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Obviously Russell told Williams on Thursday that he was not feeling fit and the team searched the paddock for a replacement.
And Mercedes reserve Esteban Ocon had a seat fitting, but his long legs meant he was not able to fit comfortably in the car with Russell’s carbon seat.
Asked by Autosport to explain the issue that had caused doubts to his participation, Russell said: “I won’t expand on it.
Valtteri Bottas will start the final grand prix of the season from the back of the grid after an unscheduled engine change
but that didn’t stop the Finn topping both Friday practice sessions.
The Mercedes driver, who will finish second in the championship to his teammate Lewis Hamilton
ed Max Verstappen by half a second in the opening session and was 0.3 seconds quicker than Hamilton in the evening in Abu Dhabi.
For the last five years in Abu Dhabi a Mercedes has started from pole position and won the race and Hamilton is a top-price 6-5 to start at the front.
But the relative strengths of the leading cars have changed this season
and Lewis Hamilton has not been fastest in a qualifying session at any of the last nine grands prix.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been the king of qualifying this year with seven pole positions.
But the Monegasque racer has been out-qualified by his teammate Sebastian Vettel at three of the last four races.
Ferrari’s drivers will be under scrutiny this weekend after colliding late in the race in Brazil last time, and both hit the wall in practice on Friday.
But they showed encouraging pace in the evening session with Leclerc 0.075 seconds down on Hamilton’s time
There was no opportunity to make a seat for Ocon, meaning Williams turned to its 2018 race driver and Renault/McLaren reserve Sergey Sirotkin.
However Russell was then passed fit for FP1 by Hintsa Performance staff, who look after his medical and fitness requirements