Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Qualifying: Saturday’s Results, Times, Final Grid

By Matt Jones
at Internationaled.org

Published: November 26, 2016

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton laid down the gauntlet to title rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday, as he secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an excellent qualifying performance.

The two rivals are set to battle it out for the world title in Sunday's Formula One season finale. It's a tussle Hamilton boosted his chances in after posting a time of one minute, 38.755 seconds to finish quickest; Rosberg will begin alongside the champion on the front row, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be in third.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had earlier topped final practice ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The qualifying session sets things up wonderfully for a key race. Rosberg will win the world title if he comes home in the top three on Sunday, while Hamilton must win and hope his rival finishes off the podium if he's to retain the crown; the latter trails the former by 12 points as things stand.

Here's a closer look at the standings in full from qualifying and a recap of how things panned out at the Yas Marina circuit.

    

Qualifying RecapHere is a look at how the grid will shape up for Sunday's race, per the F1 Twitter feed:



Although the battle for pole in earnest wouldn't begin until the third part of qualifying, Hamilton made a big early statement with his first timed lap of the session, as noted by the Mercedes Twitter feed:



Rosberg, by contrast, was a little more tentative in his approach to the first section of qualifying, trailing his rival by around one second. "I had two mistakes in there," the German advised his engineer, per BBC Sport, as he was only the fifth fastest man on track.

There were no huge surprises in Q1, although a tough weekend continued for Toro Rosso after both of their drivers failed to make it past the first cut. Meanwhile, F1 broadcaster Mark Ga...
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