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Abu Dhabi GP as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1513: Queen's "We Are The Champions" blares out in the Red Bull garage and engineers and mechanics start an Abu Dhabi karaoke. Think there will be a massive party with those boys. Oh... hang on it's on repeat. They might be playing that song a few times tonight. So the curtain falls on an incredible season. Doesn't Bahrain seem like a long time ago? It has been a privilege to have been a part of it. Thank you so much for having me and for your company and messages throughout the year, you've been wonderful. Take care of yourselves, and each other. Bye bye.

chharvey on Twitter: "Surprisingly, Vettel was 7-1 pre-season. Glad I put that tenner on him!!!"

1506: A beaming Vettel struggles to get his words out as he contemplates being a world champion. "It has been an incredible journey with Red Bull," he says. "There have been ups and downs this season and to win the championship... it's unbelievable."

1501: Alonso is pretty philosophical about his team's strategy. "After the race it is always very easy to see the best strategy. If we didn't stop, Webber would probably overtake us, if we stop, we let Rosberg and Petrov overtake us, very difficult call," he says. Vettel's father Norbert is in the pit-lane and is interviewed by the BBC One team. Not sure if he knows what's hit him. "This is the best moment after the birth of my children," he says. I'm welling up.

harrierpaulh66 on Twitter: "Three world champions on the podium - what an appropriate end to the season. Well done Vettel, never mind Nando."

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The future is bright-The Future IS Arsenal on 606: "The plaudits are going to go to Vettel for another fantastic drive. But the unsung heroes of the race were Vitaly Petrov and Jaime Alguersuari. Held off much faster cars for the majority of the race to prevent Webber and Alonso from having a sniff at the championship."

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mduchezeau on 606: "Can you blame Alonso? Whether he's right or wrong to have a blast at Petrov, he's just seen a world title slip through his grasp."

1453: The top-three drivers exchange hugs before they go out onto the podium. Even from Hamilton, the man who Vettel has replaced as youngest world champion. Vettel is grinning from ear to ear during the anthems. "He fully deserves to be the world champion," says Brundle.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It's unbelievable! It's been a very emotional week for this team. It's the first time Sebastian has led the world championship and he's done it when it counted, at the last race of the year. Mark [Webber] can also be very proud of his efforts this season. We're double world champions - it's unbelievable!"

1447: Alonso sits at the back of his garage. What must be going through his mind? Ferrari team members pat him on the back as they try to console him. Alonso is not saying a word. On his in-lap Alonso expressed his anger at Petrov as the cars went side-by-side. "Get real son," says Brundle. "Of course Petrov is going to hold track position."
Race result: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg, Kubica (7th - Alonso, 8th - Webber)
Final standings: Vettel (256), Alonso (252), Webber (242), Hamilton (240)

1445: Red Bull wait before they start to celebrate... but when the result is confirmed they go bonkers. Can't blame them really. Congratulations Red Bull. Congratulations Sebastian Vettel. The youngest world champion. The emotions come to the surface on the in-lap and Vettel begins to cry when Horner tells him what he has achieved. "I love you," says Vettel. Bless. I want to give him a hug.



Lap 55: Vettel is on his final lap. This is it.

Lap 54: Ted Kravitz speculates how difficult it is going to be for the Ferrari management team to explain to Alonso how their strategy call led to him losing the title. That should be a fun meeting.

Lap 52: "All respect to Petrov, he's driven a great race," says Brundle as he talks about him holding off the advances of Alonso. I wonder be too sure Alonso is thinking that at the minute. The Spaniard goes very deep at Turn 17 but is not close enough to trouble the Russian Renault driver.

Lap 51: "Have a go at Alonso, see if you can pass him," Webber is told. Doesn't seem a lot of point now really. McLaren are hoping that Vettel will back off to give Hamilton some hope but there's little chance of that. Vettel's 10.4 clear. Game over.

Lap 50: Just five laps to go now. Vettel is cruising and leads Hamilton by 9.9 seconds. Should he win the title, he will become the youngest world champion at the age of 23.

Lap 47: Whoa, Kubica runs wide as he exits that tricky underground pit-lane exit. I wonder if the stewards' will look at that? Crucially, he comes out in fifth ahead of Petrov and ahead of Alonso and Webber.
Race as it stands: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg, Kubica
Title as it stands: Vettel (256), Alonso (252), Webber (242), Hamilton (240)

Lap 46: Timo Glock retires. His Virgin Racing car has ground to a halt. In other news, Kubica is in for his pit stop.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's not all over yet, but it's heading that way. Webber has had a very quiet weekend. The pressure was just too much in the end."

