Nico Rosberg has taken his sixth consecutive pole position in the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg beat teammate and 2015 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, to pole followed by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Rosberg’s late-season resurgence has some wondering if Lewis Hamilton let his guard down but the champ says he’s having difficulty with the car and has had since changes in Singapore. From Mercedes position, team mouthpiece Niki Lauda says there is nothing different it’s just a simple fact that Rosberg is driving better and Lewis needs to realize that.
Force India’s pace in the UAE was a refreshing story with Sergio Perez qualifying 4th and giving Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen a challenge. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had an odd moment when backing off in Q1 feeling the team had done enough to advance to Q2 only to find themselves shut out and starting from the back.
Fernando Alonso had a flat tire that spoiled his ability to advance to Q2 while teammate Jenson Button failed to advance to Q3.
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m41.184s||0.947s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.444s||1.207s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m41.686s||1.449s|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.933s||1.696s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m42.708s||2.471s|
|11||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m42.521s||2.284s|