Lewis Hamilton ended first practice on top of the timesheets

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton strikes first blow as Mercedes duo streak clear of the rest of the pack

Nico Rosberg was a close second to championship rival Hamilton but third-placed Fernando Alonso was a staggering 1.7 seconds adrift

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg shake hands ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg warns Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to 'keep it clean' in championship decider

Rosberg wants a  fair and clean race on Sunday but Hamilton responds by suggesting 'that's how it's been all season'

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Lewis Hamilton greets fans at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi yesterday

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With his second world title in sight, the British driver plays it cool but says he is far stronger than for 2008’s finale

Sebastian Vettel (left) watches as Fernando Alonso (centre) shares a light-hearted moment with Jenson Button during a news conference at the Yas Marina circuit yesterday

Sebastian Vettel ties knot with Ferrari as Jenson Button waits for Fernando Alonso’s next move

World Champions cite need for 'fresh challenges' as reasons for moving on - but will the Spaniard be heading to McLaren to take Britons drive?

Will Stevens will make his F1 debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: British driver Will Stevens to fill vacant Caterham seat for F1 debut

Stevens will partner regular driver Kamui Kobayashi as Caterham return to the grid after a two-race absence

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: How can Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the F1 Drivers' Championship?

Video explainer: The Independent explains exactly what Hamilton needs to do on Sunday to be crowned champion

Fernando Alonso will leave Ferrari

Fernando Alonso leaves Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Alonso's replacement for 2015 season

Alonso will end his five-year relationship with Ferrari with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel

Michael Schumacher in 2010. The seven-times Formula One world champion has been in a coma for more than 13 weeks

Michael Schumacher: Ex-F1 driver and close friend Philippe Streiff claims Schumacher is 'paralysed in a wheelchair' and can't speak

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Jules Bianchi of France and Marussia arriving for the drivers' parade prior to the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on 5 October

Jules Bianchi update: Driver out of artificial coma and has been moved back to France but still unconscious and in 'critical' condition

Bianchi suffered an axonal diffuse head injury during the Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean tackles the Circuit of the Americas during Friday practice

Romain Grosjean to remain with Lotus for 2015 Formula One season

Frenchman has had a disappointing campaign compared to last season

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff

Why Formula One success leaves Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hungry – and miserable

Mercedes will claim the drivers’ championship this week having clinched the constructors’, but, David Tremayne hears, the team’s likeable executive director remains dissatisfied

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hoping for quick resolution with Lewis Hamilton after F1 decider

Wolff would like to extend Hamilton's contract, which ends next year

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton set to agree new deal at Mercedes next week

Mercedes will meet with Formula One leader after Abu Dhabi finale

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has been resting away from the paddock ahead of the title decider

Kevin Garside: Can Lewis Hamilton finally win hearts as well as the world championship?

COMMENT: Next Sunday he has another opportunity to certificate his position in the pantheon with a second world title

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