Lap 44: Alonso is just not making any ground on Petrov. He is nowhere near close enough to make a dive at the Turn Seven hairpin. "He needs to start taking risks now," says Brundle.

Lap 42: Alonso is seeing his championship dream slip away as he is still stuck behind Petrov. There's more encouragement from his race engineer Andrea Stella. "Use the best of your talent, we know how big it is, use it."
Race as it stands: Vettel, Kubica, Hamilton, Button, Sutil.
Title as it stands: Vettel (256), Alonso (250), Webber (240), Hamilton (234)

Lap 40: Vettel leads Kubica by 12.1 seconds and Hamilton by 12.8. The gap to Alonso is 34.2 seconds.

Lap 38: And there we have it... Button finally pits and Vettel leads the race.

Lap 37: Vettel sets a 1:42.705 while Alonso is still languishing down in eighth. Kubica, who is still to pit, is 20-odd seconds clear of the Spaniard.

anku_thakur on Twitter: "OK, who expected Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg to come in between Alonso and the World Drivers' Championship..??

Lap 34: Vettel sets the quickest lap so far - a 1:42.942. Kubica is still keeping Hamilton from passing. "Robert Kubica is really frustrating McLaren now. He's holding up Hamilton and he's effectively preventing Button from pitting," says Brundle. "He is a fly in the ointment of McLaren's plans."
Race as it stands: Button, Vettel, Kubica, Hamilton, Sutil
Title as it stands: Vettel (249), Alonso (246), Webber (238), Hamilton (234)

Lap 32: Problems for Hamilton. "I am going to have to pit again, my front left is really bad," he says. He'll need to persuade his team of that though, "We afford any pit stops, not unless we have to." By the way, this is probably a good time to mention our driver tracker feature to see where everyone's track position is. Have a look why don't you.

BBC F1 pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "There are faces like a black Monday in the Ferrari garage as they see the championship slipping away from them. And the thing is they didn't have to pit Alonso when they did."

Lap 31: Hamilton is all over Kubica at the Turn Seven hairpin. No cigar though. The McLaren team are trying to keep him positive. "Keep trying, you will get your chance."

Lap 30: Vettel sets a 1:43.302 and has a comfortable cushion over Hamilton. This is his title to lose.

Lap 29: Alonso goes wide at Turn One again. Oh to be able to hear to that Ferrari team radio. "Frustration is creeping in for the super-calm Spaniard Alonso," says Brundle. "It's not really working work out for him."

Lap 27: Alonso is yet to get past Petrov. How costly is this for him? As F1 commentator Jonathan Legard says, Vettel has never led the championship this season. He is at the moment.

Lap 26: So then, Button leads but has yet to pit. Vettel is second, crucially ahead of Kubica and Hamilton - who has got past Kobayashi for fourth. "How is he so far ahead?" asks Hamilton. "Pace through the pit stop," is the reply. Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race a 1:43.564.

Lap 25: That was a rapid stop from Vettel... and he comes out ahead of Hamilton. "That could have been a world-championship winning pit-stop," says Brundle.

Lap 24: "Give it everything you have got," Vettel is told. And then he pits. Where will he come out? This is massive.

Lap 23: "Alonso has to pass Petrov and Rosberg for the title if Vettel is to win the race," says Brundle. Alonso goes for it at Turn One... he doesn't do it. He runs wide. Luckily for him, Webber is not on his tail and cannot take advantage. Very nervy times. Hamilton pits.

Lap 21: In case he didn't realise it already, Alonso gets a shove on. "I know you are trying your best," he is told. "But it's critical that you pass Petrov." Indeed it is. This is costing Alonso badly. Hamilton closes the gap to Vettel to 1.8 seconds.

Lap 19: Vettel has extended his lead over Hamilton to 2.1 seconds. Alonso has got past Alguersuari and now has Petrov in his sights. He's around 28 seconds behind Vettel now, with the Red Bull driver still to stop. "Vettel's going to win the title," says a colleague. It's certainly looking good for him at the moment.

