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Abu Dhabi 2010 - The race // The championship is set to be decided at the Yas Marina track

Published by Christine

Sebastian Vettel streaks around the Yas Marina circuit to take pole position
Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Here we are then, the final F1 session of the year, and what anticipation there is for it! The championship is set to be decided over the course of the next few hours, and although there is a seemingly obvious path that proceedings will take, F1 can be so very unpredictable. I hope you are buckled in and ready to enjoy the race - not something I thought I was going to say about Abu Dhabi!

The race gets underway at 13:00 GMT (17:00 local time), and we're in for another twilight event, with bright lights illuminating the way.

Weather update

showers

Yas Island, Sunday

29℃

  • Low 22℃
  • Humidity 68%

Clear sky

Now that race day has rolled around, the weather forecasts have updated slightly, and you might find that a rain shower or two gets in the way of team strategies. It seems unlikely, but crazier things have happened!

Race results from 2009

Last year it was McLaren who took the top honours for qualifying, with Vettel and Webber close behind. The Brawn drivers also did well in 2009, but they are in radically different cars this time out.

PositionDriverTeamTime
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1hr 34:03.414
2Mark WebberRed Bull+17.8s
3Jenson ButtonBrawn GP+18.4s

One to watch

I'm afraid I'm going to be terribly predictable and stick Mark Webber as the one to watch for the race. He is the man with it all to do. Vettel can lead from the front, which is all he can do. Alonso just needs to stay up there or there abouts. Hamilton will try to win, but the odds are against him. Webber has to race a carefully managed afternoon to be in with a chance.

If I finish one position in front of Fernando or one position behind it is not enough. I need to win, or him to have problems, which was totally obvious after Brazil. Nothing has really changed in that sense. He is there, because he has been there for the last five races. So for us to come here and think we were going to drive away from him – it was not going to be the case..

- Mark Webber

Predictions please

This is arguably the most important poll you'll vote in all year - deciding who will win the race may also decide who wins the driver's championship as well.

Who will win the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi?

  • Sebastian Vettel

    34%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    29%
  • Fernando Alonso

    22%
  • Jenson Button

    7%
  • Mark Webber

    7%
  • Other

    0%

41 votes

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Here we are then, the final F1 session of the year, and what anticipation there is for it! The championship is set to be decided over the course of the next few hours, and although there is a seemingly obvious path that proceedings will take, F1 can be so very unpredictable. I hope you are buckled in and ready to enjoy the race - not something I thought I was going to say about Abu Dhabi!
Clive Mason/Getty Images

Event start

13:00GMT +00:00

14 November 2010