Race week once again and the final one of the year, so lets take a look at everything you need to know, what I think will happen this weekend, and who needs a good weekend to finish this year on a high!
Both Lewis and Max are on equal points going into this weekend? But who will be victorious come Sunday night? Well its all to play for…
I think whatever happens this weekend, we are extremely grateful for the championship battle we have witnessed this year and not just Lewis/Max. Looking further into it, the battle between Perez/Bottas which one would qualify higher up would it be a Red Bull sandwich or a Mercedes?
But going a little bit further down the grid, the battle between McLaren and Ferrari, two great teams and all very good drivers, all in which have been on the podium this year!
Who needs a good weekend?
I feel both Red Bulls need a good weekend, Max has lost the lead in the championship to now be on equal points with Lewis, if he wants to win this on Sunday he will need to have a brilliant Saturday and then again a brilliant Sunday too as the Mercedes engine is very powerful and they have dominated Abu Dhabi a lot (apart from last year). Perez needs a good weekend, obviously he had a DNF last week in which made Mercedes have a bigger gap in the Constructors, so he will be hoping to get a good amount of points this weekend.
Lando needs a good weekend, he lost P5 to Charles last weekend so he will be hoping to be able to get that back, if that wasn’t the only thing he has his ex-team-mate just behind him by 4.5 points as i’m sure he wouldn’t want to loose out on another place in the constructors.
Predictions for Qualifying-
My top five are: Pole- Hamilton, P2: Verstappen, P3: Bottas, P4: Perez and P5: Leclerc. Both Mercedes and Red Bulls will be wanting to get the most out of their car this weekend and get the best position they can!
Gasly could possibly be up in the top 5, like I said last week you can’t count him out of a qualifying session, so it will be either him or Leclerc in top 5, or maybe both of them if a Merc or Bull has a bad qualifying?
Times for the weekend-
Formula 1- Friday 10th- FP1: 09:30am – 10:30am (GMT), 10:30am – 11:30am (CET). FP2: 13:00pm – 14:00pm (GMT), 14:00pm – 15:00pm (CET).
Saturday 11th- FP3: 10:00am – 11:00am (GMT), 11:00am – 12:00pm (CET). Qualifying: 13:00pm – 14:00pm (GMT), 14:00pm – 15:00pm (CET).
Sunday 12th- Race: 13:00pm (GMT), 14:00pm (CET).
Formula 2- Friday 10th- Free Practice: 8:05am – 8:50am (GMT), 9:05am – 9:50am (CET). Qualifying: 14:30pm – 15:00pm (GMT), 15:30pm – 16:00pm (CET).
Saturday 11th- Sprint Race 1: 8:20am – 9:05am (GMT), 9:20am – 10:05am (CET). Sprint Race 2: 14:45pm – 15:30pm (GMT), 15:45pm – 16:30pm (CET).
Sunday 12th- Feature Race: 09:00am (GMT), 10:00am (CET).