Starting grid for the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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ABU DHABI – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg enter their final battle for the 2014 Formula 1 world championship today in Abu Dhabi, with the Mercedes drivers both standing a chance of winning the drivers’ title.

Hamilton heads into the final race of the year with a 17-point lead at the top of the standings, but with double points on offer for the race in Abu Dhabi, there is still everything to play for.

A top two finish would be enough for Hamilton, and he had to settle for second place in qualifying yesterday as Rosberg produced a fine performance in the final part of Q3 to secure his eleventh pole position of the season.

For the race, Rosberg has said that he does not feel under pressure as he has nothing to lose, whereas Hamilton has plenty. The final battle does promise to be a thrilling one in Abu Dhabi, and after a season full of drama and intrigue, the decisive race is unlikely to be any different.

You can read our full qualifying report here, but here is the updated grid following a few penalties ahead of the race.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

  • The big news post-qualifying was the exclusion of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo from the final results after the FIA stewards deemed the front wing on the Red Bull cars to be illegal. Following changes overnight, both cars will start from the pit lane.
  • Romain Grosjean was handed a 20-place grid penalty for changing some engine elements ahead of the race. He was only able to serve four places after qualifying 16th, and will go into the race with a 10-second stop/go penalty to make up for the rest of the penalty.

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2014 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams
4. Felipe Massa Williams
5. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
6. Jenson Button McLaren
7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
11. Sergio Perez Force India
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham
17. Will Stevens Caterham
18. Romain Grosjean Lotus
PL. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
PL. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

You can watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7a ET today.