Lewis Hamilton Secures Pole Position At Season Ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton cemented his world championship status at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in style as he wrapped up qualifying with pole position in his pocket. His first pole position in 9 races. Teammate Valtteri Bottas was second but will start last after taking an engine penalty, Max Verstappen secured third. The Ferraris will start 3th and 4th after taking into account Bottas’s grid penalty. Charles Leclerc narrowly out-qualified teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton appeared untouchable at the Yas Marina street circuit, Red Bull lacked pure performance to challenge the Mercedes but may well face stiff competition from Ferrari for Sunday’s race. Ferrari tried to nab second spot on the grid in the dying seconds of Q3, just when the track offers optimum levels of grip.
However, Leclerc failed to get over the line in time and was unable to set a timed lap. As exciting as qualifying is Sunday is where the points are won and lost, where victory is declared. But in all honesty, race day looks like a Lewis Hamilton walk in the park.
2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Results
|3||33||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:36.390||1:36.275||1:35.139||16|
|6||23||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:36.102||1:36.718||1:35.682||21|
|11||11||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:36.961||1:37.055||13|
|12||10||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:37.198||1:37.089||12|
|13||18||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:37.528||1:37.103||14|
|14||26||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:37.683||1:37.141||12|
|17||99||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:38.114||6|
|18||7||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:38.383||6|
Q1 107% time – 1:42.561
Note – Bottas starts from the back of the grid due to use of additional power unit elements.