Your guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 racers

The drivers who will appear at the big race next weekend

Your guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 racers
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The drivers’ championship is already decided. Lewis Hamilton will go into the final Grand Prix of the season here in Abu Dhabi as champion.

However, the constructors’ championship is still to be decided, and with prize money dependant on where the teams finish, it’s almost as important as the personal glory for Hamilton and co.

Mercedes have won the last four titles, and will be looking to repeat that here, and with last year’s Abu Dhabi winner Valtteri Bottas lining up alongside Hamilton again this season, they’ll be confident.

At the time of writing, the penultimate race of the season is still to take place in Brazil, where a good performance from Ferrari could shake things up for the season finale.

F1 fans will know there are lots of other battles taking place all the way through the roster. Here’s a look at the teams and drivers racing around Yas Marina Circuit this year.

Ferrari
Drivers:
Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen
Still in with a chance of winning the contructors’ championship, and with two former winners here in Abu Dhabi. If Ferrari are still in the hunt on the final weekend, they’ll be confident.

Force India
Drivers:
Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez
Underdogs, to put it kindly. Ocon could be leaving for Williams, Perez has just signed a new deal. Unlikely to make it to the podium this year.

Haas
Drivers:
Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
The team is fifth in the championship, but both drivers, especially the experienced Grosjean, will probably be disappointed with their individual performances this year.

McLaren
Drivers:
Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso
The big story coming out of McLaren, and that people at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will get to witness, is that this will be Alonso’s final race in F1. It’s the end of an era.

Mercedes
Drivers:
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas Favourites for the constrcutors’ title, Hamilton has already won the driver’s championship, Bottas won here last year. It looks good for them, doesn’t it?

Red Bull
Drivers:
Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen
A team of young talented drivers. Ricciardo did well in 2017 and will be hoping to improve upon things this year. Third in the contructors’ table, a good performance from both men could make up for frustrations at problems during the Mexico Grand Prix here.

Renault
Drivers:
Carlos Sainz, Nico Hulkenberg
The talented Sainz will be saying goodbye to Renault after this race, as he moved to McLaren to replace Fernando Alonso. The team is fourth at the moment, we’re sure he’d like to sign off in style.

Sauber
Drivers:
Marcus Ericsson, Charles Leclerc
A team that’s losing both drivers after this race. Ericsson is moving to IndieCar, while LeClerc has bagged a move to Ferrari, with Flying Finn Kimi Räikkönen moving the
other way.

Toro Rosso
Drivers:
Brendon Hartley, Pierre Gasly
The Red Bull feeder team has talent – so much so Gasly will be part of the main squad in 2019 – but is mostly used as a breeding ground, rather than offering a challenge to the top order.

Williams
Drivers:
Lance Stroll, Sergey Sirotkin
Nowhere near the force it once was during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, Williams has struggled this season. They’ll be hoping to get the race over without any drama and move on to 2019.

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