F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE: Final practice, Lewis Hamilton RETURNS at Yas Marina – latest updates, results

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE: Final practice, Lewis Hamilton RETURNS at Yas Marina – latest updates, results

December 12, 2020

LEWIS HAMILTON is back this weekend as the F1 season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

The Brit star missed the Sakhir GP after testing positive for coronavirus, but will be back in his Mercedes for the season finale.

  • Practice 3 start time: 10am BST
  • Qualifying: 1pm, Saturday December 12
  • Race: 1.10pm, Sunday December 13

Follow ALL the action from Abu Dhabi below…

  • Ben Hunt

    EARLY RUNS AND IT IS RED BULL AND MERC WHO TOP THE FIELD

    No real shocks here in FP3 as the usual culprits are at the top of the timesheets.

    McLaren also going well this weekend. Remember they are in the hunt for third place in the constructors' championship – worth considerable millions.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON IS GETTING READY

    The world champion is preparing to get in his car, which is featuring a one-off livery this weekend, bearing the names of all the staff at Mercedes who have contributed to this season.

  • Ben Hunt

    SLOW START

    No cars on track just yet. It does raise the point as to why F1 dedicates so much time over the weekend to practice, when a lot of the time, the track is empty.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP3 IS GO IN ABU DHABI

    This is the final chances for teams to dial in their car's performance.

    After yesterday's fire in Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo, the team will be using this session as a way to check over his rebuilt car.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BY GEORGE

    Former Williams and McLaren driver Martin Brundle has given George Russell some advice after his heartache at the Sakhir GP.

    The Sky Sports F1 pundit said: "My advice that I gave George, that he didn’t ask me for, don’t let this eat you up, don’t let it be a negative energy.

    “Overall it was a fantastic weekend for the brand George Russell, for his career, for his own confidence.

    “And I know from experience races that got away it can just keep gnawing away and it doesn’t do any good, you can’t change it, just keep his head down and believe in himself.

    “Just remember that he might have locked a brake in qualifying, somebody might have run into the back of him in the first corner and taken him out of the race and he might never have been able to demonstrate that, so all-in-all he has to treat it as a brilliant experience.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEW CANNOT BE SERIOUS

    Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton said his first day back in the cockpit was a “messy”.

    Speaking yesterday, he said: “I was very, very happy and grateful this morning just to be back here and obviously to be able to finish this season strong. Super excited, it felt like the first day back at school…

    “It’s definitely been a bit of a messy day – there’s a lot going on and the guys have been on the road for three weeks.

    "We’ve had a couple of gremlins, but we punched through them like we always do and tomorrow, I know, will be better.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    QUAL-ITY

    Who is going to end up on pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    Lewis Hamilton has reflected on his F1 return this weekend.

    He told Sky Sports: “I was very, very happy and grateful this morning just to be back here and obviously be able to try and finish this season strong.
    “Super excited, it felt like the first day back at school.”

    Elsewhere, George Russell has shared his emotions after learning he would not be racing for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi.

    He said: “It was a strange feeling, to be honest.

    “Prior to Bahrain, I really wanted to have the two weeks in the car, purely because I was expecting to learn everything I needed to in Bahrain and I could have come here with no excuses, as such.

    “As Bahrain did go so well from a performance perspective, part of me was like you know what, I think it was a good weekend, obviously I really wanted to win and I would have had a great opportunity this weekend.

    “But nevertheless, these guys at Williams, they gave me that opportunity, they’ve been working so hard for me over the last two years.

    “It’s my duty to send off the season on a high, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

    And finally, Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a scary incident during the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi as his car burst into flames less than two weeks after Romain Grosjean’s horror crash.

    Veteran Formula One driver Raikkonen, 41, was racing around the track as his Alfa Romeo suddenly spat fire out of the back.

    He was involved in a scary incident during the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi as his car burst into flames less than two weeks after Romain Grosjean’s horror crash.

  • Joe Brophy

    GOOD TO SEE LEW

    A returning Lewis Hamilton is poised to strike…

  • Joe Brophy

    'NOTHING TO PROVE'

    Lewis Hamilton has insisted he has "nothing to prove" at this weekend's Abu Dhabi GP.

    He told Sky Sports: "I just wanted to come here this weekend and enjoy what I do.

    "It's been a huge amount of work from everyone back at the factories, and it's been a privilege to race with them this year.