Lap 17: Heidfeld sets the fastest lap with a 1:44.982. I have not written that in the latter part of this season I'm sure.
Race as it stands: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Kobayashi, Kubica
Title as it stands: Vettel (256), Alonso (246), Hamilton (240), Webber (238)

Lap 16: In front of Webber is the answer. It was close though. How long can Alguersuari, who drives for Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso, hold Alonso up? "Webber lost a lot of time behind Alguersuari," Alonso is told over the team radio. "We focus on ourselves now."

Lap 15: That Turn 19 is causing all sorts of problems. Alonso almost ploughs into the wall. Now the Spaniard comes in... where will he file out?

Lap 14: Well that didn't work out as planned did it? Massa comes out behind Webber. Oops. That could be a big mistake. Webber eventually overtakes Alguersuari for 14th.
Race as it stands: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Barrichello
Title as it stands: Alonso (258), Vettel (256), Hamilton (240), Webber (238)

Lap 13: And Massa is in for his stop. "Ferrari are playing this tactically," says Brundle. "They want him to hold up Webber."

Lap 12: And Webber is in 16th, behind the likes of Alguersuari and Petrov. "Traffic is going to wreck Webber's race," says Brundle. Vettel is only 0.9 seconds ahead of Hamilton. This is very spicy.

Lap 11: "I'm losing the rear tyres," says Webber... and he pits. He's going to come out in all sorts of traffic. "He's in trouble now," says Brundle. Hamilton is now 1.1 seconds off Vettel.

Lap 10: Hamilton's closing the gap to Vettel - it's 1.7 seconds now.

Lap nine: "Webber is struggling for pace at the moment," says Brundle. Massa is closing in. The two Ferrari drivers are lapping faster than the Aussie at the moment. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz speculates that he may be saving a bit of fuel for an attack a bit later on.

Lap eight: Vettel streaking away now. There's a 1:45.337. The gap between him and Hamilton is 2.1 seconds. Webber comes round Turn 19 and has a big moment with his right front tyre scraping the barrier. Close.

Lap seven: Vettel posts the fastest lap of 1:45.615. And there's more action involving eighth-placed Kobayashi who overtakes Barrichello but cannot make it stick. BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Kobayashi is brilliant isn't he? It's like he gets to the normal braking point and goes: 'Now, which was the braking point again?' And then just sails past."

Lap six: Right then, Vettel leads and the gap between him and Hamilton is 1.2 seconds. Then it's Button 1.9 seconds further back. Brundle notes that Alonso might be struggling for pace and could be backing up Webber. "It suits Alonso to do that," adds Brundle. "He doesn't care if Vettel wins the race."

Lap five: Hamilton complains that his front brakes are not great. The safety car comes in and as Vettel slows at the end of the lap, Hamilton almost overtakes him. Crikey. We are back racing.

Lap four: The mess seems to have been cleared although the marshals are working hard with their brooms to get rid of the detritus. Rosberg, Petrov, Alguersuari, Di Grassi, Senna and Klien all pitted when the safety car came out. Schumacher is walking down the pit lane now, he looks remarkably relaxed considering what has just happened. He's smiling for goodness sake. These drivers are made of hard stuff.

Lap two: Hamilton asks if his car is all right. "We are checking," is the reply. He is obviously concerned that he made contact with Vettel at the start. The cars are avoiding the mess at Turn Six and are shortcutting between Five and Seven. Safety car is still out.
Race as it stands: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Webber
Title as it stands: Alonso (258), Vettel (256), Webber (248), Hamilton (240)

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle on Schumacher: "That would have been one scary view from the visor of his crash helmet. That was a lucky escape for Michael Schumacher."

Lap one: Liuzzi's Force India lifted up as it hit Schumacher and almost took the German's head off. That was a horrible incident and Schumacher is very, very lucky. That all happened at Turn Six.

Safety car
Someone has crashed
Lap one: Great start for Button. He's up to third. Hang on... the two Mercedes drivers come together and Schumacher spins. Vitantonio Liuzzi smacks into him. Big, big shunt. Safety car.

1303: Here we go...

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Grimsby_Robin on 606: "I have been a Sebastian Vettel fan for years and years! Since way before he ever came into F1 and hope he can somehow win the title today."

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mduchezeau on 606: "I believe the person who wins the title will be the most deserving as they have the most points. Over a long season like this, I feel things balance themselves out just about."

1300: As the sun starts to set, the cars embark on the formation lap. Can you feel the tension?

