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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That is all for today. We will be back up and running at 09:30 GMT for third practice. Have a nice night and see you on Saturday.

  2. Bottas top despite bizarre Grosjean crash - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Abu Dhabi


    Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton to a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Bottas was 0.310 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who was 0.076secs faster than Ferrari's Charles Leclerc as the season's final race weekend began.

    Bottas had an unusual crash for a practice session when he and Haas' Romain Grosjean collided at a chicane. The Finn dived for the inside at the end of the second long straight and Grosjean turned in having not seen him.

    Both cars suffered extensive damage and showered the circuit with debris, causing the session to be stopped for seven minutes while the track was cleared.

    Until his crash, Bottas was on excellent form around Yas Marina on Friday, fastest in both sessions, but the Finn has a grid penalty for excessive engine usage and will start the race from the back of the grid.

  3. Session two times

    These are the times from session two. Very much in team order at the top, and at the bottom.

  4. BreakingBottas fastest in second session

    Fastest in session one and fastest in session two, Valtteri Bottas tops the times again. He even had a late smash with Romain Grosjean, but managed to get back out there before the end.

    It's a Mercedes one-two with Lewis Hamilton second. Then it's the two Ferraris with Charles Leclerc ahead of Sebastian Vettel and then the two Red Bulls with Max Verstappen ahead of Alexander Albon.

    Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly make up the rest of the top 10.

  5. Post update

    The smash between Bottas and Grosjean ended the Haas man's day, but not the Mercedes' one. Bottas fastest, just as he was earlier on in session one. A real shame he starts at the back no matter what he does.

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  6. Post update

    With five minutes to go, our top 10 are...

    1. Bottas
    2. Hamilton
    3. Leclerc
    4. Vettel
    5. Verstappen
    6. Albon
    7. Grosjean
    8. Perez
    9. Kvyat
    10. Gasly
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    Grosjean and Bottas collide #bbcf1

    Kayleigh: “To whom it may concern” Bottas is baaaack

  8. Radio message - Hamilton

    "Who crashed?"

    Engineer: "Valtteri and Grosjean. Grosjean turned in."

    "Could have guessed."

  9. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas is already going to be starting at the back on Sunday, but this wouldn't have helped.

    He won two of the opening four races of the season and we all thought it would be a potential title challenge, but his season is ending in a disappointing fashion.

  10. Red flag

    That's the end of the day for both Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean.

  11. Team radio - Bottas

    He turned in on me and didn't leave any space.

  12. 'Unnecessary from Bottas'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    In practice you don't need to be doing that. Grosjean would not be expecting a lunge like that in practice. In a race fine, it would be a racing incident, but it was a bit unnecessary from Bottas.

  13. Grosjean and Bottas collide

    Bottas dives down the inside, Romain Grosjean does not see him, they smash into each other, with loads of damage for both of them.

    "What the **** is that," said Grosjean.

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  14. Post update

    Podium last time out in Brazil and both Toro Rossos are in the top 10 now, although Pierre Gasly has just said that "something very strange is happening with the engine".

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  15. Top 10 with 30 mins to go

    1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1:36.256
    2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.31
    3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +0.386
    4. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +0.435
    5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +0.551
    6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) +1.032
    7. Romain Grosjean (Haas) +1.345
    8. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) +1.381
    9. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) +1.395
    10. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) +1.514
  16. Post update

    A reminder, Nicholas Latifi had his 2020 drive for Williams confirmed this week, so these are the 20 that will be entertaining us next year.

    F1 drivers
  17. Six stars

    Lewis Hamilton is showcasing a new helmet design for the final run out this weekend.

    Lewis Hamilton helmet
  18. Giovinazzi spins

    Lucky, lucky, lucky from Giovinazzi. He loses the rear end of his Alfa Romeo, flings it around and just about avoids wrecking his car into the wall. A three-point turn and he's back on track.

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    James MacDonald: Not a highlight really, but the way the paddock were able to unite and the drivers were able to race over the same track that had killed Anthoine Hubert the previous day pressed home just what incredible people everyone involved in F1 are. I can't imagine how hard that was.

    Anthoine Hubert tribute