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F1 Preview – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The final Grand Prix of the season takes place in Abu Dhabi, with world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes looking to finish in style.

Hamilton and Mercedes have already taken the Drivers and Constructors titles, but they have won five years in succession at the Yas Marina Circuit and want to make it six.

And Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident, although it will be on his shoulders of Hamilton as team-mate Valterri Bottas will be starting from the back of the grid.

“Brazil was disappointing for us — we didn’t have the fastest car and we lost a lot of points due tour own mistakes,” said Wolff.

“But we have analysed what went wrong, both our reliability and our decisions during the race, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a good learning experience for the entire team and something that will make us stronger in the long run. So, this weekend, we head out with a point to prove in Abu Dhabi. We know that in Formula One you are only as good as your last result.”

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – ROUND 21

Location: Yas Marina Circuit
Track size: 3.45 miles with 21 turns
Number of laps: 55
2018 winner:
  Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Lap record holder: 1:40.279 Sebastian Vettel (2009)

Race winner driver odds from Unibet:

2019 Results

Australian Grand Prix – Valterri Bottas (Mercedes)
Bahrain Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
China Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Valterri Bottas (Mercedes)
Spain Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Monaco Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Canada Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
France Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Austria Grand Prix – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
German Grand Prix – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Hungary Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Belgium Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Italy Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Singapore Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
Russia Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Japan Grand Prix – Valterri Bottas (Mercedes)
Mexico Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
USA Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Brazil Grand Prix – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Abu Dhabu Grand Prix –

2019 Driver and Constructor Standings

1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 387
2 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 314
3 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 260
4 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 249
5 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 230
6 Pierre Gasly FRA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 95
7 Carlos Sainz ESP MCLAREN RENAULT 95
8 Alexander Albon THA RED BULL RACING HONDA 84
9 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RENAULT 54
10 Sergio Perez MEX RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 46
11 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN RENAULT 45
12 Kimi Räikkönen FIN ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 43
13 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 37
14 Daniil Kvyat RUS SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 35
15 Lance Stroll CAN RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 21
16 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 20
17 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 14
18 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 8
19 Robert Kubica POL WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1
20 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0

1 MERCEDES 701
2 FERRARI 479
3 RED BULL RACING HONDA 391
4 MCLAREN RENAULT 140
5 RENAULT 91
6 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 83
7 RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 67
8 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 57
9 HAAS FERRARI 28
10 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1

We also spoke with Alistair Gill of Unibet to get their views on the Grand Prix

Mercedes have won the last 5 Abu Dhabi GPs, with Lewis Hamilton winning 3 of them for a total of 4 race wins for the Brit. He is the 8/5 favourite with Unibet and I would suggest that’s not a bad price given recent performances, although worth noting Mercedes have only claimed 1 pole since the summer break.

Charles Leclerc is second fav at 3/1 and will be looking to be the first team mate of Sebastian Vettel (priced at 11/2 for Sunday) to outscore the German. Leclerc has had a fine season and, given Ferrari traditionally have a very clear 1 and 2 driver, his points total is even more impressive. Factor in a few bits of bad luck as well as some rather obvious looking favouritism towards Vettel and the Monégasque could have been even further ahead and, should you want to oppose Hamilton, Leclerc could represent some value at the prices.

Another value option could well be Max Verstappen, also priced at 3/1, who is in competition with Leclerc to finish 3rd in the overall standing and either could have a shot at sitting atop the podium come Sunday.

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