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12-15 MARCH 2015

Title glory for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest world champion in Formula One history with victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Monday morning.

The German Red Bull driver, 23, needed to win and hope for a poor performance from championship leader Fernando Alonso, and he got his wish, with the Ferrari man only able to manage a seventh-place finish at the Yas Marina circuit.

Vettel keeps plans quiet

Sebastian Vettel continued to tease as the debate again raged over whether he will aid Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in Sunday's title-decider in Abu Dhabi.

For the final pre-race press conference of the season on a Thursday involving the drivers, the FIA threw together the four championship protagonists - Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, the latter trio eight, 15 and 24 points adrift of the Spaniard respectively.

Hamilton on song in practice

Lewis Hamilton reminded the Formula One world of his chance of stealing the title by finishing quickest in Friday's second practice.

The McLaren driver is fourth in the drivers' championship heading into Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, requiring a race win, and a flop from his rivals, to claim the title.

The Englishman clocked a time of 1.40.888 seconds on the Yas Marina circuit, just 0.609 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel's course record set last year.

Webber pledges Red Bull future

Mark Webber has pledged his future to Red Bull for next season and was philosophical after missing out on the Formula One World Championship to teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Webber, 33, led the drivers' standings for much of the season, but saw his lead whittled away in the closing weeks by both Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Alonso's title to lose

Fernando Alonso believes he is in a strong position to win the Formula One World Championship after qualifying ahead of Mark Webber.

Ferrari's Alonso came in third on Saturday qualifying for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, behind the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, but crucially ahead of nearest challenger Mark Webber.

The Red Bull man, eight points behind leader Alonso in the drivers' championship standings, could only manage fifth.

"In the race anything can happen," Alonso said.

Ferrari - Red Bull hold all the Aces

Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali considers Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel a joint threat for the Formula One title.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso leads the Drivers' Championship by eight points heading into the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, but Domenicali said the fact that Red Bull have two drivers left in the title race gives them an edge.

Aussie Ricciardo impresses again

Daniel Ricciardo set the pace on the second and final day of the young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Australian, driving a Red Bull, set a best time of one minute 38.102 seconds from his 77 laps to finish seven-tenths quicker than the Renault of Jerome D'Ambrosio.

Ricciardo's time was 1.3 seconds quicker than that achieved by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in setting pole position for Sunday's season-ending grand prix, although it is generally accepted that the circuit was around 1.5secs quicker on Wednesday than it was over the weekend.

Webber qualifies fifth

Mark Webber's title hopes have been dealt a blow after the Australian qualified fifth for Monday morning's season deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel set a scorching pace to take pole.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso came in third, considerably denting Webber's chances of snatching the title.

Vettel's time of one minute 39.394 seconds was followed closely by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who kept his slim title hopes alive with 1:39.425 to come in second.

Williams keep Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello has re-signed with Williams, but team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is on his way out of the British Formula One team.

Barrichello, 38, has signed on for a second year with the UK constructor, meaning he will line-up for his 19th consecutive F1 season in 2011.

The Brazilian veteran became the first man to make 300 race starts at the Belgian GP in August and helped Williams to sixth place in constructors' championship.

The most experienced man in F1 joined Williams after one season with the now defunct Brawn GP in 2009.

Webber will take any win

Red Bull's Mark Webber admits he is prepared to win the Formula One championship with the assistance of team orders on Sunday.

The F1 season concludes at Abu Dhabi this weekend with an unprecedented four drivers vying to become world champion.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso holds a slim eight-point lead over Webber on the drivers' table with Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel a further seven points adrift.


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