Not the best start to the end of Ericsson’s career

Date published: November 23 2018

Marcus Ericsson did not cover himself in glory as he became his final race by greeting the barrier.

McLaren honoured Fernando Alonso ahead of his 312th and final F1 grand prix with a special livery for his MCL33.

Lewis Hamilton’s W09 sported the number ‘1’ after the reigning World Champion reportedly requested special permission to run it.

Robert Kubica replaced Sergey Sirotkin in FP1, he’ll also replace the Russian driver at Williams permanently in 2019.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari sported a new-look front wing based on the 2019 design – but still compliant with the 2018 regulations.

This weekend’s grand prix marks Daniel Ricciardo’s final race as a Red Bull driver. He desperately wants to end it with a podium if not better.

21 races into a 21-race season and McLaren are still trying to understand their front wing.

It was hot in Abu Dhabi, hotter still for the over-worked Pirelli tyres.

Marcus Ericsson met the barrier…

And Max Verstappen finished the session fastest of all, almost half a second up his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.

More to follow…