McLaren's Jenson Button: "In some ways it's a shame for these guys (the title contenders) that we're involved. But that's the way it is in motor racing. When you're braking into Turn One, you don't think about whether the guy you're racing is in championship contention. And that's the way it should be."

1257: We are very, very close now. How are you feeling? My hands are shaking. How on earth do the drivers feel? Over the team radio, Alonso is told to straight for the first few hundred metres at the start because the grip "is very good". EJ is going for Alonso to win the title, so is Coulthard. You?

Red Bull's Mark Webber: "I feel pretty good, mate, actually. It's been a long and amazing season. Today is the day it's going to be decided. Obviously I hope it's in my favour."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It's just another race. I'm delighted we got the constructors' [championship] out of the way last week. Now we have two drivers who can win the world championship and we just have to go for it."

1252: Alonso is surrounded by an enormous amount of people and the King of Spain is there to wish him luck. No pressure then. By the way, if you want to watch the Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker chat, have a look here. Also, our driver tracker will be in the console at the top of this page and also in a stand-alone player.

1250: A breathless Brundle now has to run to the commentary box. A fitter man than me, obviously. "That was the maddest grid I have been on," he says. "It's going to be a busy afternoon, with lots of permutations, and I hope nothing happens at the first corner to eliminate half of that story."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Lewis Hamilton has been impressively cool this weekend. If Hamilton wins the race he can only take the title if Alonso fails to score, Webber is sixth or below and Vettel finishes third or lower. 'We lost ground in Hungary, Monza and Singapore,' reflected Hamilton, who is heading for a post-season holiday in Los Angeles. 'That is when it fell from our reach but we are still here, just, and we don't have any pressure on us.' McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh added: 'We still harbour ambitions for Lewis to be world champion and we will do until the last lap. Lewis has won a championship like that so we are not going to give up. We are going for a one-two.'"

1246: Our intrepid duo, Brundle and EJ, grab a little word with Vettel but despite the mass of people on the grid, they are not having much joy elsewhere. FIA president Jean Todt is milling around but has no words for the BBC. Bad times. Just 14 minutes to go now.

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Dave in London: "Most deserving champion has to be Webber! Not bad for a number two driver, come on Mark."

McLaren's Jenson Button: "The car is much better [after changing brake discs]. We're just going to get the maximum points we can. Our car is quick here. Saturdays have sometimes been a weakness for me this season and it's something I'm going to have to solve for next year."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "We may be preparing to say 'hello' to the new world champion but we are also saying 'goodbye' to tyre supplier Bridgestone. The Japanese company is bowing out after 14 years as Italian supplier Pirelli takes over in 2011. The teams will get their first chance to test the performance of the new tyres over two days of testing in Abu Dhabi next week. In the meantime, Bridgestone is celebrating its 242nd race and in that time the teams have used a massive 700,000 tyres."

1239: Stat attack. Apparently, this is the 26th time in which there has been a championship decider at the last race. Of the previous 25, the championship leader going into the race has won the title on 15 occasions. It's only two on the gridwalk. Brundle and EJ. Bedlam. They try to speak to Alonso but they are told very politely - no. And there's the King Of Spain. I wonder if he's clocked EJ's trousers?

rrengland3 on Twitter: "These are the circumstances were Hamilton produces results. This has been one of the best seasons I have ever watched. Only qualm that Schumacher hasn't been on the podium."

1236: It's chaos on the grid. Jake, EJ and Coulthard are all having a stroll and they eventually meet up with Brundle. Is this going to be a four-man gridwalk? Madness.

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Ryushinku on 606: "Can you imagine the firestorm if Alonso and Lewis smack into each other... "

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Outgoing world champion Jenson Button was asked how he felt about being a kingmaker during the race as his performance from fourth on the grid could upset the four contenders vying for points. Button laughed off the suggestion, however, saying: 'Nothing will change this race because I'm racing people who are fighting for the championship. They have to watch out for us more than the other way around. If you start driving differently that's when accidents can happen. My aim is to finish on the podium as I did last year.'"

1234: Legends Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker are chewing the fat about the 2010 championship. Moss is asked whether Vettel would move over for Webber to allow the Aussie to take the lead and to win the world title. Moss replies: "No. It would be a nice gesture but I don't think he will."

1232: As I was about to leave work yesterday afternoon, my boss asked me: "Who would be the most deserving world champion?" Couldn't answer it to be honest. Thankfully, he said he had been wrestling with that question for weeks and still hadn't reached a conclusion. Thoughts?

