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Sebastian Vettel tops Abu Dhabi first practice

Second practice is live on the BBC Sport website and 5 live sports extra at 13:00 GMT Sebastian Vettel pipped Lewis Hamilton to set the fastest time in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was 0.12 seconds quicker than the Mercedes of his former title rival, who clinched his fourth championship two races ago in Mexico. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was just 0.028secs behind Hamilton, raising hopes of a three-way fight for victory. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Can…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Who will top qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit

Lewis Hamiton wrapped up a fourth drivers’ world championship in Mexico Nineteen races complete, just one more left to enjoy before the book is closed on another Formula 1 season. The throne is already occupied by a new world champion and a fresh entry written into the history books – Lewis Hamilton becoming the most successful British F1 driver in history when he secured his fourth title at the Mexico Grand Prix. The only slight dampener on the celebratory mood is Hamilton is yet to take the full applause of…

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Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have learned from 2017 mistakes

How to mess up your title bid in five seconds Sebastian Vettel says he and Ferrari have learned from their mistakes in 2017 but admits it will be “massively tough” to beat Mercedes next year. Vettel led the championship for 12 of 20 races but driving errors and poor reliability enabled Lewis Hamilton to win with two races remaining. “We had two or three races that turned out to be very costly for different reasons,” the German said. “There were lessons to be taken, some obvious and some hidden.” He…

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Robert Kubica to test for Williams with view to Formula 1 return

Robert Kubica claimed his first and only win in Formula 1 in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix Robert Kubica will test for Williams in Abu Dhabi after this weekend’s season-closing grand prix. The test is effectively the final step in an evaluation process to see if the Pole can return to Formula 1 in 2018 after seven years away. Williams will also assess Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin. The Russian has emerged as a candidate along with Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein and Paul Di Resta, although Kubica remains their first…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton set to collect fourth world title

At 160m (520 ft) and 35 storeys high Capital Gate is one of the tallest buildings in the city. In 2010, it was Guinness World Record-certified as “the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower” The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has become a destination event, and it’s easy to see why. European – and especially British – fans increasingly choose it as a race to visit, perhaps dovetailing it with a holiday for a bit of winter sun. The weather is reliably good – low-to-mid 30Cs. It’s not too far away –…

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Fernando Alonso performs ‘very well’ in Le Mans prototype car, says Toyota adviser

Alonso clocked up 611 kilometres in the No.8 Toyota hybrid Fernando Alonso performed “very well” during his first experience of a Le Mans prototype car on Sunday, according to Toyota adviser Alex Wurz. The double Formula 1 champion completed 113 laps for the Toyota world endurance championship team at a test in Bahrain. Wurz – a two-time Le Mans winner – said: “Fernando is one of the best race drivers out there. “So, as you would expect, he adapted quickly to a rather unique driving style.” Alonso, who is set…

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F1 gossip: Alonso, Hamilton, Rosberg, Kubica, Sainz, Honda, Renault

Fernando Alonso returned to McLaren for the 2015 season McLaren-Honda’s racing director Eric Boullier has suggested that for Fernando Alonso to compete in F1 and World Endurance Championship in the same season would be a “huge distraction”. The Spaniard drove over 100 laps testing Toyota’s LMP1 car in Bahrain at the weekend. (The Checkered Flag) Lewis Hamilton is excited about the prospect of going head to head with another four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, next season. (PlanetF1.com) Former world champion Nico Rosberg is still trying to find a way back…

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Felipe Massa set for F1 farewell at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Think he enjoyed that one? Michael Schumacher gives Massa a champagne soaking after the Brazilian won his first grand prix in Turkey in 2006 Sometimes retirement isn’t always final. At last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa walked through the Interlagos pits after crashing his Williams and ended up in floods of tears as the crowd cheered wildly and members of other teams clapped and formed a guard of honour. He eventually fell into an embrace with his wife and son, and the tears fell faster still. He had only…

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Fernando Alonso: Toyota confirm LMP1 sportscar test in Bahrain

Alonso missed the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indianapolis this year Toyota have confirmed Fernando Alonso will test their LMP1 sportscar at a rookie session in Bahrain on Sunday. BBC Sport revealed earlier this month that Alonso, 36, is set to race for Toyota in the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours. The one-day test will give the McLaren F1 driver his first experience of Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid car. “Fernando is very interested by Le Mans as well as endurance racing and he is keen to drive a state-of-the-art hybrid…

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How Michael Schumacher’s £5.5m Ferrari won in Monaco 2001

Michael Schumacher won his final Monaco Grand Prix in the Chassis #211 Ferrari and his fourth world title A slice of motorsport history has become the most expensive modern-era Formula 1 car ever sold at auction. Michael Schumacher’s final Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari went under the hammer at Sotherby’s in New York and collected more than £5.5m. The F2001 (chassis number 211) also sealed Schumacher his fourth world title of seven at the Hungarian Grand Prix. A portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated by the former owner…

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