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    2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Nov 21 - 23)

    Although the driver's title is still on the line, there was much talk going into the double points season finale about next year's driver shuffle. Ferrari finally announced the end of its relationship with Fernando Alonso, which also allowed them to confirm Sebastian Vettel for next year. Alonso is understood to join McLaren in 2015 but the official announcement has been pushed to December with the team still undecided which of its two drivers will be retained. It also looked like Caterham and Marussia would be back but only the former is in Abu Dhabi with Will Stephens taking the seat vacated by Marcus Ericcson.

    As for the championship; Rosberg has a mountain to climb as leader Hamilton looks highly unlikely to finish any lower than second.

    Quote Originally Posted by Practice 1
    Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
    1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.476 32
    2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.609 0.133 31
    3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:45.184 1.708 22
    4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:45.334 1.858 30
    5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:45.361 1.885 23
    6 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:45.718 2.242 17
    7 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:45.835 2.359 32
    8 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:45.913 2.437 8
    9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:45.983 2.507 23
    10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:46.030 2.554 24
    11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.049 2.573 23
    12 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:46.131 2.655 23
    13 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:46.549 3.073 7
    14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.556 3.080 28
    15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:46.711 3.235 31
    16 31 Esteban Ocon Lotus-Renault 1:47.066 3.590 29
    17 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.235 3.759 8
    18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:47.971 4.495 24
    19 37 Adderly Fong Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.269 4.793 25
    20 46 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 1:50.684 7.208 14
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

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    Hamilton and Rosberg continue to dominate:

    Quote Originally Posted by Practice 2
    Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
    1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.113 35
    2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:42.196 0.083 37
    3 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.895 0.782 37
    4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.959 0.846 33
    5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:43.070 0.957 34
    6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:43.183 1.070 32
    7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.489 1.376 33
    8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.503 1.390 23
    9 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:43.546 1.433 38
    10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:43.558 1.445 34
    11 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:43.746 1.633 37
    12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:44.005 1.892 38
    13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:44.068 1.955 32
    14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:44.157 2.044 39
    15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.316 2.203 38
    16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.763 2.650 37
    17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:44.986 2.873 35
    18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:45.505 3.392 38
    19 46 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 1:47.057 4.944 34
    20 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 2
    Quote Originally Posted by Practice 3
    Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
    1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.424 19
    2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.793 0.369 17
    3 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:42.429 1.005 18
    4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.653 1.229 8
    5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.679 1.255 19
    6 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.768 1.344 20
    7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.773 1.349 14
    8 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:42.794 1.370 19
    9 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:42.809 1.385 20
    10 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.038 1.614 14
    11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.112 1.688 13
    12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:43.352 1.928 20
    13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:43.360 1.936 19
    14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:43.501 2.077 18
    15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.643 2.219 24
    16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:43.718 2.294 17
    17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:43.778 2.354 18
    18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.022 2.598 22
    19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:45.044 3.620 16
    20 46 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 1:45.959 4.535 21
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

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    So it all comes down to this.

    W, I agree with you. It will likely take a mistake for Hamilton to place lower than second. It will be interesting to see if he has the race pace to stay with Nico and consider making a move, or just hold on to second.

    There would be a lot less drama were it not for double points. Damn Bernie; your evil plot has worked again!

    I believe Hamilton is more deserving of the title, and is the better driver; thus I would like to see him win. As for his personality, well. Most of the guys on the grid leave something to be desired.

    A nod here for Hambo. It is astounding neither he nor Alonso have won since 2008.
    Last edited by Kitdy; 11-22-2014 at 01:22 PM.

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    Although Rosberg snatched pole, it will be more difficult still as both Red Bulls have been disqualified for running flexing wings and will have to start from the back of the grid.

    Quote Originally Posted by Qualifying
    Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
    1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.308 1:41.459 1:40.480 13
    2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.207 1:40.920 1:40.866 12
    3 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:42.346 1:41.376 1:41.025 18
    4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:41.475 1:41.144 1:41.119 20
    DSQ 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.204 1:41.692 1:41.267 12
    DSQ 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.495 1:42.147 1:41.893 17
    7 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:42.302 1:42.082 1:41.908 18
    8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.137 1:41.875 1:41.964 18
    9 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:42.439 1:42.168 1:42.236 15
    10 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.467 1:41.940 1:42.866 19
    11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.104 1:42.198 13
    12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:42.413 1:42.207 12
    13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:42.654 1:42.239 15
    14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.444 1:42.384 12
    15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.746 1:43.074 14
    16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.768 8
    17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.819 8
    18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:42.860 8
    19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:44.540 7
    20 46 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 1:45.095 8
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

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