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Niamh Lewis

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  1. Valtteri Bottas fastest as Red Bull show pace

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas headed Red Bull's Max Verstappen in second practice at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    The Finn, who has yet to win this year while team-mate Lewis Hamilton claimed a fifth world title, was just 0.044 seconds quicker than Verstappen.

    The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was third, 0.192secs off the pace, ahead of Hamilton and the Ferraris.

    Kimi Raikkonen headed Sebastian Vettel, who has not won a race since August.

    Read the full report here.

  2. That's it for today

    It's Mercedes and Red Bull who have shown their pace so far. So could it be Bottas on pole again? Another Red Bull dominant weekend to finish the season? Or will Ferrari find some pace to match those at the top?

    We'll be back tomorrow from 09:30 GMT for final practice, and our commentary team will be back on the airways at 09:55 GMT.

    I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's words...

    Lewis Hamilton
  3. Post update

    Daniel Ricciardo who finished in P3 says: "It was a pretty good day yeah, hopefully it remains much the same it looks close at the moment. Hopefully it stays hot and I think the hotter conditions help us out."

    When asked about the tape on his neck, he says: "It’s all good, it has been a long year, it's just a little twinge but it's all good."

  4. 'I think he's going to make tea for Jean Todt'

    More from Christian Horner on the incident with Verstappen and Ocon in Brazil: "You don't know what was said in the room that antagonised him. It happened, it's done, you've got an emotional driver who lost the lead of the grand prix - it happens with other sports. I'm not condoning violence in any way but that's what sport is about [emotion] and sometimes it boils over.

    "I think he's going to make tea for Jean Todt (the FIA President). He's got two days to do.

    "I think we've got a really good car now, we're working the tyres and not abusing them and it's working well on all the twisty bits.

    "Progress with Honda is encouraging month by month they are closing that gap to Ferrari and Mercedes. Renault have made some progress with their c-spec this year and it's positive for F1 if those engines can catch up, but soon we should really start getting on the back of that group."

  5. 'He left half the plank on the kerb'

    Red Bull boss, Christian Horner speaking to Sky Sports says on Verstappen: "Obviously he left half the plank on the kerb, the front wing is gone after that. He got a new plank and wing and off he went again."

    "The engine setting that he put in for that lap ran out at the end so it was only worth about eight hundredths of a second. The car in the last sector is strong so we have to catch up in the last sector what we give away in the straights.

    "The long run pace looked good and we didn't seem to have the degradation that Ferrari and Mercedes were complaining of."

    Max Verstappen kerb
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  7. Who will make the final podium of the season?

    Make your predictions here.

  8. Post update

    Max Verstappen, who was quickest in FP1, and P2 in second practice says: "Yeah it was a good day, straight away from the first run I had little complaints. Definitely in the last sector and in most of the corners of the track the car is looking good.

    When asked on his incident with the sausage kerb, he says: "I understand why it's there I think it's better and at some point you start playing with the limits and I went a little wide. Last year you could abuse it, but it’s a little higher now."

  9. Kimi, just being Kimi says...

    "Huh? We'll see tomorrow after qualifying. I don't know anymore than you guys so it's useless to speculate."

  10. 'We tried everything we could today'

    Sebastian Vettel says on Ferrari's performance today: "I think it's been ok, we're not quick enough but hopefully tomorrow...

    "We tried everything we could today. It [the engine] wasn't necessarily turned down today. I think it will be decided by the tyres and Red Bull has been stronger in the last couple of races with the tyres. We still should have some margin, but its going to be tough."

  11. 100th grand prix with Red Bull

    Red Bull boss, Christian Horner says: "We want to sign off on a high with him, he's driven so well over the years with us with seven victories."

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    Matthew Okot: Alonso's career shows that even with all the talent, it is still very hard to be champion with two different teams (as Vettel is learning now).

    Racing Insider: How great is Alonso? The answer lies in his defensive drive at Imola in 2005 against Michael Schumacher and THAT 2012 season long campaign. VERY GREAT.

  13. BreakingValtteri Bottas quickest in FP2

    2. Verstappen

    3. Ricciardo

    4. Hamilton

    5. Raikkonen

    6. Vettel

    7. Grosjean

    8. Hulkenberg

    9. Magnussen

    10. Ocon

  14. Red bulls are up there

    The Red Bulls, like Mercedes, have also had a lot of success here over the years with Sebastian Vettel, but that was when they had the best car. Their last win was in 2013 when Vettel won the championship.

    Do they have the long run pace this weekend?

    Verstappen and Ricciardo are currently in P2 and P3 0.044, and 0.192 secs off Bottas, so the margins are small between the top three...

    Red Bull
  15. Vandoorne to work with Mercedes

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at Yas Marina

    Stoffel Vandoorne Formula E

    Fernando Alonso is not the only McLaren driver bowing out of Formula 1 this weekend, although he is the only one with a special livery on his car in his honour. Stoffel Vandoorne also leaves, after two seasons in which he has not lived up to the promise many believed he had from his stellar junior career. The Belgian is jumping straight into a career in the all-electric Formula E with the Mercedes-affiliated HWE team, which will become a full factory effort the following season.

    And an interesting twist has emerged here - Vandoorne, who is rated highly by Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff, will also do simulator work for Mercedes in F1. “That's an exciting part for me, to still be involved in the F1 world, to be with the world champions as well,” he said. “It will be a very interesting move. I'm sure I can bring them a lot of fresh ideas, but also for me to see the differences there are, because I've only been at work with McLaren in F1. It's exciting for me as well to kind of have a bit of a fresh environment.

    "It's definitely good to keep involved in the [F1] world, because we never know what happens in the future. To be involved with Mercedes and to perform the work for them is good, they will know exactly what I'm capable of doing.”

  16. Post update

    Speaking of McLaren...

  17. Cruising in P13

    Fernando Alonso