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Lewis Hamilton on pole position for Abu Dhabi title decider

2016-11-26 15:31:30

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton took a stunning pole position for the decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but Nico Rosberg remains on course for the title.

The German, who needs only to finish in the top three on Sunday to win the world championship, joins Hamilton on the front row, 0.303 seconds behind.

Hamilton needs two other cars between himself and Rosberg on Sunday, but Mercedes rivals were off their pace.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third, but 0.834secs slower than Hamilton.

Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen sixth.

Red Bull have thrown a curve ball ahead of the race by choosing to start on the super-soft tyres rather than the faster, but less durable, ultra-softs used by the rest of the top 10.

The plan will be to try to mix things up and get in amongst the Mercedes and this could play a role in strategy in the race.

Jenson Button will start the final race of his Formula 1 career 12th.

He was 0.228 seconds slower in second qualifying than team-mate Fernando Alonso - in the region of the typical gap between the two.

Alonso ultimately qualified ninth, behind the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez and ahead of Williams' Felipe Massa, who like Button is retiring after this race.

Button said: "Fernando did a good job but I think we did too. We start just outside the top 10. With that, we can start with new tyres and tyre a different strategy, which could be good. I'm looking forward to the race."

More to follow

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying results


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