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Live: F1 Abu Dhabi GP commentary and updates – FP1 & FP2

Follow minute-by-minute updates on Friday practice at the Formula 1's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Live: F1 Abu Dhabi GP commentary and updates – FP1 & FP2

F1’s season finale is here, as the paddock descends on the Yas Marina circuit for the Abu Dhabi GP.

Fresh from a dramatic Brazilian GP, where George Russell led a Mercedes 1-2 in the team’s first win of the season and his maiden F1 victory, all eyes will again be on Red Bull following the team orders row that erupted at Interlagos.

Friday’s action sees the standard pair of practice sessions, with a number of rookie drivers on show in FP1.

By: James Newbold, Lewis Duncan, Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb


  • Verstappen tops Friday practice at the Abu Dhabi GP, 0.3s quicker than Russell in FP2
  • Hamilton led Mercedes 1-2 in first practice
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Russell, Mercedes
  3. Leclerc, Ferrari
  4. Hamilton, Mercedes
  5. Perez, Red Bull
  6. Sainz, Ferrari
  7. Ocon, Alpine
  8. Alonso, Alpine
  9. Ricciardo, McLaren
  10. Bottas, Alfa Romeo
Status: Stopped
And that's all from us today, we're off to scout for some lunch. Thanks for joining us, and see you tomorrow!
Here's the report from FP2 - the last of the season - at Abu Dhabi:
Here's the end of FP2, and Verstappen ends the session top - ahead of Russell, Leclerc and Hamilton.
Leclerc's pace around that time was in the mid 1m31s, which was a lick slower than the Mercedes duo. Verstappen's in the high 1m30s, for reference.
Hamilton gets a bit of overtaking practice in with a big DRS run on Zhou into Turn 9. Meanwhile, Leclerc asks "why am I slow?" on his race runs - and the reply is that "our pace is not great". Ferrari isn't exactly optimistic...
Ricciardo's pitted with a suspected oil leak, as his McLaren was puffing a little bit of smoke. Norris, meanwhile, has come in for a change of tyres.
"Derates are massive at the moment," Russell reports. That's him not happy with the energy harvesting maps, so Mercedes might need to fiddle with some software.
After a brief lull in proceedings after the initial flurry of qualifying runs, the majority of the field is back out - and it looks like race run time for the final 15 or so minutes.
Verstappen does a 1m25.146s to extend his margin at the top of the timesheets. He's three tenths up on Russell as it stands.
Alonso has put his car into the top 10 now, going eighth behind team-mate Ocon. This is the Spanish driver's last FP2 session for Alpine, and it's going...okay.
"Apologies for the traffic," Riccardo Musconi says to Russell. "No problemo, as long as it's not there tomorrow," comes a calm reply.
That's second for Russell, a 1m25.487s - just 0.1s behind Verstappen's headline time. Hamilton then puts his Mercedes fourth after setting the best first-sector time of the session.
Zhou's displaced Hamilton from the top 10 with his latest lap, but the Mercedes driver is starting to go quite quickly. Russell's on a quick one too...
It's Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez, Ocon, Sainz, Bottas, Russell, Norris, Vettel and Hamilton completing the upper half of the field so far, as Vettel's aforementioned lap got him into ninth.
We've got the two Aston Martins on soft-tyre laps - and once they're done, we'll have a half-hour top 10 order...
"What's this patch in our pit box? There's a slippery patch," Ricciardo reports. He's not happy with a slightly shiny bit there as he pulls in to pit.
Perez briefly moved up to second, but has been displaced by Leclerc once more. Ocon returns to the upper end of the timing board, slotting his car into fourth.
Albon goes eighth on the softs, before Bottas fires his Alfa Romeo up to third on the quickest compound.
Lots more takers for the soft now, as Latifi peppers the timing board with a few purple sectors - but goes 10th. Schumacher, meanwhile, wants Haas to take a look at the floor.