Hamilton on pole in Abu Dhabi

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Qualifying for the final race of the 2018 Formula 1 season ended in the favor of Mercedes AMG Petronas and Lewis Hamilton on pole position but it was an interesting session nonetheless. With the setting sun going down over the horizon, the temperatures also went down and the grip window came up.

The changing grip levels saw a very competitive Sauber and Haas F1 as well as both Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s. A lap delta of 1-1.2s between Hyper and Ultra soft tires also played a role in the Q2 and Q3 session.

In the end, Lewis dug deep and found the extra pace to dip into the 1:34’s and take pole over his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, for the final race of the season. Now it is down to race pace and if Ferrari can challenge the Silver Arrows on Sunday.

Grid

POSDRIVERCARTIMEGAP
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m34.794s
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1m34.956s0.162s
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m35.125s0.331s
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m35.365s0.571s
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m35.401s0.607s
6Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m35.589s0.795s
7Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m36.192s1.398s
8Charles LeclercSauber/Ferrari1m36.237s1.443s
9Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m36.540s1.746s
10Nico HulkenbergRenault1m36.542s1.748s
11Carlos SainzRenault1m36.982s2.188s
12Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m37.132s2.338s
13Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m37.309s2.515s
14Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m37.541s2.747s
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Renault1m37.743s2.949s
16Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Honda1m37.994s3.200s
17Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Honda1m38.166s3.372s
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Renault1m38.577s3.783s
19Sergey SirotkinWilliams/Mercedes1m38.635s3.841s
20Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m38.682s3.888s
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