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Free Formula 1 tips, best bets and analysis for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday at Yas Marina.

where to watch

Sky Sports F1 & Main Event, 1pm Saturday

Best bet

Max Verstappen qualified fastest
1pt 2-1 bet fred

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Lewis Hamilton was slightly relieved to win the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, despite posting fastest times on the first day of testing at the redesigned Yas Marina circuit.

The British driver is alongside Red Bull driver Max Verstappen with 369.5 points apiece as one of the sport’s most epic title battles comes to a head.

Verstappen set the pace in the morning session but could only manage fourth in the afternoon as Hamilton took first place.

Seven-time champion Hamilton is 8-11 to claim his ninth win of the season for Mercedes, while Verstappen can be backed at 2-1.

The driver who finishes better in Abu Dhabi will be crowned champion, although Verstappen would claim the honor if neither scores a point as they have won more races.

However, fighters have been warned that a point deduction may be considered an appropriate penalty in exceptional circumstances. They have already collided three times this year.

In 1997, Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the season after deliberately crashing into championship rival Jacques Villeneuve in the last race of that campaign.

Hamilton has set the fastest qualifying time in four of the last six races, finishing second in the other two, and is a heavy favorite to take pole position.

However, he had some luck in Saudi Arabia last time out. Verstappen was on a considerably faster lap in the closing moments of the session, but slid wide on the exit of the final corner and damaged his car against the wall.

It was a rare mistake from the icy Dutchman and Verstappen’s pace in the opening hour may indicate he is prioritizing qualifying speed over race pace this weekend.

Overtaking at Yas Marina has always been virtually impossible, and while significant changes to a number of corners should go a long way to remedying that, track position may well be even more important than raw pace.

Verstappen knows it’s unlikely he can catch Hamilton if he falls behind, so starting up front will be his main focus.

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