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Michaela in Notts via text: "David's bright blue jeans look sprayed on! Not giving up on Lewis, he could cause an upset. Its going to be exciting."

1228: "There's no love lost between Mark and Sebastian," says Coulthard. "And as team boss Christian Horner said, they will not be spending their holidays together any time soon." How's the nerves by the way?

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Sebastian Vettel put himself in the very best position to mount his title challenge by grabbing his 10th pole of the season. From there he can control the race and wait to see how the results fall around him. If he finishes third or below he is out of the race. He says: 'The main target is to finish the race. If I win I'll be happy. It's not dependent on me so all I can do it maximise our performance. It will be a long race and there are screens around the track so there will be time enough to see where the others have finished and if there is something to celebrate.'"

ferrarese_ander on Twitter: "Greetings from Brazil! Live on BBC following the F1 coverage. Although Red Bull cars are superior, Alonso is well prepared to win."

1223: Those old sparring partners Alonso and Hamilton may have had their run-ins in the past but the Spaniard is hoping for a strong performance from Lewis to help his title challenge. "Hopefully Hamilton can have a good start, overtake Vettel and win the race," he said.

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Ben in London via text: "Do Eddie and David spend the morning together picking their clothes? The amount of time the come out wearing similar attire is astronomical!"

Simon Pegg tries out a Lotus
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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Orlo, I've done my best to go out and find a genuine celeb for you and, would you believe I bumped into British comedian and writer Simon Pegg? The Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek actor - and as it turns out an old neighbour of mine - is here as a guest of Lotus. He tells me he is having a thoroughly jolly time and even got to sit in the car! Lotus haven't confirmed their 2011 driver line-up yet, is Pegg trying to widen their options?"
What can I say Sarah? My celeb cup is overflowing.

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Logos on 606: "It's Alonso's title. He's too experienced to get caught up in some silly racing. He'll just keep cool and cruise home."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Team's forecast saying definitely dry for the race."

1215: There we are - lilac trousers from EJ. Immense. Coulthard, who has gone for a bright blue pair, is pumped. "I want this season to keep going," he says.

TheGMTMaster on Twitter: "This race is going to be huge! A fitting end to an amazing season of racing."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Mark Webber has been keeping himself out of the limelight this weekend but the man who calls himself Aussie Grit is still brimming with a kind of grim determination. The Australian led the championship from Hungary until Japan and is now preparing himself for a battling drive from fifth on the grid. 'The script is impossible to predict,' said Webber, who has extra support here in the shape of parents Diane and Alan Webber. I'm perfectly positioned to capitalise on any misfortune, pit stops, safety-cars - I can still get amongst any of it. It's not handed out yet. Things can change.'"

1210: And on that team orders subject, Jenson Button said: "If Seb is leading the race and Mark is second and Fernando is third, I would fully expect Seb to let Mark past and they will say it was the drivers' opinion - and it would be. If I was leading the race and Lewis was second, with someone in third, if it made a difference for me to let Lewis past or not then I would do it. But that's the drivers' opinion and that's the way it should be." BBC One coverage is go.

1205: There's also been plenty of chatter regarding Red Bull and what they will, or will not, instruct their drivers to do should Webber need to get past Vettel to win the title. Remember their famous incident in Turkey earlier this year? The relationship between the drivers has been fractious at times this season and Red Bull have said they will not impose team orders on their drivers although Vettel told our very own Sarah Holt on Thursday: "If the situation occurs, we know we are driving for the team."

1201: A quick reminder that BBC One coverage starts at 1210 GMT. Not long until you too can feel the full force of Eddie Jordan's trousers. The race is also on BBC Radio 5 live from 1300 GMT. You can catch all of that, as well as our driver feature, in the console at the top of this page.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Adrian Sutil's future has been the subject of speculation in the latter half of 2010 but the German driver all but confirmed this weekend that he will stay at Force India for a fourth season in 2011. 'I haven't signed anything yet but it is going in this direction,' Sutil said. 'It was a successful year for the team, quite consistent, the race pace has been good and I'm confident we can do even better.' There is one change the 27-year-old German will be making for the new campaign and that's buying a new pair of lucky shoes over the winter. Sutil has worn gold, high-top trainers to every race weekend but promises: 'I will sort out [a new pair] during the winter, something flashy.'"
What, and gold high-top trainers aren't flashy? Adrian, you should look at my shoe rack.

