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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Stay race protection, what’s at stake, and outcomes

The ultimate race of the 2023 Method 1 season is upon us. And whereas there may not be a combat on the high of the desk in each the Constructors’ Championship and the Drivers’ Championship, some fascinating battles are able to unfold at Yas Marina within the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Which implies we are going to fireplace up the reside weblog yet one more time for the ultimate 58 laps of the season.

Max Verstappen and Pink Bull have already locked up the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles, respectively, and Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez has clinched second within the Drivers’ standings. However here’s what is at stake Sunday at Yas Marina:

  • Second within the Constructors’ Championship: Simply 4 factors separate Ferrari and Mercedes, with Mercedes within the lead
  • Fourth within the Constructors’ Championship: Simply 11 factors separate McLaren and Aston Martin, with McLaren within the lead
  • Seventh within the Constructors’ Championship: Williams is within the lead with 28 factors, however AlphaTauri (21), Alfa Romeo (16) and Haas (12) all have an opportunity on this combat
  • Fourth within the Drivers’ Championship: Verstappen and Pérez have clinched first and second, and Lewis Hamilton is locked into third place. However 4 drivers — Carlos Sainz Jr., Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, and Charles Leclerc — all have a shot at fourth behind the highest three. Sainz and Alonso are tied with 200 factors every, and the Ferrari driver has the tiebreaker edge on all three of the opposite drivers for the time being as he’s the one non-Pink Bull driver to have received this season. Norris is simply 5 factors behind these two and Leclerc, who will begin the race second, has 188 factors on the season.

Right here is the beginning grid for the season finale, barring any last-minute adjustments:

The race will get rolling at 8:00 a.m. Jap, and we may have updates all morning lengthy. So test again early and infrequently!

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

sPhoto by Peter Fox/Getty Pictures

Replace 8:57: Russell responds with a pit cease of his personal, and he comes out forward of Norris. It seems to be as if the undercut try from Norris has not paid off.

Now Leclerc comes into the pits, which pushes Pérez up into P2. We’ve got a Pink Bull 1-2 for the time being.

Replace 8:54: McLaren brings Norris in for a cease, and it goes significantly better this time. Pérez was throughout his again for P4.

Right here is the present high ten as we’ve got crossed the halfway level of this race:

and Norris, who rejoins the battle in P10

Replace 8:46: And now Pérez will get into fifth.

Replace 8:44: The RB19 is a rocket proper now on the arduous tires. Verstappen has pulled over 5 seconds forward of Leclerc, and Pérez is now into P6, and is all around the again of Piastri for P5.

Replace 8:43: They’re discussing the “black and orange” flag, which is a warning for a damaged half on a automotive.

That is without doubt one of the many phrases within the useful SB Nation “F1 Glossary,” which you’ll view right here.

Replace 8:41: Within the combat for second, the reside replace has Mercedes ending three factors forward of Ferrari.

Within the combat for fourth, the reside replace has McLaren ending forward of Aston Martin.

Replace 8:39: Sainz is available in for a cease. Bottas is the one driver but to return into the pits.

Replace 8:38: Tsunoda is available in for his cease and a set of hards is bolted on.

If AlphaTauri certainly finishes seventh within the Constructors’, bear in mind his stint to begin this race.

Replace 8:35: Tsunoda has put collectively an incredible run on this set of mediums. He must cease, however he has put himself able to make this a one-stop race.

Stroll, Sainz, and Bottas are the one different drivers who’ve but to pit.

Replace 8:31: With Leclerc making a cease, we’ve got a brand new chief.

Yuki Tsunoda is main the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, within the last race for Franz Tost.

Replace 8:28: Verstappen pits as nicely. Leclerc is up into P1, with Tsunoda into P2.

Replace 8:27: Gasly locks up and Hamilton runs into the again of him. The left entrance endplate of Hamilton’s W14 is a little bit wobbly for the time being.

