Hamilton beats Red Bulls to Abu Dhabi pole

  • Sunday 4th November, 2012 12:05am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Lewis Hamilton snapped Red Bulls pole streak in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton snapped Red Bulls pole streak in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position after topping qualifying for the seventh time this season.

The McLaren driver’s first Q3 lap of 1:40.63s proved 0.35s better than that managed by second fastest man Mark Webber.

Webber set his time on his second run, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s second effort left the championship leader 0.11s further adrift.

There was post-session drama Vettel, who was asked by his team to shut down his RB8 on his in-lap. He was later disqualified from the session CLICK HERE for report.

The German had earlier completed just one flying lap in Practice 3 due to brake problems.

Pastor Maldonado was the surprise packet of qualifying in fourth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and a lacklustre title contender Fernando Alonso. Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.

An unsafe pit release involving Alonso and Grosjean was investigated by stewards after the session, with no action taken.

Further down the order, Force India and Sauber both failed to make Q3 with their entries, while Michael Schumacher missed the top 10 cut-off for the second consecutive weekend.

See below for the full qualifying result








1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:41.4971:40.9011:40.63015
2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:41.9331:41.2771:40.97817
3Sebastian Vettel*Red Bull Racing-Renault1:42.1601:41.5111:41.07316
4Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:41.9811:41.9071:41.22622
5Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:42.2221:41.5321:41.26020
6Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:42.3421:41.8731:41.29020
7Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:41.9391:41.5141:41.58217
8Nico RosbergMercedes1:41.9261:41.6981:41.60317
9Felipe MassaFerrari1:41.9741:41.8461:41.72317
10Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:42.0461:41.6201:41.77824
11Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:42.5791:42.01916
12Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:42.6241:42.08417
13Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:42.5721:42.21816
14Michael SchumacherMercedes1:42.7351:42.28914
15Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:43.2981:42.33018
16Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:43.5821:42.60617
17Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:43.2801:42.76514
18Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:44.0589
19Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:44.95611
20Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:45.08910
21Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:45.15111
22Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:45.4269
23Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:45.7668
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:46.3829

* Vettel will start Rear Of Grid 

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Abu Dhabi Race Guide

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