Verstappen, Perez on front row for Abu Dhabi GP

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 18: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 18, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202211181492 // Usage for editorial use only //

With the drama and controversy of Brazil behind them, Max Verstappen took pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but not after giving his teammate, Sergio Perez a bit of a tow to lock out the front row of the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

Max had pole in hand but Sergio was behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz but Max lined up to give Sergio a slipstream that dragged him up to second, just .040s ahead of his rival for second in the Driver’s Championship.

Abu Dhabi Qualifying Results:

1Max VerstappenRed Bull1m24.754s1m24.622s1m23.824s
2Sergio PérezRed Bull1m24.82s1m24.419s1m24.052s
3Charles LeclercFerrari1m25.211s1m24.517s1m24.092s
4Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m25.09s1m24.521s1m24.242s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m25.594s1m24.774s1m24.508s
6George RussellMercedes1m25.545s1m24.94s1m24.511s
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m25.387s1m24.903s1m24.769s
8Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m25.735s1m25.007s1m24.83s
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m25.523s1m24.974s1m24.961s
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m25.766s1m25.068s1m25.045s
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m25.782s1m25.096s
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m25.63s1m25.219s
13Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m25.711s1m25.225s
14Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m25.741s1m25.359s
15Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m25.594s1m25.408s
16Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m25.834s
17Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m25.859s
18Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m25.892s
19Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m26.028s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m26.054s
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Oh, suddenly max is kind and generous.. not. Reading more of his patronizing comments yesterday, it is clear he Wants to appear nicey nicey.


I have to get off my soapbox here.Just because I can’t see past his father’s violent past and son’s arrogance, doesn’t mean he not a talented driver deserving the wins. They have a long history of behavior I cannot agree with, but that does not mean I have to bang on about it. Apologies.