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Organisers revealed that grandstand tickets for the 10th Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sold out in record time this year.

"I wanted to show "Still I Rise" on my back", said Hamilton, referring to a poem by writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton has four months to rest and prepare for the new season which kick-starts in Australia next March.

The race will be the last with Red Bull for Ricciardo, who is joining Renault next year. The hyper-soft is regarded as being two steps softer than the 2017 ultra-soft, meaning that the 1 minute 36.231 seconds track record - set by Valtteri Bottas in qualifying previous year - should be lowered further.

Hulkenberg's vehicle landed upside down against the barriers after attempting to make a move on Romain Grosjean.

Double Formula One world champion Alonso, who starts his last grand prix in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, will meanwhile get his hands on the American's Hendrick Motorsports number 48 Chevrolet. "Get me out of this auto", Hulkenberg said on his team radio.

The Halo hindered the marshals' attempts to free Hulkenberg and they had to right the vehicle before he could climb out, thankfully free of injury.

Still, he's a hugely respected driver - arguably one of the greats.

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It was a relatively straightforward 60 minutes for the bulls, with Ricciardo fortunately spared more drama after the mechanical issue he had encountered in FP3. The incident held up the race for a few laps, with drivers forced to slow down behind a safety auto, until the race resumed on Lap 5.

A one-stopper has usually been the winning strategy, with Valtteri Bottas triumphing a year ago after starting on ultrasofts and moving to supersofts.

"It was very close and I was in P10 but the team made the call to abort the lap and we just made it through".

The Ferrari driver will start the race on the purple-marked Ultrasoft tyre despite a scare in the early part of Q2, Vettel had flirted with the drop zone after a poor first run in the session.

"Get me out. There's fire".

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was another saying goodbye, to his Red Bull team before moving to Renault, and he finished fourth after leading for a long stint when Hamilton pitted early.

Raikkonen retired from his last race for Ferrari, which began in 2007 Hamilton said after 83rd career pole: "I'm so grateful for the mechanics who put this [car] together for me".

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