Another season of boiling tyres at 200mph is about to end. This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix holds fewer cards to play than 2016 did but don’t mistake it for meaningless.
For most of 2017, Scuderia Ferrari looked like a team in a fair fight with Mercedes, trading places where each could punch harder. At Interlagos, they took the fight to the lead Mercedes and finished first and third. Despite the title being decided two races ago, the Maranello team looked to be pushing and strategising as though the fight was still alive. As with Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari have to be buoyed by their massive team step forward this season, but need to finish strong and carry the momentum into the 2018 Formula One season. There will no satisfying statements with a second-place finish next year. The expectation that Maurizio Arrivabene will have his team in top form this weekend is there. Scuderia Ferrari will push as they did last race, and last year in Abu Dhabi, for the best result possible to go screaming into the off season on a high.
Follow us for the latest updates and results from the Yas Marina Circuit as the first practice session ahead of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF70H.