Live updates and live video from the Abu Dhabi GP

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It was clear after a tense qualifying in Abu Dhabi yesterday that Mark Webber had not read the script. After dominating practice and currently enjoying a fine run of form (not to mention four world titles), Sebastian Vettel appeared to be a shoe-in for pole position at Yas Marina. However, with his last time on Saturday, Webber produced a near-perfect lap to score his second pole of the season whilst his teammate was forced to settle for second place.

All eyes will be on the front of the grid to see if Webber and Vettel can keep it clean at the front, but Mercedes are waiting in the wings in third and fourth place. However, both Lotus and Ferrari have work to do. The Italian team will start seventh and tenth on the grid with Massa ahead of Alonso, whilst Kimi Raikkonen was excluded from qualifying late last night after a technical irregularity on his Lotus E21 car. Nevertheless, it sets the scene for a fascinating race as night falls in Abu Dhabi.

As well as watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on NBCSN live from 7:30am ET, you can catch the live coverage via NBC Sports Live Extra on your phone or tablet.

Customers with participating cable, satellite and telco TV providers can access the free service, which provides streaming coverage of all live NBC Sports events on both NBC and NBCSN through NBCSports.com/LiveExtra and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for iOS and select Android devices (available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play).

Formula One races are part of the programming shown on NBC Sports Live Extra, which also features the rest of NBCSN’s live-event roster: The IZOD IndyCar Series, the National Hockey League, the English Premier League, Major League Soccer, horse racing’s Triple Crown, and more.

You can also follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live via the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account, which will be providing commentary throughout the race.

Finally, be sure to visit MotorSportsTalk throughout the weekend for all of the latest news and updates from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”