Tomorrow: Top Gear’s live blog from Abu Dhabi

Well, that’s made things very interesting indeed, hasn’t it?

Prior to this afternoon’s qualifying session at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, the general feeling was that the 19th and final race of the 2010 Formula One season ought to be something of a formality for championship leader Fernando Alonso. Hell, even the man himself abandoned his usual vocal restraint to announce that he felt ‘100% confident’ of bagging a third crown earlier this week. But following a lacklustre Saturday that’s left two of Alonso’s rivals sat in front of him, Hamilton’s wingman to his right and Mark Webber looking to pounce on his gearbox from 5th on the grid, that conga line through downtown Madrid isn’t looking quite so nailed on. If the Spaniard wants to take the title tomorrow, he’s going to have to do it the hard way.

Not that it was ever going to be straightforward. Not in what’s been arguably the most dramatic season of the last decade, with control of the championship changing hands like a potato the temperature of the Earth’s core. And with a dramatic climax promised, there was no way we here at Top Gear were going to miss out. So, strings pulled and backs scratched, we’ve managed to secure a race day paddock pass, which – via the humbling magical power of the Internet – we’ll be using to keep you lot in the loop on what’s going on behind the scenes at the most important race of the year.

So head back to TopGear.com tomorrow where, from around 7am GMT, our man on the ground will be soaking up the atmosphere, posting whimsical trackside observations and, cameraphone drawn, invading the personal space of the gathered celebrity guests and racing royalty. And, of course, keeping you updated with the latest developments in this year’s nail-biting Formula One title fight.

See you in the morning…

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a great qualifying session today very tight.
The race tomorrow will be very interesting Alonso should have the job done easily tomorrow.
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Webber has blown it now
Red Bulls hopes now lie with vettel. As a Hamilton fan, it was a gr8 session and I now hope he can go out and win the race tomorrow

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I’m dreaming of Felipe muttering about “Justice will be done!” on team radio shortly before vigorously driving into ‘nandos car.
That would end this years’ F1 season perfectly.

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I bet Alonso will false start. Lightening can strike twice.

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I’ll be at the birthdayparty of my father in law, so what an anticlimax for me not being able to follow it the way I wanted, damn. Anyway, Go Alonso get number 3 and number one for next year, that way Massa will definitely be number 2 LOL

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loved what i seen today and i think that alonso has it unless he doesent do anything stuiped.

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go ferrari!!! go alonso!!!

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So wish Hamilton could have snatched it up, but oh well.

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If Weber can sacrifice himself and trashes Alonso’s Ferrari at the 1st corner, that will give Vettel a chance to win the driver’s championship

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webber could be in the perfect position, hamilton must win the race and vettle must win the race. that means they are going to get very close at the first turn and alonso will have to be right there with them. so if seb and hamilton collide and take alonso with them mark webber just need to cruise to 4th or better. he could have made a very good decision by not being on the first 2 rows.

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Webber knows he blew it and at the most crucial of times.

I think the pressure got to him big time, even Button who already out of the points is ahead of him, although have to say McLaren got the best out of their aero set-up because their cars are absolute jet-quick during quali-sessions.

Ferrari has prepared really well for this fight. I think Fernando has the best chance to get the driver’s title.

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Very nice qualifying session yesterday, the top 3 were driving really aggressively, in addition the circuit and the setting are super.

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The one qualifying session when webber needed to do well…….he stuffed up!!!!!!

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The one qualifying session when webber needed to do well…….he stuffed up really bad!!!!!!

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Congratulations Sebastian Vettel!! Great Hammy, and Jenson Button. Hard Luck Webber!! Better luck next time. Thumbs!! (Alonso) hmmm, ohhh well. I guess you were wrong. Best F1 season ever!!!!! 2010 greatest year, ever!!!!!!!

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hamilton and jenson are going to do vettle well bad brits rule

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