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Lewis Hamilton arrives ahead of the Abu Dhabi grand prix looking for his 11th win of the season

Lewis Hamilton arrives ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix wins the 11th win of the season … but he will not be the only driver of the season on Yas Marina

  • Formula One arrives in Abu Dhabi for the last race of the season
  • Lewis Hamilton wants to be hoping to end a highly successful campaign on a high
  • But Brit set to be challenged by rivals including Max Verstappen for win
  • READ: All the latest F1 news, features and points tables

Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Lewis Hamilton was among the early arrivals in Abu Dhabi ahead of the final Grand Prix of the Formula One season as he hopes to end a stunning year on a high.

The Brit has already clinched his fifth world championship title in the finals at the Yas Marina circuit, while his team has clinched the Constructors title at the previous race in Brazil.

Walking through the paddock with his smart phone, Hamilton cut a calm figure as he targets winning at 11th race of the season – which would be the half of the 21-venue strong calendar.

Lewis Hamilton arrives ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit

Lewis Hamilton arrives ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit

Lewis Hamilton arrives ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit

Although there's little to play in the championship, Hamilton can not wait to finish the season on the top step of the podium.

Chief among them is Max Verstappen who was controversially denied victory at Interlagos last time out.

The Red Bull starred in victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix on the track by Esteban Ocon who had a clumsy move tried to unlap himself.

Verstappen has been in top form in the second half of the season, and is looking to strengthen his credentials as a title challenger heading into 2019, where Red Bull hopes to have an improved engine package with new power unit supplier Honda.

Fernando Alonso wants to be competing in Formula One for McLaren's last time driving

Fernando Alonso wants to be competing in Formula One for McLaren's last time driving

Fernando Alonso wants to be competing in Formula One for McLaren's last time driving

Sebastian Vettel's pass through the paddock on arrival at the Yas Marina Circuit

Sebastian Vettel's pass through the paddock on arrival at the Yas Marina Circuit

Sebastian Vettel's pass through the paddock on arrival at the Yas Marina Circuit

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas hopes to avoid ending the season winless

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas hopes to avoid ending the season winless

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas hopes to avoid ending the season winless

By contrast Sebastian Vettel has suffered a dreadful second half of the season, going winless in the last seven races as he saw his and Ferrari's high hopes of ending a 10-year championship drought capitulate.

The German wants to hope to get back to winning ways, just to prove he can take the fight to Hamilton going forward.

Hamilton may be closer to home though. Teammate Valtteri Bottas Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix wants to be a win-win out of the campaign.

Fernando Alonso brings a 17-year association with F1 to end while Daniel Ricciardo wants to race for Red Bull for the last time after five seasons to join Renault in 2019 ,

Esteban Ocon of France and Force India walks in the paddock with girlfriend Elena Berri

Esteban Ocon of France and Force India walks in the paddock with girlfriend Elena Berri

Esteban Ocon of France and Force India walks in the paddock with girlfriend Elena Berri

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