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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole for decider, Rosberg 2nd, Ricciardo 3rd
  2. Top three finish on Sunday will secure Rosberg the title

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

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    Will tonight be the final time Nico Rosberg goes to bed as just another race driver?

    He's well placed to secure the top three finish he needs to win the title but then, this is 2016. 

    Expect the unexpected.

    We're back from 11:00 GMT tomorrow for build up to the season finale. See you then.

  2. Best and worst of 2016

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    Almost time for us to wrap things up for today but before we head off, don't forget to choose your best and worst drivers and teams of the season in our selector here and share them on social media.

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  4. Hamilton v Rosberg - F1 world title preview

    Tom Clarkson and Allan McNish preview the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton battle for the World Championship in the final race of the 2016 season.

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    Video caption: Clarkson and McNish review the World Championship showdown
  5. Get involved

    #bbcf1

    Guy@bbcf1 the tortoise will win the race this year but the hare will wipe the floor with him in 2017 #bbcf1

    Ibrahim@LewisHamilton is the fastest driver on earth ... We now know why Nico won the last 3 races of 2015. #bbcf1

    Nick: It's one thing to get on pole but it's quite another to get off the line and Lewis has struggled more in this regard #bbcf1#AbuDhabiGP

    Lewis Hamilton
  6. 'Winner, winner chicken dinner'

    And a final few words from Lewis Hamilton: "So far this weekend I have been focused on getting in this position. I am hopeful of Daniel Ricciardo saying winner, winner chicken dinner tomorrow or second chicken anyway."

  7. 'Third was the target'

    Daniel Riccardo, who finished third in qualifying: "We've got to try something [on different tyre strategy]. It seems to be a bit of a trend this year, if we're in a position to qualify on a different tyre we're try and see if it gives us an opportunity.

    "I was pretty slow starting the qualifying session but Q3, when it matters, I put in some good times. Third was the target, hopefully we can be somewhere up here [on the podium] tomorrow."

    Ricciardo
  8. 'Lewis that bit quicker'

    Nico Rosberg, who finished second in qualifying: "I have come here to try and be on pole and try and win the race tomorrow. I am not ecstatic by today, Lewis was just that bit quicker but there are still opportunities tomorrow and I'll go for the win.

    "Adrenaline is always there in qualifying for sure. I was feeling good out there and had a good balance. As qualifying went on I was feeling better and better and got a good lap but in the end, not quite good enough."

    Rosberg
  9. 'Incredible'

    Lewis Hamilton, who secured pole position: "It was strange coming here this weekend as it was the last practices and qualifying with this car, it's been incredible. It's been such a privilege driving this car.

    "I wouldn't have had the 61 poles I have now if it wasn't for everyone at the factory, so thanks to them.

    "First sector, I knew I had pace so I didn't overcook into turn one and on the rest of the lap I had it under control."

    Lewis Hamilton
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    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Raikkonen is driving absolutely brilliantly at the moment, his main worry will be Ricciardo.

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    That's a fourth consecutive pole position for Lewis Hamilton. He's driven his heart out in the last few races but even that might not be enough. Remember a top three finish is all Nico Rosberg needs to win the title.

    Rosberg
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    #bbcf1

    Stephen#bbcf1 ROS needs to win this championship now or it's never again, next 6/7 years are for HAM, VES and one for Sainz

    Meer: Hamilton lays down the marker in Abu Dhabi F1 qualifying. All to do in the race still but advantage Hamilton. That's all that counts #bbcf1

    Nick: I would imagine there's about 3-4 tenths to come from Rosberg. If he improves S1 & S2 but keep pace with Lewis in S3, he'll have pole #bbcf1

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    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    Tomorrow I think that first 100m may not decide the Championship but will be incredibly important.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    Rosberg is in a good position. When it mattered, the Mercedes had the edge.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    He was building up to that all the way through, it was an incredibly decisive lap for Hamilton. 

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    Lewis Hamilton climbs on top of his car and waves to the crowd. He's done what he needed to do today, but plenty of work to do tomorrow.

    He'll be disappointed to see Nico Rosberg alongside him on the front row. The ideal would have been a Red Bull or Ferrari between them.

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    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Ricciardo 4) Raikkonen 5) Vettel 6) Verstappen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Perez 9) Alonso 10) Massa

    Hamilton
  18. Chequered flag

    LEWIS HAMILTON SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

    Hamilton
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    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    Hamilton takes a commanding pole position.

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    Nico Rosberg can't beat that time! He's three tenths down on Lewis Hamilton so it is the Briton on pole position.