Hamilton to end the season in style with a win
Lewis Hamilton was superb in qualifying for the final Grand Prix of the season, the inaugural Abu Dhabi GP, as he dominated and put his quick McLaren on pole position.
Afterwards Hamilton said that his car felt the best it had all season and with his added advantage of Kers with the two long straights the race looks like the outgoing world champion's for the taking.
The youngest F1 world champion in the history of the sport is a short 2/5 to win at the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday. This may look short but it could turn out to be great value as his car is so much quicker than the competition and Hamilton is a born racer so you know he won't let up despite the fact that there is not much left to race for other than pride.
Hamilton's biggest challengers should be the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel (5/1) and Mark Webber (8/1) who are second and third respectively on the grid.
In qualifying Vettel looked like he put his disappointing Brazilian qualifying performance behind him which basically ended any chance the German had of winning the drivers' championship. The Red Bull man though is still in a fight with Rubens Barrichello (12/1) for second place in the championship and comes to Abu Dhabi with a slender two point lead over the oldest driver on the grid.
Rubens starts on the second row in fourth with his team-mate and newly crowned world champion Jenson Button (12/1) one place behind in fifth.
Although I don't think either of the Brawn drivers will finish on the podium, barring technical problems, I expect the front three on the grid to all make the podium. To do this Hamilton is 1/6, Vettel 1/3 and Webber 4/6.
Behind the Brawns on the grid is the impressive looking Toyota of Jarno Trulli (40/1 to win the race) and then the BMWs who take part in their 70th and final Grand Prix with Robert Kubica (50/1) in seventh and Nick Heidfeld (66/1) in eighth.
Then comes Nico Rosberg who looks a good bet at 11/10 to finish in the points. The talented German is likely to leave Williams in the close season as part of a vast merry go round of drivers.
Only six drivers are actually signed up for 2010 and so many drivers will be keen to remind potential suitors of their worth.
Therefore perhaps the most interesting things in Abu Dhabi could actually happen off the track and in the paddock rather than on the track.
Nevertheless there is plenty of minor honours up for grabs and teams will want to secure as many points as possible to boost their attractiveness to sponsors and so one has to hope that the season won't end quietly with F1's first ever twilight race.