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22 Nov - 25 Nov
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Strategy Report: How the same pit call led to different outcomes

James Allen revisits the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the call to make an early pitstop proved a winning one for Lewis Hamilton – but costly for others who became mired in traffic.

Haas chooses not to appeal failed Force India protest

The Haas Formula 1 team has decided not to appeal the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stewards’ decision to dismiss its protest against Racing Point Force India.

Paint caused crumbling kerb in Abu Dhabi

The crumbling kerb that did not "look very Formula 1 standard" in Abu Dhabi last weekend was caused by the concrete being pulled off by the thick paint on top.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix driver ratings

For 60% of the Formula 1 field, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a farewell - either to their current employer or to F1 itself, at least for now. Some exited with their heads held high, others showed with their performance why it's time to move on.

How Hamilton won 'race zero' of 2019

If Lewis Hamilton's rivals were looking for some hope to take into the winter for 2019, they didn't find much in a crushing display to close out his best season yet.

F1 Debrief: Will Smith doesn't slow Hamilton, Hulkenberg flips out

Good morning. Welcome to the morning after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton put the seal on his fifth world championship with his 11th win of the season, despite the distraction of having Will Smith attempting to steal his car, while Nico Hulkenberg was flipped out by Romain Grosjean. So let’s look at the stories behind the headlines…

FIA bemused by Alonso cutting corners "three laps in a row"

FIA race director Charlie Whiting believes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stewards were "surprised" by Fernando Alonso cutting the track three times in quick succession in the race.

Halo did not compromise Hulkenberg extraction - Whiting

FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Nico Hulkenberg's halo did not compromise the Renault Formula 1 driver's extraction following his first-lap crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Bottas: Abu Dhabi GP mirrored campaign by "turning to s**t"

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix mirrored his 2018 Formula 1 season as a whole, as it started off promisingly before “everything turned to s**t”.

Verstappen blinded by oil from Gasly's Honda engine

Max Verstappen says oil from Pierre Gasly's failing Honda Formula 1 engine left him with a "horrible" lack of vision in the closing laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Will Smith "completely changed" pre-race pattern

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says recording videos with film star Will Smith "completely changed" his pre-race pattern and added to an "unconventional" Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Hulkenberg "couldn't see" Grosjean before airborne crash

Nico Hulkenberg “couldn’t see” Romain Grosjean as they clashed on the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi race, which sent the Renault Formula 1 driver into his spectacular airborne accident.

Ricciardo says his strategy put leaders "out of reach"

Daniel Ricciardo says his alternative strategy that allowed him to lead part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix left him "out of reach" in the lead battle at the end.

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton wins as Hulkenberg rolls

Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning Formula 1 season by dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which featured a dramatic first-lap crash for Nico Hulkenberg.

Verstappen wants answers after tyre temperature confusion

Max Verstappen says Red Bull is looking into the tyre-temperature confusion that impacted his final run in qualifying for Formula 1's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vandoorne "relieved" to put final F1 qualifying behind

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne says he felt "quite relieved" following his final Formula 1 qualifying session in Abu Dhabi after what has been a disappointing season for the Belgian driver.

"Shy" Alonso "embarrassed" by F1 farewell tributes

Fernando Alonso says he would like to be "invisible" until after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as he admits he is not a big fan of all the tributes ahead of his final Formula 1 race.

Hamilton says "killer" final sector got him pole

Lewis Hamilton believes the final part of his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pole position lap was the "killer" that meant he topped the final qualifying of the Formula 1 season.

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton leads all-Mercedes front row

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Grosjean, Gasly escape penalty after FP3 collision

Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly have both escaped penalty after they collided in FP3 in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton leads Raikkonen in final practice

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Saturday's practice session ahead of the final Formula 1 qualifying session of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Ricciardo predicts tears after final Red Bull hit-out

Daniel Ricciardo reckons he'll have "a right good cry" after his final hit-out for Red Bull Racing at this weekend's Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Maurizio ARRIVABENE (Ferrari), Toto WOLFF (Mercedes), Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing), Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point Force India).

