12.56pmSebastian Vettel's championship hopes were dealt a hammer blow last night as the German was penalised for having his car rolled back to the garage. Fernando Alonso needs to take advantage of his woes and score some points. It's all set up to be a fantastic race... so sit tight!
12.58pmBernie Ecclestone is giving Vettel some words of wisdom as he sits in the pit lanes. It could be an historic occassion if the two-time champion can overcome this peril.
Lap 3Vettel is up into 16th. He's cruising past Charles Pic at the moment. Watch this space...
Lap 4Hamilton's lead at the front is nearly two seconds now, following that little scare from Raikkonen.
Lap 5Webber is the biggest loser at the front of the grid, falling from third to fifth. Alonso has gone from sixth to fourth. Both he and Vettel have had the starts they needed. Although both will now be pushing harder to get further up the points (or into the points, in Vettel's case).
Lap 5Alonso's Ferrari made Webber's Red Bull look pedestrian in passing him. Superb piece of driving from the Spaniard, as ever.
Lap 6Paul di Resta and Romain Grosjean both suffered punctures on the opening lap.
Lap 13Vettel had collided with a platic sign on the trackside while warming up his tyres. He is agitated and screaming on his team radio. His front wing is damaged and it looks as though he will have to pit.
Lap 13The German was berating Ricciardo, who he believed to be braking too severely. Things seem to have gone majorly against Vettel this weekend, after a recent spell of dominance.
Lap 14Vettel is pitting for a new front wing. Safety car is still out
Lap 14The German comes back out in 21st. That's a blow after some good early work in getting up to 14th.
Lap 15Webber immediately attacks Alonso but the Spaniard hangs onto fourth!
Lap 16Hamilton has rebuilt a 1.6 second lead over Raikkonen and has just posted a fastest lap time. Good pace from the McLaren.
Lap 17Vettel and Grosjean are having a right old tussle! The German takes the Lotus, but is then immediately retaken! However, Vettel is not to be denied and goes off the track for a better angle on the Frenchman's car and eventually gets himself in front. I think there's going to be an investigation into Vettel's manoeuvre, specifically as to whether he was off the track when he initiated the move.
Lap 18There seems to have been an amicable solution as Vettel lets Grosjean back in front... but not for long, Vettel is back in front of the Frenchman. Catch your breath, Seb. There needs to be a lot more of that if you're going to score decent points today.
Lap 19The sun is starting to come down over Abu Dhabi, but the action has been far from fading in the opening 18 laps of this race. Vettel is tearing through the pack and Hamilton looks comfortbale leading.
Lap 20Alonso is eating into the gap between him and Maldonado.
Lap 20HAMILTON IS OUT! HE'S CRAWLING TO A STOP! DISASTER!
Lap 21It's a repeat of Singapore! He had driven so well as well! Raikkonen leads now, followed by Maldonado, Alonso and Webber.
Lap 22Alonso uses his DRS to swish past Maldonado! He's into second!
Lap 27Webber and Massa go wheel to wheel! The Brazilian comes off worst as this time it's his turn to take a spin!
Lap 28Massa pits for new tyres. They would have taken a bit of a bashing as he was forced to spin round to face forwards. I don;t think either man will be happy with each others' driving there. Massa ran him off the track first, so it's the Aussie who has the right to be displeased.
Lap 28There will be no action on the incident between MAldonado and Webber. Right call.
Lap 29The incident between Webber and Massa will now be investigated... busy day for the stewards!
Lap 29No further action on that one either. all pending investigations have been completed and we can full focus on this mesmerising race!
Lap 30Perez moves past Maldonado now. Top 10 update coming right up...
Lap 30Actually, we'll wait just a second as the drivers start to come into the garage for new tyres.
TOP 10:Raikkonen, Perez, Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Senna, Vergne, Grosjean, Di Resta
Lap 31Vettel moves into second place! The Red Bull has already pitted as well, though there will be question marks over his tyres by the end of the race!
Lap 32Raikkonen pits and... comes out just ahead of Vettel. We're all set for a ding dong between the Finn and the German!
Lap 32Jenson Button has set the fastest lap of the race. He's trying to get past Fernando Alonso.
Lap 33It's been a breathtaking drive by Vettel already. He's bidding to become the first man to win a Grand Prix from the back of the grid.
Lap 35The drivers have settled into a bit of a formation now. Raikkonen is slowly pulling away from Vettel, but the Red Bull is decisively ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Lap 37Vettel's tyres have been predicted to last 36 laps. He's done 23. There are 19 left. It's going to be a nail-biter!
Lap 38Vettel is going to pit! He wants new tyres so he can get a good run on the traffic behind him.
Lap 39He gets back out in fourth and avoids a mess of traffic. He's behind Jenson Button but crucially ahead of Di Resta, Perez and Grosjean.
Lap 39CHAOS! Webber and Grosjean crash out! The safety car is back out!
Lap 40It was a three-way tussle between Webber, Perez and Grosjean. There was contact all over the shop! Perez comes in to pit... he's the lucky one, he's still racing!
Lap 40There is a lot to decipher on that exchange.
Lap 40Di Resta was also minorly involved and he may be forced to pit for a bit of repair work.
Lap 4015 laps to go and the race - and the championship - is finely poised.
Lap 41Vettel is very much in the driving seat now (excuse the pun).
Lap 41Webber's retirement means that it's now mathematically impossible to win the drivers' championship.
Lap 42Classic Raikkonen. His team are telling him what he needs to do, to wich the former world champion replies: "Yes, yes, yes. I know what I need to do. You don't have to keep reminding me every minute."
Lap 42Unsurprisingly, the incident between Webber, Perez, Di Resta and Grosjean is to be investigated. Good luck untangling that one stewards! Although it looks as though Perez is the guilty party.
Lap 43The safety car has aided Vettel's pursuit of the leaders and he is on fresh tyres now. The safety car departs the track and we're racing once again!
Lap 44Perez has been given a 10-second stop and go penalty.
Lap 44Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race. Quality driving!
Lap 44Vettel is having a serious look at Button. He can't get past but the McLaren is struggling to hold the Red Bull off!