Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, outqualifying his championship-leading teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton held provisional pole early on with a 1:39.013, before improving to 1:38.755 to seal the top spot on the grid.
Rosberg also improved his time substantially on his second flyer, but still ended up three tenths down on the Englishman.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo secured the best of the rest spot in third place, ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
Max Verstappen made a mistake on his final flying lap and ended up only sixth, over two tenths down on his teammate.
Both Force Indias made it to Q3, with Nico Hulkenberg pipping Sergio Perez on his final qualifying session for the Silverstone-based squad.
McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso was ninth, while Williams driver Felipe Massa completed the Top 10.
While Massa made it to the final part of qualifying, teammate Valtteri Bottas just missed out on a Q3 spot. The Finn will start 11th, alongside the second McLaren of Jenson Button.
The two Haas drivers booked the seventh row of the grid, with Esteban Guttierez qualifying just ahead of Romain Grosjean.
Pascal Wehrlein made it to Q2 for the sixth time this season and will start the Abu Dhabi GP from 16th.
by Rachit Thukral