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Abu Dhabi GP preview

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The drivers have arrived in Abu Dhabi for the final race of the 2015 Formula One season and below you can find a full preview supplying all of the information you need to savour the final race of a controversial if-not-always entertaining season.

There may only pride for the 20 drivers to compete for so I forgive you for thinking this will be a dull race, but from past experiences when pride is all these drivers have left to fight for we often get the best racing.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will once again be at the front vying for the final victory of the season.

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Rosberg will want to finish off the season with three straight victories to prove a point his intentions to avoid staying in his teammate's shadow.

He needs to use the last few races as a springboard to come back next season fully committed to the title fight and that starts with winning the final race of the season.

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Whilst the two Mercs are likely to battle to outperform one another, you can bet your bottom dollar Vettel won't be far behind and will be hoping he can pounce on any mistakes the pair make.

Unfortunately, he isn't going to be close enough on pure pace despite the Ferrari's performance improving as the season has progressed, all in all, Vettel should be quietly pleased with how the year has gone.

As for the rest of the field, Red Bull should also have a better race here. Despite the lack of power they will suffer from on the straights, they should, however, be the best team in sector three and at least one of their cars should finish in the top six.

Whether the team will announce their engine supplier for the next season remains to be seen, but with an update expected on the Lotus takeover by Renault, Red Bull’s announcement shouldn't be far behind.

Their sister team Toro Rosso should be strong in the race once again, but as we have seen all season, they have struggled with qualifying but when it comes to race day their drivers know what to do.

McLaren will be desperate to score points in the final race but both cars finishing the Grand Prix would be a success in their book given their constant troubles.

They will be glad to see the back of this season but should come back re-energised with the solid focus on consistent point scoring in 2016.

Williams and Force India should be in the points here with the latter likely to have the advantage as has been the case for almost every race since the summer break.

Sauber could creep into the points once again if there are a few DNF’s along with at least one Lotus, most likely Romain Grosjean in his final race for the Enstone team.

As for Manor, they will be at the back of the grid again but hopefully that will be a thing of the past when they start using Mercedes engines from next season.

Yas Marina Circuit has two DRS Zones to aid overtaking and just a few turns separate the two activation zones - meaning if a driver can get close through the first zone they should be able to make the move stick during the second zone.

The first starts quite early into sector two down the straight between turns seven and eight before the drivers arrive at heavy braking zone ahead of the chicane at turn eight and nine.

The second DRS zone starts shortly after the sweeping tenth corner and continues right up to turn 11, where the technical sector three begins.

You can expect most overtakes to happen in the second DRS Zone which should mean they cannot be overtaken themselves due to the trickier third sector.

Key information

Number of Laps: 55

Race Distance: 305.355km

Circuit Length: 5.554km

Sky Sports F1 schedule

Saturday, November 28-

Practice Three: 10:00

Qualifying Build Up: 12:00

Qualifying Start: 13:00

Sunday, November 29-

Grand Prix Build Up: 11:30

Race Start: 13:00

There you have it the final race preview of the season, hopefully you have enjoyed these posts and pre-race analysis this season.

Hopefully, we get the finale the season deserves, with all drivers allowed to race with the engines on full beans and without any restricting team orders so we can get an entertaining race to tide us over until March.

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