Why Red Bull-Renault has shot at victory in partnership swansong

Red Bull won in Mexico and should have won in Brazil but for the intervention of Esteban Ocon. But its pace in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday practice suggests one final victory with Renault power should not be ruled out.

Surprising hypersoft pace limits Q2 options for top F1 teams

A "surprising" gap between the performance of the hypersoft and the ultrasoft tyre at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix makes it unlikely that the top three teams will be able to get through Q2 on the harder tyres, reckons Pirelli.

Troublesome Abu Dhabi kerb being repaired

The sausage kerb added to the exit of the penultimate corner of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit is being repaired but is unlikely to receive revisions until next year's race.

Hamilton ran #1 despite "not liking it at all"

Lewis Hamilton has explained why he ran the number one on his Mercedes Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix first practice, even though he dislikes it.

Abu Dhabi kerb not up to "F1 standard" - Grosjean

Romain Grosjean believes the long kerb between the final two corners at the Yas Marina circuit is not "F1 standard" after it started to break up during free practice.

Sirotkin surprised by timing of "worst run" in 2018

Williams Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin says it was "a bit weird" to have his "worst run of the year" in practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Damaged Hamilton engine "looks normal" - Mercedes

Mercedes’ initial analysis of Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 engine after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice is that it “all looks normal” after the damage sustained during the previous race.

Mercedes willing to risk wheel protest in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes says it is willing to risk the threat of a protest at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by running its wheel spacers for the season finale.

Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas outpaces Red Bulls in FP2

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Why 2019 front wing run offers limited value for Ferrari

Ferrari ran a simplified front wing on Kimi Raikkonen's car during the first Formula 1 free practice session at Abu Dhabi in preparation for the 2019 season's rule changes.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP1

Max Verstappen used hypersoft tyres to lead a Red Bull one-two in opening practice for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes adjusts Hamilton's engine after problem

Mercedes is hoping that Lewis Hamilton will be able to contest the Abu Dhabi GP with the same engine that caused concern in Brazil, thus avoiding any grid penalties.

Abu Dhabi GP: Thursday's press conference

Drivers: DRIVERS - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Fernando ALONSO (McLaren), Lando NORRIS (2019 McLaren Driver), George RUSSELL (2019 Williams Drivers), Esteban OCON (Racing Point Force India), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Kimi RAIKKONEN (Ferrari), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)

Haas protests Force India ahead of Abu Dhabi GP

The Haas Formula 1 team has protested Racing Point Force India ahead of this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ferrari set for 2019 front wing test

Ferrari looks set to test 2019 front wing ideas in free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen has "no regrets" over "normal" Ocon shoves

Max Verstappen insists he has "no regrets" over what he feels was a "normal" response of shoving Formula 1 rival Esteban Ocon after their Brazilian Grand Prix clash.

Kubica to start 2019 work in Abu Dhabi GP practice

Robert Kubica says his FP1 outing with Williams in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marks the start of his preparations for returning to Formula 1 racing with the team in 2019.

Alonso reveals new helmet design for final F1 race

Fernando Alonso has unveiled a special crash helmet for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that combines his current design with the one he first used in Formula 1 in 2001.

McLaren unveils special livery for Alonso's F1 farewell

McLaren has unveiled a one-off livery that Fernando Alonso will use in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his last Formula 1 outing for the foreseeable future.

Mercedes vows to "go for broke" now that titles are won

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has pledged the manufacturer will “really go for broke” in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix now both titles have been secured.

Hamilton faces engine concerns for Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis Hamilton's Abu Dhabi GP weekend could be compromised by damage sustained to his Mercedes F1 power unit in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ferrari goes conservative with Abu Dhabi tyre choice

Pirelli has released the tyre selections of the Formula 1 teams for the 2018 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the choices dominated by the hypersoft tyre.

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