-mate.

  85. 1100: 

    The chequered flag is out but anyone still on a flying lap can complete it.

  86. 1058: 

    That man Sebastian Vettel is back on top again, the 2013 world champion setting the fastest first sector of all and personal bests in the second and third sector to go 0.229 seconds clear at the top.

  87. 1057: 

    Lewis Hamilton beats his former team-mate Jenson Button to the top spot with a 1:41.580, 0.376 seconds quicker. Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is 0.459 seconds off the pace.

  88. 1054: 

    The soft tyre is so much quicker than the medium tyre. Jenson Button leaps to the top of the charts with a 1:41.956, 1.5 seconds quicker than anyone else and 2.3 seconds quicker than he managed on the medium rubber.


    Ferrari: We're getting ready to try Soft tyres but these temperatures are hurting us. Air 36°, Track 45°.

  90. 1052: 

    Jenson Button is the first man out on the soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation run. The McLaren driver is followed out by the Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

  91. 1049: 

    Most cars are back in the garage as they await the removal of the yellow flags at Turn One. We could see the soft tyres make an appearance when the drivers head back out.

  92. 1047: 

    Terrible timing for Marussia, as they've got just two hours and 13 minutes to get that car back in shape before qualifying. We've got yellow flags in the opening complex but the marshals have got the car up on the crane and should have it out of the way shortly.

  93. 1046: 

    Marussia's Jules Bianchi's race engineer: "Any damage, Jules?" Bianchi: "Yes, rear left [wheel] and wing."

  94. 1045: 

    Jules Bianchi has hit the barriers down at Turn Two. The rear of the Marussia just snapped as he hit the inside kerb at the first corner, spinning the car across the track and onto the artificial grass before kissing the wall.

  95. 1042: 

    Everyone has set a lap time apart from Sergio Perez who has simply done six out and in laps. Mark Webber is very much out on track and has just gone second quickest, 0.054 seconds off the pace.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "Pirelli has announced here that it will be taking some of 2014 development tyres to the final race of the season in Brazil so they and the teams can get some information on them. 'Pirelli did the same last year and it was pretty useful information,' said McLaren sporting director Sam Michael. Whether it will forestall any problems remains to be seen - after all running the planned 2013 tyres in Brazil last year did not exactly prevent issues this season."

  97. 1041: 

    Medium tyres are still the rubber of choice with just under 20 minutes of this session remaining. We are expecting to see the soft tyre at some point before the end so the teams can gather some data ahead of qualifying later on.

    Sebastian Vettel reclaims top spot, but his time at the top is short-lived as Nico Rosberg improves as well, clocking 1:43.465, 0.076 seconds clear.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "This looks like being a better weekend for McLaren. Sergio Perez and Jenson Button were sixth and seventh in second practice on almost identical lap times and 'just' 0.7secs behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull. Perez said: 'We feel really comfortable with the car. Normally we need to change a lot from Friday to Saturday. But there is not much we can change in P3. I think we should be in Q3.' There are no new parts but they are running a very low downforce set-up - they are quick in sectors one and two, but terribly slow in the twisty sector three."

  99. 1039: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button is sixth fastest, 0.470 seconds off the pace. The Briton has finished in the top four in every race held at Yas Marina since the venue's debut in 2009.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Most drivers don't listen to their engineers - they're just driving the car. Sebastian Vettel does listen to his engineer."

  101. 1037: 

    Nico Rosberg goes fastest now, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:43.784, 0.011 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton follow, with the top four separated by just 0.088 seconds. It's so, so close.

  102. 1035: 

    Force India's Adrian Sutil: "The car is just so bad - I don't know what's wrong here. I got everything; I got understeer, I got oversteer…"

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Lotus: You asked for it, so we... err... acquired it! Owl's eye view from #Kimi's car in #FP3; pretty cool huh?

    They're referring to a new camera which has been introduced this weekend and rotates to give a 180 degree view.

  104. 1030: 

    Mark Webber has been pretty close to his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel so far this weekend and that continues in this session as the Australian goes second quickest, 0.028 seconds off the pace.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "Lewis Hamilton ended up third fastest in Friday practice, 0.355 seconds off Sebastian Vettel's pace. Hamilton is something of an Abu Dhabi specialist, and although he is still not completely comfortable with the braking performance of the Mercedes, he was as usual stunning in the final sector, which is all about late braking and dancing the car into the apex, rear a little loose. There, Hamilton sacrificed only 0.038secs to Vettel, who has a far superior car, the exhaust design of which gives him much greater rear downforce and therefore theoretically better mid-corner speed and grip. Team-mate Nico Rosberg gave away 0.176secs to Hamilton in those nine corners."

  106. 1028: 

    Lewis Hamilton moves into second, 0.077 seconds adrift of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen is bumped down to third, with Romain Grosjean fourth.

  107. 1024: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Kimi Raikkonen talking to Jennie Gow about his payment dispute with Lotus: "You have to have some faith in people, but when it's this length of time saying the same thing it's not easy - hopefully we'll find a solution. I try to do my best I can in every race and it's not the happiest moment but I still try to do my best."

  108. 1022: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest with a 1:43.949, before Sebastian Vettel moves ahead of him with a 1:43.795. Romain Grosjean is third, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Jean-Eric Vergne.

  109. 1019: 

    Lots of drivers are staying in their garages because they're not going to learn anything in these very hot conditions considering qualifying and the race take place when it's significantly cooler.


