5 HEADLINES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN ABU DHABI

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The final race is upon us, and here is what could happen in the final race of the season after a rather predictable qualifying where Hamilton headed a 1-2.

A BATTLE OF THE TEAM-MATES

Valtteri Bottas had said that he desperately wants to win in Dubai to end his winless streak since one year ago today where he won in Abu Dhabi, and though he wasn't able to beat his team-mate, P2 is a good start.

He is the only driver of the top six to have not won a race this season and since both titles have been locked up for Mercedes he will give it his all to beat Hamilton in the final race of the season.

CAN FERRARI AND RED BULL CHALLENGE?

Ferrari locked up the second row with Red Bull taking the third, and despite everyone saying that qualifying would be a six-way battle, it was predictable in the end.

But can Ferrari or Red Bull challenge the Silver Arrows? Well, in FP2 the Red Bull's seemed to have the best race pace whilst Ferrari and Mercedes are on par.

Like Spa, it is very important that Vettel is able to at least jump one Mercedes by the end of Lap 1 otherwise I don't see any way of him winning at the finale.

CAN SAUBER SNATCH 7TH PLACE FROM FORCE INDIA?

Coming into the final race of the season many were saying how the constructors championship wasn't entirely locked-up. Renault and Haas look secure in fourth and fifth, but many were saying that Force India could snatch sixth place in the constructors from McLaren, who were fourteen points ahead. However, it seems that the likely battle will be between Sauber and Force India.

Sauber have been one of the fastest developing cars of 2018, and are now a clear midfielder challenger, and with Leclerc qualifying in eighth place, if he was able to finish seventh or higher and Force India fail to score, then Sauber take sixth place.

A FINAL GO FOR ALONSO

Fernando Alonso will be retiring at the end of the weekend from Formula One after a seventeen year career where he took two World Champioships from 311 starts. He was able to sneak into Q2 and qualify P15, and hopefully we will see the Spaniard have some fun in the final race of his illustrious season.

A BORING RACE

Despite the exciting nature of Abu Dhabi this year, there is a history of the event providing boring races. 2018 could follow suit of 2017, where there is minimum overtaking and drivers are just preserving fuel levels and tyre management.

That's not to say that there haven't been great races in the past, with 2012 and 2016 springing to mind, but if we look at history, then the likelyhood would be a boring race.

So who do you think will win in Abu Dhabi tomorrow? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or else.

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Comments (21)
  • Only if Lewis decides to let him pass, Bottas has to stay with him & the win is his as pay back

    21 days ago
  • Mercedes seem to be struggling with tyre degradation, same case as Brazil, it is likely to be a Ferrari victory. They have an all round better package. Unless Merc can manage their tyres better, i don't see them winning... They might even end up behind the Redbulls

    22 days ago

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