Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Hamilton takes first pole in four months

In an intriguing qualifying session, it was Lewis Hamilton who reigned supreme and took his first pole since Germany. He led an all Mercedes top 2 although Valtteri Bottas will have to start from the back due to his penalty.

This means Max Verstappen will line up alongside the reigning champion ahead of the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, who would’ve had an interesting debrief as the backing up at the final corner resulted in Leclerc being unable to set a final flying lap.

Alex Albon will start in fifth ahead of Lando Norris, who wins the McLaren head to head. Daniel Ricciardo will start in seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz, Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez, who is in a favourable position being the first with a free choice of tyres.

It was a better session all round for Racing Point, as Lance Stroll will start twelfth, the pink cars sandwiching Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso. Whilst it was a bad session for Alfa Romeo as both failed to get past Q1.

Here is the starting grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with all penalties applied.

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1.34.779
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1.35.139
  3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1.35.219
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1.35.339
  5. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) 1.35.682
  6. Lando Norris (McLaren) 1.36.436
  7. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) 1.36.456
  8. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) 1.36.459
  9. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) 1.36.710
  10. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) 1.37.055
  11. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) 1.37.089
  12. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) 1.37.103
  13. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1.37.141
  14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 1.37.254
  15. Romain Grosjean (Haas) 1.38.051
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1.38.114
  17. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1.38.383
  18. George Russell (Williams) 1.38.717
  19. Robert Kubica (Williams) 1.39.236
  20. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1.34.973*

KEY: Green = Q3, Orange = Q2, Red = Q1
*= Back of grid penalty

One comment

  1. Great effort from Lando Norris in his rookie season.
    Really good to see McLaren returning to form. Overall a pretty consistent season and a good foundation to build on next season.


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