Webber Pips Vettel To Abu Dhabi Pole

Mark Webber has pulled something special out of the bag to beat Vettel to pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel’s dominance during the Free Practice sessions seemed to tip him for pole, but Webber pulled pace almost from thin air to take his thirteenth career pole. Nico Rosberg finished the race third while Lewis Hamilton, who was in for a decent shot at pole, spun his Mercedes at turn 14 in the final seconds. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth for Lotus while his team-mate qualified seventh, forced to slow down due to the yellow flags prompted by Hamilton’s spin. Nico Hulkenberg finished an impressive sixth. Felipe Massa out-qualified Fernando Alonso once again, taking eighth while Alonso took eleventh, a tenth shy of Q3. Sergio Perez was ninth for McLaren while Daniel Ricciardo filled out the top ten.

Paul di Resta was twelfth behind Alonso, while Jenson Button was extremely disappointed with thirteenth. Jean-Eric Vergne beat Pastor Maldonado to fourteenth while Valtteri Bottas qualified sixteenth, meaning both Williams’ made it out of Q1. Esteban Gutierrez narrowly missed out in Q2 and qualified seventeenth while Adrian Sutil couldn’t find the balance in his car and qualified a poor eighteenth. Giedo van der Garde was the best of the backmarkers, ahead of Jules Bianchi who qualified twentieth but will start twenty-second for incurring a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Charles Pic was twenty-first for Caterham, while Max Chilton qualified last, but will start twenty-first.

  1. Mark Webber
  2. Sebastian Vettel
  3. Nico Rosberg
  4. Lewis Hamilton
  5. Kimi Raikkonen
  6. Nico Hulkenberg
  7. Romain Grosjean
  8. Felipe Massa
  9. Sergio Perez
  10. Daniel Ricciardo
  11. Fernando Alonso
  12. Paul di Resta
  13. Jenson Button
  14. Jean-Eric Vergne
  15. Pastor Maldonado
  16. Valtteri Bottas
  17. Esteban Gutierrez
  18. Adrian Sutil
  19. Giedo van der Garde
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Max Chilton
  22. Jules Bianchi
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