Abu Dhabi GP: Track notes, DRS, tyres, stats and more

I’m hanging here like a cow’ Watch Nico Hulkenberg’s scary crash at Abu Dhabi GP

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a spectacular livery to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton has four months to rest and prepare for the new season which kick-starts in Australia next March.

Having seen off Sebastian Vettel in the past two years, Hamilton is not daunted by the prospect of Verstappen joining the party next season.

F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg's Renault auto spectacularly burst into flames and flipped over following a collision with French driver Romain Grosjean on the first lap of Sunday's Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. The hyper-soft is regarded as being two steps softer than the 2017 ultra-soft, meaning that the 1 minute 36.231 seconds track record - set by Valtteri Bottas in qualifying past year - should be lowered further.

Hulkenberg's Renault flipped on lap one and was sent tumbling into the barriers and eventually settled upside down after colliding with French driver Romain Grosjean.

The Halo hindered the marshals' attempts to free Hulkenberg and they had to right the auto before he could climb out, thankfully free of injury.




Hamilton, Vettel and the Spaniard - three great champions - spun their cars in a cloud of smoke at the end of their slowing down lap, before stepping out for hugs and words of mutual respect. I wish he had more luck, but in the first half of the season he performed very well.

The trackside marshals were quickly on hand to extinguish the flames.

"It's nice to be on top of the timesheets, but we now need to build on that and I also need to find more performance from myself", the Finn said.

The result was never in doubt, with Ricciardo finishing fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth, falling behind Verstappen to the same position in the drivers' standings.

The race starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening, which affects the usual evolution of track temperature during the Grand Prix, while the anti-clockwise circuit is all about traction and braking rather than lateral force. He has been given an internal promotion to Red Bull's senior team to replace Australian star Daniel Ricciardo who is heading to Renault.

"Get me out of this fire, there's fire, " came the German's chilling response.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Unai Emery fires warning at his Arsenal stars ahead of Bournemouth trip
Nov 25, 2018 - 17:16
Arsenal boss, Unai Emery has revealed his side's game plan against Bournemouth ahead of both teams clash on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League fixture.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India urges Pakistan to build corridor to Kartarpur Sahib
Nov 23, 2018 - 17:58
It said the access was denied despite the Pakistan Foreign Ministry granting them prior travel permission. Pakistan welcomes the Sikh community to Pakistan to celebrate the auspicious day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chicago Police responding to active shooter situation near Mercy Hospital
Nov 23, 2018 - 17:30
Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel said the attack "tears at the soul of our city". "It is the face and effect of evil", he went on. The police superintendent said that the gunman shot and killed O'Neal, with whom he "was in a domestic relationship with".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top May and Juncker move forward on final draft of Brexit deal
Nov 23, 2018 - 16:00
She is battling adversaries in her own Conservative Party who are plotting to oust her while members of her Cabinet are pushing her get a better deal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA federal judge blocks Trump asylum claim restrictions
Nov 23, 2018 - 14:42
They had argued that the US law is clear every man stand an asylum application, regardless of how he or she came into the country. Tigar did not immediately rule Monday on the groups' request to stop the administration from enforcing the ban.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump provides written responses to Mueller questions
Nov 22, 2018 - 00:31
Trump joins a list of recent presidents who have submitted to questioning as part of a criminal investigation. Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Black Friday deals not such a bargain after all
Nov 21, 2018 - 23:43
A Sony Cybershot Superzoom compact camera was advertised as £189 with a claimed saving of £10 on Black Friday by Currys PC World . Yet the price listed on Amazon for the TV was nearly £50 below that figure on at least 62 occasions after Black Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top There’s a turkey in the White House as Trump grants poultry pardons
Nov 21, 2018 - 23:33
Even though President Gerald Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon, neither one of them chose to officially pardon any turkeys. During the ceremony, Trump announced that Peas was the victor of the vote to receive a presidential pardon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top BJP begins 'protest day', block highways against arrest of K Surendran
Nov 21, 2018 - 23:32
He urged the government to take action only against protesters who reach the hill shrine for disrupting peace there. Innocent devotees who sought shelter at Valiya Nadappandhal (covered pathway) were also arrested.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Spain delivers vicious swipe at May amid threat to BLOCK Brexit deal
Nov 21, 2018 - 23:12
Madrid wants to resolve these issues before the end of the post-Brexit transition period, initially foreseen as Dec 31, 2020. He said diplomats would meet Friday to prepare Sunday's summit, and "they will need to see a final text before then".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Bengaluru Wedding Reception
Nov 21, 2018 - 22:57
Deepika Padukone tied the knot with her beau Ranveer Singh in an Italian destination wedding, spread over two days. Ranveer Singh on the other side is seen wearing black-coloured sherwani with intricate gold thread work.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lebanon FM throws support behind outgoing Nissan chairman
Nov 20, 2018 - 23:46
Brazilian-born, of Lebanese descent and a French citizen, Mr Ghosn began his career at Michelin in France, moving on to Renault . But experts said it is unlikely he will be able to stay on there or at Renault, where he is also CEO.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jimmy Butler Once Again Takes Shot at Wolves After 76ers Debut
Nov 20, 2018 - 23:19
But I have so much trust in those guys to make plays and I want them to know I have so much trust in them to make plays. The scores were tied with 34.7 seconds left in overtime when Willy Hernangomez stole a Simmons pass.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Airbnb to remove West Bank settlement rental listings
Nov 20, 2018 - 22:57
For years, critics have accused Airbnb of benefiting from rentals in Jewish outposts at the center of conflict in the region. Airbnb is considering an IPO next year after announcing in February that it would not make a public debut this year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea defector: My generation has no loyalty to Kim Jong Un
Nov 20, 2018 - 22:01
State Department suggested the test would not derail efforts to persuade North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program. In it, the defector offered a grim picture of life inside North Korea and the factors that motivated him to escape.