Rosberg takes pole in Abu Dhabi; six straight

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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.

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1m40.237s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m40.614s0.377s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m41.051s0.814s
4Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m41.184s0.947s
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m41.444s1.207s
6Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m41.656s1.419s
7Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m41.686s1.449s
8Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m41.759s1.522s
9Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m41.933s1.696s
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m42.708s2.471s
11Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m42.521s2.284s
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m42.668s2.431s
13Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m42.807s2.570s
14Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m43.614s3.377s
15Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes
16Sebastian VettelFerrari1m42.941s2.704s
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m43.187s2.950s
18Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m43.838s3.601s
19Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m46.297s6.060s
20Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari1m47.434s7.197s
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Dr T

The only other place you can get that number of consecutive poles in the red light district in Amsterdam… or so I am told

Patrick Chapman

Or Poleand

The Captain

Can someone please explain why they aren’t enforcing the four wheels over the line stuff at the one damn track that needs it the most? I mean I saw almost every driver do it at some point during their laps but apparently it’s not being enforced at all here? NBC loves to nitpick a car going all four off at the tracks where Charlie Whiting is strictly enforcing it, but they don’t mention why it’s not enforced at other tracks at all tracks like this (I know I know, why should I expect actual info and tech analysis from NBC).… Read more »

The Sarcastic SOB

Maybe they don’t want any “negativity” to creep in on the last race?

Paul KieferJr

The theory is that they want to enforce it where the driver is actually getting a clear advantage. Not every place on the track is a spot where that can happen.

jakobusvdl

Nice work by Rosberg, 6th pole in a row, I’m hoping he can turn that into 3rd win in a row, so we have a closer championship race in 2016. Are Ferrari going back to old ways with failing to get Vettel through to Q2? Especially when the car is good enough for 3rd on the grid. Fantastic work by Perez to get into fourth, and Hulkenberg not far behind. The Force India is really showing well towards the end of the season. Lots of other great performances through the field, though Williams aren’t doing as well as I’d expect… Read more »

jakobusvdl

I was surprised! Though Perez nearly clattered Hamilton – Next time Checo, keep it pinned ;-)

MIE

With Will Stevens using a fifth CE he will drop all the way to the back of the field.

jakobusvdl

It always makes for more exciting racing when the top drivers start out of position. It will be great to see him storming through ;-)