WATCH LIVE: FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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ABU DHABI – As the 2014 Formula 1 season prepares to wind down this weekend, the pressure is still high at the front of the field as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg embark on their final showdown for the drivers’ championship in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton heads into the last race of the year with a 17 point advantage, but with double points on offer for the final race of the year at Yas Marina, he still needs a top two finish to be sure of the title. The Briton will be hoping to start as he means to go on in first practice, which kicks off the on-track action in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

You can watch FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 4a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The weekend so far has been dominated by off-track news following the confirmation of Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari for 2015. The four-time world champion will race alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Maranello, replacing the outgoing Fernando Alonso.

However, with a number of drivers still yet to confirm where they will be racing this year, this weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi provides them with one final chance to impress on-track in a bid for a seat.

Be sure to join us from 4a ET to watch FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.