Lewis Hamilton converted pole to victory ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes’s fifth consecutive front-row lockout in Abu Dhabi is an F1 record.
Mercedes claimed its fifth title after Hamilton inherited victory from a spun-out Verstappen.
But Vettel admitted that defeat in Mexico was hard to stomach.
A difficult fourth place was enough for Hamilton to seal his fifth world title.
Hamilton is odds-on to win the title tomorrow — so long as he makes it through the first corner.
Force India deliberately targeted a Q2 elimination to win free tyre choice for the start of the race.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen aren’t worried about mutually assured destruction in Mexico.
It’s Ricciardo’s first pole outside Monaco and RBR’s first front-row lockout in almost five years.
Sebastian Vettel says understanding the tyres will be key to turning around Ferrari’ poor practice pace.