Mercedes brings Hamilton into the pits in consequence.

Replace 8:25: Mercedes calls in Russell, and McLaren calls in Norris.

Mercedes has the higher pit cease of the 2, and Russell picks up the spot as they arrive again onto the monitor.

Replace 8:24: Piastri is available in, trying like a two-stop race for him now. He’s on the hards, and comes out simply in entrance of Alonso.

Replace 8:23: Alonso pits, which pushes Hamilton up intp P9.

And alters all the mathematics I simply did within the earlier replace …

Replace 8:20: Russell lastly will get by and into fourth.

So an replace on the combat for P2 within the Constructors’. Leclerc is in second, Russell in fourth, and Hamilton in tenth. If that holds:

Ferrari — 406
Mercedes — 405

So, yeah. Each level issues proper now.

Replace 8:17: Russell for the second lap in a row tries the surface line in opposition to Piastri, however for the second lap in a row he can not full the overtake.

Replace 8:15: Ricciardo is pressured to pit as his AlphaTauri is coping with spiking brake temperatures. He rejoins the combat in P19.

Replace 8:13: A really lengthy DRS prepare has fashioned, from Leclerc in P2 again to Stroll in P12.

Replace 8:10: Norris is up into P3, and is lower than a second behind Leclerc for P2.

Replace 8:08: Keep in mind, one of many battles we’re watching at the moment is the combat for seventh within the Constructors’ between Williams, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo, and Haas.

Proper now, AlphaTauri is on the entrance foot. Tsunoda is in sixth, the place he began, whereas the Williams duo is in the back of the sphere.

If that holds, AlphaTauri would end one level forward of Williams for seventh.

Replace 8:06: Hamilton posted the quickest time on the primary lap, and has jumped into the factors having picked up two spots.

Norris is up into P4.

Oh and Verstappen is already virtually 1.5 seconds forward of Leclerc. So … yeah.

Replace 8:04: They’re racing at Yas Marina.

Verstappen holds off Leclerc initially. Leclerc will get alongside him within the center sector, however the Pink Bull driver holds him off.

Replace 8:03: Tsunoda with a radio message for Tost earlier than lights exit:

Replace 8:01: The formation lap is underway.

Additionally, each Albon and Sargeant are on the mediums.

Replace 7:58: A be aware on tires. Stroll, Sainz, and Bottas are on the hards. The Williams duo has apparently not taken tire blankets off simply but.

Everybody else is on mediums:

Replace 7:55: So in case you are studying this and may clip that second of Yuki Tsunoda skipping to the grid, please ship it alongside.

Pre-race notes

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying

Picture by Kym Illman/Getty Pictures

Replace 7:51: Christian Horner sings Tost’s praises on the F1TV pre-race present. “Want him all the very best for the long run,” notes Horner.

“No matter occurs at the moment we’ve received 20 races … no matter occurs it’s been essentially the most superb yr for us,” provides Horner. “That is all right down to the women and men in Milton Keynes … this piece of historical past [the RB19] that may get retired at the moment has been very particular for us.”

Replace 7:49: Buxton additionally describes the RB19 as probably the most “dominant” vehicles we’ve got ever seen in F1.

One group can be unhappy to see it go, however 9 others can not wait to see it off the grid.

Replace 7:44: On his last grid stroll of the season, F1TV analyst Will Buxton notes how vital at the moment is for Williams driver Logan Sargeant, who nonetheless has but to lock down his seat for 2024. Buxton notes that Sargeant didn’t put up a lap time in Q1, with each of his instances being deleted.

Which is one thing that he skilled initially of the season in Saudi Arabia. Begging the query: Simply how a lot has he developed?

Replace 7:38: That is the ultimate race of the season, and the ultimate race for the lengthy profession of AlphaTauri Workforce Principal Franz Tost. The veteran group boss obtained an incredible clap-out as he walked to the grid for the final time:

Replace 7:36: Good morning F1 followers!



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