    "We don't have anything to prove this weekend, I don't feel like I have anything to prove, I'm just here to have some fun."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW DID ME PROUD

    Lewis Hamilton has lifted the lid on George Russell's performance in his absence.

    He told Sky Sports: "I think George did an amazing job, I think everybody knows that," said Hamilton, before adding on his week: "It was definitely odd – in my 27 years of racing I've never missed a race.

    "One day I'll write a book about it but as I said, just grateful to be back."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has reflected on his F1 return this weekend.

    He said: "I was very, very happy and grateful this morning just to be back here and obviously be able to try and finish this season strong.

    "Super excited, it felt like the first day back at school."

  • Joe Brophy

    'STRANGE FEELING'

    George Russell has shared his emotions after learning he would not be racing for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi.

    He said: "It was a strange feeling, to be honest.

    "Prior to Bahrain, I really wanted to have the two weeks in the car, purely because I was expecting to learn everything I needed to in Bahrain and I could have come here with no excuses, as such.

    "As Bahrain did go so well from a performance perspective, part of me was like you know what, I think it was a good weekend, obviously I really wanted to win and I would have had a great opportunity this weekend.

    "But nevertheless, these guys at Williams, they gave me that opportunity, they've been working so hard for me over the last two years.

    "It's my duty to send off the season on a high, and that's what I'm here to do."

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a scary incident during the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi as his car burst into flames less than two weeks after Romain Grosjean's horror crash.

    Veteran Formula One driver Raikkonen, 41, was racing around the track as his Alfa Romeo suddenly spat fire out of the back.

    was involved in a scary incident during the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi as his car burst into flames less than two weeks after Romain Grosjean's horror crash.

    Veteran Formula One driver Raikkonen, 41, was racing around the track as his Alfa Romeo suddenly spat fire out of the back.

  • William Pugh

    THE ONE FER US

    Fernando Alonso whipped round the track in his 2005 championship-winning Renault this afternoon in Abu Dhabi.

    The Spaniard treated fans around the world before practice got underway.

  • William Pugh

    FLAMING HECK

    Kimi Raikkonen's burned out Alfa Romeo was a sorry sight in the track in Abu Dhabi after it caught fire during FP2.

    Flames started coming from the rear of the car before the Finn put the flames out himself.

  • William Pugh

    KAREFUL KIMI!

    FP2 was brought to a temporary halt in Abu Dhabi after Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo caught fire.

    The Fin escaped unharmed as the driver proceeded to put out the flames himself with the marshal's extinguisher.

  • William Pugh

    FINAL CLASSIFICATION!

    Mercedes and Red Bull led the way in FP2 as the Mercedes drivers appear to have found their feet.

  • William Pugh

    FP2 IS FINISHED!

    Mercedes lead the way after FP2 in Abu Dhabi.

    But it's Valtteri Bottas not Lewis Hamilton who led the pack with the Brit coming in second.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 IS DONE

    A fire for Kimi Raikkonen while George Russell also has an engine problem.

    Valtteri Bottas tops the session ahead of Lewis Hamilton and then the two Red Bull of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.

    Lando Norris will be pleased with P5 ahead of Esteban Ocon in P6.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON GETS A NEW STEERING WHEEL

    The Brit is back in the pitlane and swapped steering wheels after the mechanical glitch.

    He now has a new steering wheel and is on his way again. Currently in P2 with seconds remaining.

  • Ben Hunt

    AND NOW HAMILTON HAS A PROBLEM

    The world champion is stuck in the pitlane in front of the Haas garage.

    He says he cannot find gear.

    Mercedes mechanics are now running to his car, but he is now moving again.

  • Ben Hunt

    BIT OF A CONCERN FOR RAIKKONEN

    TV replays show that Raikkonen had a bit of trouble getting out of his burning car.

    It appears that his radio lead was still attached to the car and unable to allow him to get out of his cockpit.

    A big tug and it's free, but that was not good to see.

  • Ben Hunt

    SESSION RED FLAGGED

    Raikkonen is tending to his burning car, squirting the foam where he sees the flames but the damage is already done.

    He is going to need a new engine in that car for tomorrow.

  • William Pugh

    MERCEDES WHITEWASH

    Normal service has resumed with an hour gone in FP2 in Abu Dhabi.

    Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton sitting pretty as the two fastest with 2/3 of the session gone.

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