    Williams: Air temp a rather warm 36C now with track temp up to 51C.

  111. 1016: 

    More bad news for Ferrari. BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow reports that there's some sort of leak at the rear of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. The Spaniard is sat in his comfy seat at the back of the garage while 10 mechanics assess the issue.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "Ferrari are in all sorts of trouble here at Yas Marina and Fernando Alonso is not troubling to hide it. Traction has been their biggest weakness over the last two years, and the plethora of chicanes and 90-degree corners here expose that badly. Alonso, who is trying to hang on to second in the championship in the face of a challenge from Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in superior cars, was eighth fastest overall, nearly two seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel on his race run and half a second or so off even the Mercedes. He is hoping Ferrari will have found some performance overnight. 'Hopefully there is more in the car. We are in a position that's not normal for us,' he said. 'We are struggling a little bit more this weekend, but to be fighting for Q3 is not good enough for Ferrari. Hopefully we will find something in the set-up but whatever we find we have to be honest and know it will be a tough weekend.'"

  113. 1013: 

    Max Chilton takes a marker cone, which was on the inside kerbs at Turn One, clean out as he attacks the apex on his first flying lap. The Briton clocks a 1:52.361 in his Marussia which is good enough for fifth.

  114. 1010: 

    Charles Pic is the first man to put a time on the board, the Frenchman clocking a 1:50.512 in the Caterham. Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari are still sat in their garages.

  115. 1006: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel has popped out on track for his installation lap. The German is sporting a new golden helmet, with the number four in Roman numerals on the top of his lid.


    WelshRacer: Yas Marina - the only way is up, baby.

  117. 1003: 

    Romain Grosjean, who lost some track time in second practice yesterday because of a brake problem, reports that he's suffering vibrations on the right hand side of the car. The Frenchman dives back into the pits, closely followed by his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

    Abu Dhabi

    Marussia's Max Chilton: Another unsurprisingly good day in the UAE! Can't wait for qualifying under the lights.

  119. 1000: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The Lotuses are super keen to get out and about. Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen are queuing at the end of the pit lane as they await the green light. They don't have to wait long as the session gets under way bang on time.

  120. 0957:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    You can listen to James Allen, Jennie Gow and Tom Clarkson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now, but clicking the link at the top right of this page.

  121. 0955: 

    What do you think of Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit? Is it the future of Formula 1? Does it sit in the same company as Singapore and Monaco as one of the races to be at on the Formula 1 calendar? Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

  122. 0950: 
    Romain Grosjean

    The venue has plenty of unique selling points. The pit lane features an exit which funnels out through a tunnel under the track, while the venue boasts the world's largest permanent sporting facility lighting system that allows the race to start in daylight and end in darkness.

    All this is set against the backdrop of the iconic 499-room Yas Hotel which straddles the track and uses 5,389 pivoting LED panes to produce a spectacular light show.

    Next door, you will find Ferrari World, an indoor amusement park which is housed underneath a 200,000m square roof. It features the Formula Rossa roller-coaster that can achieve an eye-popping top speed of 240kph.

  123. 0945: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    The Yas Marina Circuit really looks like something special, but then you would expect that of a venue where money to build it was seemingly no object. The facility was constructed from scratch, on a man-made island, in just two years and hosted it's first race in 2009.

    Since then, it has come to be mentioned in the same sentence as Singapore and Monaco in terms of glamour and really doesn't struggle to attract the punters. The VIP hospitality tickets, for example, were sold out more than six months ago. Perhaps money can buy you success...

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "Kimi Raikkonen's weekend has been all about his pay dispute with the Lotus team. He arrived late - on Friday morning - and then after practice threatened not to take part in the final two races if whatever "understanding" he has come to with his team is not fulfilled. On track, Raikkonen reverted to the team's standard-wheelbase car, which has not been raced since Singapore in an attempt to find an explanation for his dip in form in recent races. He was fourth quickest, slightly less than 0.4secs off Sebastian Vettel's pace-setting Red Bull, and did a very long run on the medium tyres at a decent speed. The Finn has decided to stick with the standard car, even though Lotus believe the longer-wheelbase one is faster."

  125. 0940: 

    This morning's session lasts just one hour, and represents a chance for teams to make any final tweaks to their machines. That'll start at 1000, with live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Qualifying follows at 1300 GMT with highlights on BBC One at 1710 or on the Red Button at 2335.

  126. 0936: 
    Romain Grosjean

    Twelve months ago, who would have thought we would come to rely on Romain Grosjean to provide the sternest challenge to Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull? It's a remarkable turnaround for the Frenchman, who has finished on the podium in each of the last three races.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Abu Dhabi:

    "On the face of it, this race looks like a Red Bull benefit, so superior were the blue cars on both low and high fuel in Friday practice. But there is one hope for a competitive race - Lotus's Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman had a disrupted second session because of a brake disc problem but applying the usual one-second-plus gain from medium tyres to soft to his headline lap time puts him in Red Bull territory. If Grosjean can ensure he does not suffer too much from the time lost in the only practice session run in the same twilight conditions as race and qualifying, he could qualify on the second row and perhaps make a race of it on Sunday."

  128. 0933: 

    Morning all and welcome to our live coverage of final practice, followed by qualifying, for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the stunning Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island.

  129. 0930: 
    Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi

    Normal service was resumed on Friday as newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel continued his utter domination of the sport by topping the charts in second practice. Can anyone stop the German taking his eighth pole position of the season later today?

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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