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Lewis Hamilton ended Red Bull's run of pole position with a dominant performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton looked quick throughout this weekend and was the fastest in FP1 and FP3.
Hamilton's first lap time of 1m40.630s was enough for pole position though he did come out again for a second run on which he wan even quicker but decided to slow down after it was clear that no one could catch him. Mark Webber breaked into 1:40s on his final run to go 2nd fastest, but his lap time was still 3 tenths slower than Hamilton's.
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Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel could go only 3rd fastest. He had to stop the car after Renault instructed his team to do so. However, it's not clear what the exact problem is, it is suspected that it is related to engine, alternator or gearbox. Fernando Alonso was only 7th fastest who's 1m41.582s, his lap time was almost a second slower than Hamilton's and 5 tenths slower than Vettel's.
In between the two championship contenders, Pastor Maldonado was 4th fastest after setting a impressive lap time on his only Q3 run. He was marginally ahead of Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen who'll start the race from 5th place. Jenson Button failed to match his teammate's pace and will the start the race from 6th place. His time of 1m41.290s was 6 tenths slower than his British teammate.
Felipe Massa like Pastor Maldonado, decided to do only a single run in Q3 in which he could only get 9th spot on the grid ahead of Lotus' Romain Grosjean.
Force India looked strong but missed out narrowly from Q3. Nico Hulkenberg was 11th fastest while his teammate Paul di Resta was 13th fastest. After the qualifying, di Resta said that he was not happy with the car but hopes to grab a few points tomorrow.
None of the Sauber made into Q3 with Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi only 12th and 16th fastest respectively. Michael Schumacher also failed to get into top 10 shootout.
In Q1, Vergne spun on his fastest lap and was relegated in Q1 for the 8th time this season. Also, Charles Pic manages to outpace the Caterham of Charles Pic.
So, qualifying is done and dusted. Who do you think will win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Grand Prix? Let us know through the poll/comments section below or tweet us at @Rach_F1 .
01 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:40.630
02 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:40.978 0.348
03 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:41.073 0.443
04 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:41.226 0.596
05 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:41.260 0.630
06 Jenson Button McLaren 1:41.290 0.660
07 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.582 0.952
08 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.603 0.973
09 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.723 1.093
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:41.778 1.148
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:42.019
12 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:42.084
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1:42.218
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.289
15 Bruno Senna Williams 1:42.330
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:42.606
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:42.765
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:44.058
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:44.956
20 Charles Pic Marussia 1:45.089
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:45.151
22 Timo Glock Marussia 1:45.426
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:45.766
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:46.382