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

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.497 1:40.901 1:40.630 15
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.933 1:41.277 1:40.978 17
3 Sebastian Vettel* Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.160 1:41.511 1:41.073 16
4 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.981 1:41.907 1:41.226 22
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:42.222 1:41.532 1:41.260 20
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.342 1:41.873 1:41.290 20
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.939 1:41.514 1:41.582 17
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.926 1:41.698 1:41.603 17
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.974 1:41.846 1:41.723 17
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.046 1:41.620 1:41.778 24
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.579 1:42.019 16
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.624 1:42.084 17
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:42.572 1:42.218 16
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.735 1:42.289 14
15 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:43.298 1:42.330 18
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.582 1:42.606 17
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:43.280 1:42.765 14
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:44.058 9
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:44.956 11
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.089 10
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:45.151 11
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.426 9
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.766 8
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:46.382 9

* Vettel will start Rear Of Grid 

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

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