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Giles Rees, UAE via text: "Just been on fastest roller coaster in the world and making my way to South grandstand soaking up the atmosphere. What a venue. Not sure about song for the season but as he is playing live after the race how about 'It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night' by Prince?"
Was it the rollercoaster that Fernando Alonso went on this week? That video still makes me smile!

1154: Webber has it all to do as he needs to finish ahead of Alonso in the race to have any chance of winning the title. His body language yesterday wasn't great, even though insisted he will fight all the way. In a telling comment, Webber said about qualifying: "It was one of the first times this season that I looked at the pit board and said: 'I really can't do that time.' Most of the time I can react and get back in the fight but tonight I couldn't do that."

CLAPBRICKFILMS on Twitter: "I haven't been this tense since the last 4 laps of Brazil in 2008."

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Colin in Larkhall via text: "Moment of the season is Alonso's cartoon laugh. If he wins today it should be played on an endless loop into the Red Bull garage. What a day!"

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Alex in Southport via text: "My prediction for the race: Webber will get the jump on Button at the start, and have a collision with Alonso on the first lap. Vettel will suffer some sort of a technical problem towards the end of the race and retire. Hamilton to win the championship!"
That's just crazy talk.

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NandoWolf on 606: "I feel sick."

1146: Talking of Alonso, there has been a lot of chat about the team orders controversy at Hockenheim earlier this season where Ferrari appeared to give a coded message to Felipe Massa to let the Spaniard through for victory. Former FIA chief Max Mosley said yesterday that if Alonso wins the title by less than the seven points he earned in that incident, it would be devalued. Alonso was asked yesterday whether he felt he would deserve the title in those circumstances. "Yes," was the simple answer. So there we are then.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Fans and drivers alike are bracing themselves for a dynamite start as Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Mark Webber off the line, in that order. Alonso needs only to hold his third position ahead of Webber to wrap up the championship even if Vettel wins. Alonso says: 'Normally after the first 10 or 20 metres you can understand if you have had a good or bad start. If you are good you can think of attacking, if not you try to defend. But I will not win the championship in corner one. The only thing we can do [there] is lose it.'"

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Liam in Kent via text: "Drive of the season was Jenson's in Australia. Driver of the season Karun Chandhok just because of how optimistic he has been after losing his drive. Soundtrack has to be 'Butterflies and Hurricanes' by Muse and moment of the season has to be Webber proving Bed Bull does give you wings in Valencia."

dujek on Twitter: "The question is, will Vettel and Webber take each other out and hand the title to Hamilton or Alonso? Highly likely..."

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david-nlog on 606: "Jenson will play a huge role today, if he pips Alonso at the start, Webber will be all over Alonso for the rest of the way... I'm sensing a Vettel win and championship win!"

1139: Yesterday, Vettel cemented his position as King of Poles, and no, that doesn't mean he rules over Robert Kubica, with yet another stunning lap in qualifying. It was his 10th of the year and makes him the seventh driver to reach that figure in a season. Hamilton's McLaren is alongside him on the front row. Alonso qualified third, with Jenson Button fourth and Webber fifth after a disappointing Saturday lunchtime.

1136: I've just caught a glimpse of Eddie Jordan's trousers. They're extraordinary. That is all.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "Orlo, if you are seeking a bit of winter sun for the family Orlovac next year you could do worse than bringing them to the Abu Dhabi race. There are lots of British visitors here and in its second season the event has stepped up its game in terms of entertainment around the spectacular Yas Marina circuit, just in case you need a respite from the racing. If the break-dancing troops, bands, stilt-walkers, pierrot clowns and balloon modellers aren't enough you can even get a polish at the nail art stands."
Holty, we are there. Do you think they'll let me join in with the break-dancing? Actually, thinking about it, maybe not.

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Shah, London via text: "I'm a huge nervous wreck right now, Orlo! The first lap will be immense! My moment of the season: when Alonso said after Silverstone: 'I will win this championship'. Didn't believe him myself then, but how right was he? Forza Ferrari!"

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Anon via text: "Hi Mark. I'm so excited I can't even eat my late breakfast! Driver of the year is Alonso. I thought Germany was disgraceful and undeserved but let's face it, he drove fantastically after that. Moment of the year was Webber winning at Silverstone after that whole front wing fiasco. Song for the season? Thunderstruck by ACDC!"

