Abu Dhabi qualifying LIVE: Hamilton and Verstappen battle for pole

LIVE: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying – Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battle for pole position as bitter rivals look to gain an advantage ahead of their crunch world title showdown on Sunday

  • Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are fighting it out for F1 title this weekend 
  • It’s been an epic tussle all season and the winner comes down to the finale
  • READ: How the F1 season has reached such a dramatic conclusion
  • Latest Formula One news, including live action and results

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are fighting it out for the Formula One title this weekend.

It’s been an epic battle all season and the winner comes down to the finale in Abu Dhabi. 

Follow Sportsmail’s Dan Ripley for live qualifying coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result.

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‘These cars are getting a little tired now,’ Horner told Sky Sports. ‘Some parts are two years old. It’s a new problem and we are changing as a precaution.’ 

The latter part of their season has been plagued by rear wing issues and they have flared up again before qualifying.

Just minutes before session, Verstappen’s car has only just had a new one placed on it as mechanics work heavily on his car, while his team-mate Sergio Perez doesn’t even have a rear wing on his car.

I suspect it will all be ready before qualifying starts on the hour but it’s hardly ideal preparation. 

In the final practice session of the season, Lewis Hamilton was a good two tenths of a second quicker than Max Verstappen – and that’s even before you factor in that the Brit tends to find a little bit more than his title rival during qualifying.

Good afternoon all, welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton expect to jostle for pole position at Yas Marina.

You can’t win the title today, but you can certainly make yourself lose it with a disaster of a session – so all eyes to the track and away from the stewards’ room and media briefings….

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