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Nico Rosberg storms to Abu Dhabi pole

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Sunday 29th November, 2015 - 1:35am

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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg continued his impressive qualifying form by claiming a sixth consecutive pole position for the final round at Abu Dhabi.

The session provided an intriguing battle between the Mercedes team-mates with Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton enjoying spells at the top of the timesheets in Q3.

However, it was Rosberg who took the spoils with the German’s final lap eclipsing Hamilton’s best by 0.3 seconds.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen emerged in third spot in a mixed session for the Maranello team as Sebastian Vettel was knocked out in Q1 after an uncharacteristic error.

The four-time world champion admitted it was his mistake rather than a mechanical issue that saw him end the session in a lowly 16th position.

Force India backed up their strong practice pace with Sergio Perez completing the second row in fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo produced one of his best qualifying performances of the season to claim fifth for Red Bull ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Nico Hulkenberg reiterated Force India’s form in seventh while Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen will start from 11th after being pipped to the final spot in Q3 by team-mate Sainz.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was 12th fastest while team-mate Fernando Alonso suffered a left rear puncture in Q1 which restricted him to 17th spot.

Pastor Maldonado will start from 13th on the grid alongside Sauber’s Felipe Nasr with Romain Grosjean in 15th. The latter came to a halt on circuit in Q2 with a suspected hydraulic failure.

Result: Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:40.237s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.614s +0.377s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:41.051s +0.814s
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:41.184s +0.947s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:41.444s +1.207s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:41.656s +1.419s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:41.686s +1.449s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:41.759s +1.522s
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:41.933s +1.696s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:42.708s +2.471s
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:42.521s +2.284s Q2
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:42.668s +2.431s Q2
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:42.807s +2.570s Q2
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:43.614s +3.377s Q2
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Q2
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.941s +2.704s Q1
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:43.187s +2.950s Q1
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:43.838s +3.601s Q1
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:46.297s +6.060s Q1
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:47.434s +7.197s Q1

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