Vettel equals Mansell with 14th season pole

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button

Sebastian Vettel has equalled Nigel Mansell’s season qualifying record, taking the top spot for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The Red Bull Racing world champion took his 14th pole position of the year, beating the weekend dominant McLarens.

The result matches Mansell’s record with Williams from the 1992 F1 season.

In the final Q3 session, Lewis Hamilton set the pace early before team-mate Jenson Button upped the ante. Hamilton responded immediately, but right at the end, Vettel managed a 1m 38.481s.

Australian Red Bull racer Mark Webber couldn’t improve on his second run, leaving him fourth ahead of the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

The two Ferrari’s will start ahead of the two Mercedes GP and Force India entries. Nico Rosberg lapped his car in 1m 39.773s for seventh ahead of team-mate Michael Schumacher. Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta will start ninth and 10th.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, driving for HRT, will start 21st after out-qualifying Jerome d’Ambrosio (Virgin) and HRT team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Qualifying results; Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.478 1:38.516 1:38.481 16
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.782 1:38.434 1:38.622 15
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.227 1:39.097 1:38.631 14
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.167 1:38.821 1:38.858 19
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.380 1:39.058 1:39.058 16
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.592 1:39.623 1:39.695 20
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.120 1:39.420 1:39.773 17
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.605 1:40.554 1:40.662 18
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.595 1:40.205 1:40.768 17
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.064 1:40.414 No time 15
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.311 1:40.874 18
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:40.955 1:40.919 18
13 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.737 1:41.009 15
14 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:41.391 1:41.079 15
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.386 1:41.162 16
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.613 1:41.240 17
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:42.258 1:41.760 13
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:42.979 11
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:43.884 11
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:44.515 9
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:44.641 9
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:44.699 8
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:45.159 8
24 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth No time 0

 

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