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on Twitter: "I want to thank all of you for taking the time to hit me up and for believing. You all know me, I won't go down without a fight. God bless!!!!"

1130: We are getting telly shots now of the drivers arriving at the circuit a bit earlier today. They are looking pretty cool, obviously, although I am very unsure about Vettel's retro white shades. Meanwhile, there's a bit of tension in the office as one of my colleagues questions the merit of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album. I'm disgusted.

meakerk78 on Twitter: "I have this sneaky feeling that Hamilton is still going to win this he is the only one driving pressure free."

1126: So if Alonso wins or is second, it's game over. He is champion for a third time. If Webber wins the race, he will claim his maiden world crown if Alonso is third or worse. Vettel will win the title if he wins the race and Alonso is fifth or worse while Hamilton needs to win, Alonso to finish out of the points, Webber to be sixth or worse and Vettel to be third or worse. With me?

SpeedWizz on Twitter: "Can you just imagine for a moment the pressure on those four drivers... this will be unbelievable!!!"

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RKW on 606: "There's bound to be so many twists and turns throughout the afternoon, all this excitement I simply cannot wait!"

FazyWazy11 on Twitter: "I cannot wait for the race today, had to argue with my dad between watching the climax or go shopping for meat, guess who won??"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "BBC man in the know, Martin Brundle, was telling me this weekend that if Fernando Alonso wins a third world title today he will have done it the hard way. The Spaniard's season tailed off after winning the opening Bahrain Grand Prix. He was penalised for jumping the start in Shanghai, sat out qualifying after a crash in Monaco, handed another drive-through penalty in Silverstone and retired in Spa. The indefatigable Spaniard remained unfazed and said on the eve of the season finale: 'I've been confident for the last five months. Now it is only one day to go. There is only one more crossroad - Sunday. Despite what happens 2010 is a great, great year for me.'"

1119: There are a load of permutations with regard to the title battle and I will try my very best to give you a snapshot of the championship as it stands during the race - if my very elementary maths allows me to. In case you need reminding, Alonso leads the way on 246 points, with Webber second - eight points behind. Vettel is on 231 points with Hamilton seemingly needing a miracle on 222 points. And there are 25 points on offer for the win.

Force India on Twitter: "Race day, the deciding race. Atmosphere incredible here, so many people excited to see what happens."

1114: Sorry, did I mention that this is quite big? Excuse me, I'm a little bit excited. This is going to be a right royal tear-up. No doubt. As to what on earth will happen today, well I've given up trying to work out what this campaign is going to throw up a long time ago. So this is where you come in. Title-winning messages are what it is all about today. Give me all of your championship chat on 606, Twitter or text via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. Remember that this weekend I've also asked for your driver, drive and moment of the season, as well as the song you would have playing over the season montage. They have been superb so far, keep them coming.

Mercedes GP on Twitter: "Race day in Abu Dhabi and it's an absolute scorcher!"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Abu Dhabi: "The 2010 season started in the desert of Bahrain and after zigzagging back and forth across the globe we are back in the desert - just 260 miles from where it all began - where the final race of the season will decide who will be crowned champion. In March, 24 drivers began the title chase and four - Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton - are amazingly still in the hunt. The paddock has been abuzz over the last four days with talk of 'the greatest season ever' and there has even been heady talk of 'the greatest race even seen' to settle the championship. Abu Dhabi's day-night race will see the sun set on the season and crown a new world champion. Luckily, we have just hours to wait until we find out just who."

1107: Hello you and a very warm welcome to our coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The climax to this extraordinary 2010 season is finally here and later on this afternoon at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit, one of the four title contenders will be crowned drivers' champion. Simply put, it does not get any bigger.

1103: After eight months, 18 races, 1074 race laps, five different championship leaders and eight changes of lead, we are down to this - four drivers battling it out for one world title. This is no David Haye/Audley Harrison-style handbags. This is the real deal. Let's get it on.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

see also
Vettel win seals maiden F1 title
14 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel storms to Abu Dhabi pole
13 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso wants Hamilton to win race
13 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Webber promises fight to the flag
13 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
No team orders, insist Red Bull
11 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso in prime position - Webber
11 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Title hope still alive - Hamilton
10 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso '100%' confident of title
08 Nov 10 |  Formula 1

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