Lewis Hamilton Secures Pole Position At Season Ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

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 - Hamilton P1 - Qualifying

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Results

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.851 1:35.634 1:34.779 19
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.200 1:35.674 1:34.973 16
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:36.390 1:36.275 1:35.139 16
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.478 1:35.543 1:35.219 16
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.963 1:35.786 1:35.339 16
6 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:36.102 1:36.718 1:35.682 21
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:37.545 1:36.764 1:36.436 17
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:37.106 1:36.785 1:36.456 15
9 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:37.358 1:36.308 1:36.459 17
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:37.506 1:36.859 1:36.710 18
11 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:36.961 1:37.055   13
12 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:37.198 1:37.089   12
13 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:37.528 1:37.103   14
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:37.683 1:37.141   12
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:37.710 1:37.254   14
16 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:38.051     8
17 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:38.114     6
18 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:38.383     6
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:38.717     8
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:39.236     6

Q1 107% time – 1:42.561

Note – Bottas starts from the back of the grid due to use of additional power unit elements.

 

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