F1 LIVE – Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race LIVE
Tit 2021 Formula 1 championship will be decided this Sunday and our Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Live Blog will bring you all the action of the Yas Marina circuit. Max Verstappen and Lewis hamilton are tied on points going into this race, but the Dutchman has the tiebreaker of most Grand Prix wins and he also has pole position. It should be fascinating and we’ll have the latest updates here.
F1 Yas Marina GP – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race Live Latest Updates
This is the start of our live blog for the F1 title maker between Verstappen and Hamilton. Orr Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Updates those closest to the top are the most recent.
Tour 22: Perez pits
He did his job of slowing Hamilton down, but he couldn’t do it forever. Perez now leaves third place on hard tires and is fifth, although Tsunoda and Bottas have yet to stop ahead of him. Kimi Raikkonen made his last pit stop in Formula 1 as he finished 18th in his swan song grand prix.
Round 20: Perez holds up, briefly
Hamilton has the DRS in lap six, but Perez struggles on the brakes. Hamilton gets a better exit but the Mexican recovers the DRS and overtakes the Mercedes again. Perez is doing his job perfectly right now, as Verstappen gets closer. Hamilton recovers it a lap later and Perez instantly lets his teammate pass who closed the gap from eight seconds to two in one lap. Excellent teamwork from Red Bull.
Lap 18: Verstappen overtakes Sainz
It took more laps than he would have liked, but Verstappen found a way to pass Carlos Sainz for third place on the road and is now eight seconds behind Hamilton. Norris retired from fifth place, after reporting a potential problem with loss of material, but he came out ahead of Leclerc in 13th place.
Round 15: Hamilton reacts
As expected, Mercedes took no risk of clearance and brought Hamilton back to the pit one lap later. A clean stop sees him comfortably ahead of Sainz, who is caught by Verstappen. Leclerc and Ocon are also at the pits, Perez inheriting the lead. Could he disrupt Hamilton’s run enough for Max to come back?
Tour 14: Verstappen pits
He’s struggled with the soft tires for a while and now Red Bull brings Verstappen to the pit for the hard tires. He comes out behind Norris and Leclerc almost annihilates him by understeering thanks to the dirty air of the Red Bull. Verstappen overtakes Norris in the straight line as Leclerc fights to keep Tsunoda at bay.
Round 10: everything became silent
These first exchanges were much calmer than expected. No one is really threatening to overtake at the top or bottom of the peloton because everyone has settled into a good rhythm. Bottas got stuck on a train behind Yuki Tsunoda; he’s struggled through those kinds of situations too often this year, which could be one of the reasons George Russell will replace him next year.
Round 7: Thundering Horner
Understandably, Red Bull is still not happy with the lack of punishment for Hamilton as Christian Horner calls it a “complete lack of consistency” on Sky Sports F1, and they spoke again with race director Michael Masi to ask him for clarification. Hamilton leads by 2.3 seconds while Perez keeps the lead duo in third. Sainz lost nearly 10 seconds to the Mexican in fourth.
Round 4: No investigation necessary
The stewards looked at the incident in the first round but did not decide what to do as they believe Hamilton has returned any advantage. Red Bull disagreed as it looked like they had a much bigger gap coming out of the chicane. Norris struggles in the McLaren, battling with Leclerc for fifth place on the road as well as in the Championship.
Round 1: HAMILTON IN THE LEAD
We are racing for the last time in 2021 and Hamilton is off to a great start as he takes the lead in the first corner! Verstappen then launches the inside into turn six and Hamilton has to go through the chicane to stay in the lead. Norris lost places to Perez and Sainz while Bottas fell to eighth place.
13h00 GMT: formation lap
The most anticipated race for decades is just moments away, with the cars on their formation lap for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ‘Rider in the Desert’. Hamilton or Verstappen? We will find out very soon. Fasten your seatbelts – it’s show time!
12:40 GMT: Enough to race
It’s not just Verstappen and Hamilton who have something to do with them today. Lando Norris could secure fifth place in the drivers’ standings if he can beat Charles Leclerc by five points or more, and he is well positioned to do so from third place on the grid. Sergio Perez could also play a huge role in the title fight if he can get ahead of Hamilton early on.
12:20 GMT: pit lane opening
Engines roar almost as much as the crowd as the pit lane opens up and cars make their way to the grid for the last time in 2021. The big talk is about tires, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton starting the race. on different compounds (Max on softs, Lewis on mediums). Despite this, Pirelli expects the one-stop to be the fastest, regardless of the starting tire with hard tires the choice at a standstill. Yas Marina’s altered layout did not affect tire wear enough for a double stop to become profitable unless a safety car intervened.
12h00 GMT: 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starting grid
Today’s grid forward includes Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris, but fourth-placed Sergio Perez will be looking to get off to a good start and make life difficult for Hamilton. Remember: we only have 19 riders for today’s race after Haas’ Nikita Mazepin tested positive for COVID-19.
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Lando Norris (McLaren)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
- Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
- Nicolas Latifi (Williams)
- George Russell (Williams)
- Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
- Mick Schumacher (Haas)
11:30 GMT: qualifying lap for pole at Verstappen
Max Verstappen will start from pole position for today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after setting a time of 1: 22.109 in Q3 yesterday. Here is how his lap of pole position went.
11:00 GMT: The Forgotten History
The focus has been on who will win the Formula 1 title, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton entering the final level of racing with points atop the standings, but one scenario that has been largely overlooked is the fact that it will be Kimi Raikkonen’s last race in F1.
10:30 GMT: Mazepin to miss last F1 race of the season
Haas driver Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore miss the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, as the US team chose not to call in a replacement for the Russian driver. Therefore, Mick Schumacher will be their only representative on the track today.
10:00 GMT: What time does the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix start?
The Abu Dhabi GP weekend race kicks off at 5:00 p.m. local time in the United Arab Emirates, or 1:00 p.m. GMT for UK fans, who can follow on Sky Sports. It will be ESPN that will show the race in the United States, where the start time is 8:00 AM EST on the East Coast. For other departure times around the world, this graph contains the details.
09:30 GMT: it’s Verstappen on pole for the Abu Dhabi GP
Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s race at the head of the grid, having benefited from a wake provided by Red bull teammate Sergio Perez sign the best lap on Saturday, ahead of the second Lewis hamilton. It is Lando norris third, he will therefore have the best place for the start of the world championship duel.
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