Rosberg claims 11th pole of season in Abu Dhabi

Does pole position matter for the last race of the 2014 season? It has in 50% of the races this year so far as the pole-sitter has gone on to win the race so for Nico Rosberg, Sunday could be a 50/50 shot at a win. Winning the championship, however, is another story and requires some help from fate or other teams.

Rosberg claimed his 11th pole of the season in Abu Dhabi and looks to convert that performance to a win on Sunday. Trailing by 17 points in the Driver’s Championship, the German will need his teammate and points leader, Lewis Hamilton, to finish in third or worse in order to take the title thanks to double-points in the season’s final race.

For Hamilton, it’s business as usual saying he isn’t paying attention to Rosberg’s comments about Lewis’s mishaps during the year saying he keeps it to himself and lets his on-track performance do the talking—well, sort of but that’s not quite how I recall his actions at the Belgian Grand Prix this year.

Lewis claimed 2nd while a tidy and quick pair of Williams F1 drivers secured 3rd and 4th but historically they’ve not been able to mount an effective challenge to the Mercedes during the races this season.


1Nico RosbergMercedes1m40.480s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m40.866s0.386s
3Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m41.025s0.545s
4Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m41.119s0.639s
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m41.267s0.787s
6Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault1m41.893s1.413s
7Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m41.908s1.428s
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes1m41.964s1.484s
9Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m42.236s1.756s
10Fernando AlonsoFerrari1m42.866s2.386s
11Kevin MagnussenMcLaren/Mercedes1m42.198s1.718s
12Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Renault1m42.207s1.727s
13Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m42.239s1.759s
14Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m42.384s1.904s
15Adrian SutilSauber/Ferrari1m43.074s2.594s
16Esteban GutierrezSauber/Ferrari1m42.819s2.339s
17Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Renault1m42.860s2.380s
18Kamui KobayashiCaterham/Renault1m44.540s4.060s
19Will StevensCaterham/Renault1m45.095s4.615s
20Romain GrosjeanLotus/Renault1m42.768s2.288s
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