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Abu Dhabi GP: When is the race live on Sky Sports F1 and what's still to play for?

Formula 1 2020 season concludes with Abu Dhabi GP this weekend on Sky Sports F1; Watch qualifying at 1pm on Saturday, watch race at 1.10pm on Sunday; What's still to play for, and who's saying goodbye to teams, and F1, after the race?

A unique Formula 1 season in a year like no other ends at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

From the uncertainty and huge disruptions caused to the sport's 2020 plans by the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of the year, a breathless but dramatic 17-race schedule in 24 weeks across Europe and the Middle East is now on the verge of being completed.

The final act sees the futuristic Yas Marina circuit stage F1's concluding race for the seventh year in a row, although this time in the latest finish to a season - December 13 - in 57 years.

Both of F1's world titles may have been long since settled in Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' favours, but there are still some key battles to win for drivers and teams - plus, after the intense events of Bahrain's double-header, the strong likelihood of another eventful Grand Prix weekend.

  • Sunday's race is live on Sky Sports F1 at 1.10pm with build-up from 12.30pm
  • Saturday's qualifying hour is live from 1pm, with build-up from midday

The key constructors' championship battle...

For pride, prestige and prize-money reasons, the conclusion to the season-long fight for third in the Constructors' Championship is the battle of consequence still raging into Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari's poor season has opened up the chance for a team outside of F1's recognised 'Big Three' of the turbo-hybrid era to finish in the top three for the first time since 2015.

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Lewis Hamilton says he is back in training, feeling better and hoping to be able to return to F1 for this week's season-ending Abu Dhabi GP. Video credit: @LewisHamilton

Sergio Perez's brilliant maiden victory last time out in Bahrain has given Racing Point a handy but fair from unassailable advantage. They lead fourth-placed McLaren by 10 points

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Renault are still mathematically in the hunt, 22 points back, although would require a bigger points swing than at any event so far this season to swing it their way. The Enstone team will therefore be hoping to bridge the 12-point gap to McLaren.

Ferrari's solitary point from the Bahrain doubleheader dropped them out of distant contention and, barring a freak set of results, they are set for sixth - their worst constructors' finish since 1981.

...and the drivers' key fights

Fourth place in the drivers' standings is the first position not to come with an end-of-season trophy, but it has still been talked about and coveted by several drivers this year.

For Perez, the man in possession, it would represent a career-best finish after 10 years in F1 and he now leads Renault's Daniel Ricciardo by 13 points.

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Racing Point's Sergio Perez reflects on being the first Mexican in 50 years to win a Grand Prix as he fought back from 18th to claim a maiden career victory

Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon and Lando Norris are separated by 11 points and effectively fighting for positions six through nine.

Second place is also technically up for grabs but it's a long shot for Red Bull's Max Verstappen, 16 points adrift of Valtteri Bottas, to deny Mercedes a perfect 1-2 finish to the season.

Who's saying goodbye to their teams - and F1 altogether?

Although this is the concluding round of the 2020 season, there are still two seats that are up in the air for 2021 - and in the two current fastest cars.

Hamilton has yet to sign his new deal at Mercedes, while Red Bull are waiting until after the Abu Dhabi GP to confirm Max Verstappen's team-mate for next season. Albon is the favourite to retain his drive, although Perez is also a contender given his strong form at Racing Point.

Perez is racing for the Silverstone team, who he joined back in 2014, for the last time this weekend, as he will be replaced by Sebastian Vettel next year, when Racing Point will be renamed Aston Martin.

Abu Dhabi is also Vettel's Ferrari bow after six years - with Sainz saying goodbye to McLaren to join the Scuderia for 2021, and Ricciardo saying goodbye to Renault to join McLaren.

Daniil Kvyat looks likely to be leaving AlphaTauri, and F1, after this weekend, while Kevin Magnussen will be leaving the grid after his Yas Marina finale with Haas.

Sky Sports' Abu Dhabi GP schedule

3.30pm: Abu Dhabi F1 special - Sky Sports News only

8.30am: Welcome to the Weekend LIVE!
9am: Practice One LIVE!
12.45pm: Practice Two build-up LIVE!
1pm: Practice Two LIVE!

9.45am: Practice Three build-up LIVE!
10am: Practice Three LIVE!
11.10am: Hamilton and Rossi: Champ to Champ
12pm: Qualifying build-up LIVE!

11.30am: Grand Prix Sunday LIVE!
3pm: Chequered Flag LIVE!
4pm: The Notebook LIVE!
4.30pm: The Switch: Hamilton and Rossi
5pm: Race highlights
7.35pm: Race re-run

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