F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix



Afternoon all. @aidanleape here with you, to bring you the final race of this 2017 F1 Season. A season that promised so much in the early stages, but has, in the end become a bit of a procession as Lewis Hamilton coasted to yet another world title. Let's get you some music to get into the mood

Lights out is just 10 minutes away, so whilst we wait, I'll get you acquainted with the grid: Bottas, Hamilton Vettel, Ricciardo Raikkonen, Verstappen Hulkenberg, Perez Ocon, Massa Alonso, Sainz Vandoorne, Magnussen Stroll, Grosjean Gasly, Wehrlein Ericsson, Hartley

As we've said, the Driver's Championship is all sewn up, but there is a fascinating battle in the Constructors Table in the race for 6th place. Toro Rosso lie there currently with 53 points. However, Renault (49) and Haas (47) are lurking with intent. It's been said to be some £10 million difference between 6th and 7th, so it's worth a watch.

Those toasty tyre blankets are off. The lights on the back of the cars are flashing, off goes the parade lap All on the purple striped Ultra Soft bar the back three, that's Wehrlein, Ericsson and Hartley. On that 6th place, the thing to know is, if Hulkenberg can hold his 7th place, Renault will make the leap. Toro Rosso not in a great position to defend there spot, starting 17th and 20th.

Final couple of corners then for Bottas on pole. He's just set to get into his slot now, stalked by his teammate and that menacing red of Vettel.

Here we go then. For the final time this season. WE. ARE. RACING.

Bottas holds position. It's all very much formation flying. Back down the pack, there is a spin from Magnussen.

Ocon is through past Magnussen. Not the ideal start for Renault. Raikkonen and Ricciardo having a ding dong battle. Ricciardo is back through to regain his 4th place.

L2/55: Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkponen, Verstappen, Hulkenberg (has his place back), Perez, Ocon

L2/55: Seems Hulkenberg and Perez had a bit of a to-do down in T11. Seems as though both drivers have been off the track, and both are on the radio blaming each other. Perez feels like the position should be given back. Hulkenberg is understandably reluctant.