Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying results: Lewis Hamilton pole, Daniel Ricciardo fifth

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"My goal for the weekend is to repeat last year's result".

Sunday, November 25, the pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso will hold the last race in Formula 1.

Once again, Hartley, 29, is preparing to put all the conjecture to one side as he aims to finish the season on a high.

A party will be thrown for Alonso by McLaren and race organisers in the paddock on Saturday evening.

"I'm well aware of the stories over the years but from my perspective he's been a fast race-car driver who wants the best equipment and the best out of people, and doesn't accept anything short of perfection".

"I do not feel like I ever had a personal issue with Fernando", Hamilton said on Thursday night.

Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon will be thrown together in Thursday's intriguing pre-race press conference for the Abu Dhabi race.

He was subsequently ordered to serve two days of community service at the FIA's discretion.

For Ferrari 2018 is likely to go down as the season of what might have been. Boasting the fastest car for much of the year crucial and basic mistakes opened the door for Hamilton and Mercedes to take the title. Arguably Vettel's personal nadir came

The new wing complies with the dimension requirements of the current rules, but has been adapted to simulate some of the restrictions that are coming in for 2019 - including much cleaner endplates to minimise the effects of outwash.

Things finish as they started, with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes sat on pole, though the world champion was ultimately upstaged by Sebastian Vettel on the first day of the race calendar.

"Well for me, make it 1,801 points", his race engineer, Will Joseph, replied.

But when Hamilton took to the machinery which propelled him to his fifth world championship with two rounds to spare, he made no mistake with a dominant display befitting of his dominant year.

The hyper-soft is regarded as being two steps softer than the 2017 ultra-soft, meaning that the 1 minute 36.231 seconds track record - set by Valtteri Bottas in qualifying past year - should be lowered further.

Alonso triumphed at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota this year and the double Monaco Grand Prix victor is now chasing Indy to complete the "Triple Crown of Motorsport".

Stoffel Vandoorne is hopeful about his future in formula one. Vettel and Michael Schumacher won the Race of Champions' Nations Cup for six successive years between 2007 and 2012.

"Since Monaco I've been hoping for a strong weekend and now this is my last chance with the team".

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