After nine long months, 20 races full of twists and turns and the crowning of a five-time World Champion, the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix brings curtain down on 2018 Formula One season.
As is traditional, the season finale promises to be emotional as its time to say goodbye for some drivers whilst others look to find momentum for 2019, but who are the big talking points ahead of this weekend?
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Race Distance: 305.355km
Tyres: Supersofts, Ultrasofts and Hypersofts
Will Daniel Ricciardo Depart Red Bull on a High?
After a torrid year of reliability, Daniel Ricciardo is looking to leave Red Bull on a high as he prepares for a move to Renault next season.
Abu Dhabi however has been bit of a hoodoo for the Aussie who is yet to finish on the podium but he is keen to go out with a bang, saying; “I am going there guns a blazing, showing a lot of love.
Hopefully the love shows me back and I can spray some fake champagne on Sunday, which would be a fitting farewell.”
Red Bull however are yet to score a top three finish around here in the hybrid era and for Ricciardo, last season ended in similar fashion with retirements in USA, Mexico and here whilst he collected eight points in Brazil.
Could lightning therefore strike twice and deny Ricciardo his dream farewell to Red Bull?
Alonso’s Final BowEmbed from Getty Images
After 17 seasons, 32 race wins and two title, Fernando Alonso finally makes his last ever F1 bow this weekend.
Although hopes of one last points scoring finish look unlikely based on current form, Alonso is definitely going out in style following a livery change on his McLaren to mark his farewell and CEO, Zak Brown has said that this weekend will “feel special”.
Alonso however isn’t the only McLaren driver saying Au Revoir to F1 this weekend as Stoffel Vandoorne prepares for his move to Formula E. For Vandoorne, this weekend therefore is his last chance to outqualify Alonso for first time in 25 races since last doing so at 2017 Malayasian GP.
If you are a McLaren fan then brace yourselves because this weekend is definitely looking set to be an emotional one.
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