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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifiers LIVE: Latest F1 updates from Hamilton and Verstappen’s final practice session

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Follow all actions from Grand Prix Abu Dhabi as qualifying will be conducted on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton and Max VerstappenThe battle for the F1 title has come to an end, with Mercedes and Red Bull The riders reached 369.5 points to advance to the decisive race. Their rivalry flared up again last week with Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Chaos, where Hamilton eventually prevailed but not before he was forced off the track by the wide running Verstappen. The Dutchman then slammed on the brakes just ahead of Hamilton in the ensuing race when conceding first place, sending the Briton crashing into the rear of a Red Bull. However, damage to Hamilton’s front wing didn’t stop him from taking the checkered flag for a third straight, and he is currently the favorite to claim a record eighth world championship.

If no rider finishes Sunday’s race by accident, Verstappen will win the championship having won more races this season, which means there will be intense scrutiny in the first corner. Mercedes will be hoping that Valtteri Bottas can produce a strong performance to provide some form of defense against Active driving by Verstappen. Follow all the latest updates from the qualifiers below:

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Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 11:13

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F1: The last practice session is over

The checkers waved and Hamilton couldn’t have been better in his lead. Here are the results of the last practice session:

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 11:05

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F1: Perez offers little threat to Mercedes

Perez is issuing some warnings about being a threat to the front row and sitting in fourth as it stands. He’s still seven tenths of a second behind Hamilton’s fastest lap. The Briton is back on track and looks set to take one last lap.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:59

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F1: Verstappen closes the gap

Now Verstappen posts a flying lap and that’s encouraging for Red Bull. He is just two tenths of a second ahead of Hamilton, and engineers believe the hot track is working in Mercedes’ favor. Remember, it will cool a lot before the qualifiers start at 1pm.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:51

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F1: Verstappen out on soft tyres

Verstappen was now in a state of being unable to use the soft tyres but gave up his flying track after missing a turn on the sixth corner. “It’s unbelievable,” the Dutchman said over his radio.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:48

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F1: Hamilton concerned about car temperatures

Hamilton told the Mercedes team that the back of his car was very hot. The track temperature is now around 38°C, although that should cool down considerably between this final practice session and the start of qualifying.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:43

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F1: Hamilton has now omitted Verstappen in practice

Hamilton is almost 1.5 seconds faster than Verstappen so far, however, the Red Bull driver is still using medium tyres. We’ll get a more realistic look at the gap as he transitions into advanced training near the end of his final workout.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:33

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F1: Hamilton sets new fastest lap

Hamilton had a perfect lap but slipped a bit on turn 13. That didn’t affect the British’s time much, however, setting a new fastest lap of 1:23.27411. Almost 3/4 seconds faster than his teammates.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:31

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F1: Bottas go the fastest

Bottas is currently the fastest with a time of 1:24.02510, three hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Hamilton.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:28

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F1: Perez finished third with Bottas fourth

So much of tomorrow’s Grand Prix could depend on grid order and whether Bottas can grab a top spot and then provide some protection for Hamilton. However, it is Verstappen’s teammate Perez who is currently third fastest in this training session, after posting a lap 1:24,832. Bottas is right behind at 1:25.0458.

Tom KershawDecember 11, 2021 10:23

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