Max Verstappen takes pole in Abu Dhabi qualifying


Red Bull team’s driver Max Verstappen takes the first his pole position in Abu Dhabi GP. The second was Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, the third one was his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

1Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing1:35.246S5
2Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+0.025S6
3Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+0.086S6
4Lando NORRIS McLaren+0.251S6
5Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+0.325S5
6Carlos SAINZ McLaren+0.569S5
7Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+0.717S6
8Lance STROLL Racing Point+0.800S5
9Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.819S6
10Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri+0.996S6
11Esteban OCON Renault– –S4
12Daniel RICCIARDO Renault– –S3
13Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari– –S4
14Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing– –S4
15Sergio PEREZ Racing Point– –S2
16Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing– –S2
17Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team– –S3
18George RUSSELL Williams– –S2
19Pietro FITTIPALDI Haas F1 Team– –S3
20Nicholas LATIFI Williams– –S2

The 23-year-old said: “Very happy with that. It was quite tricky qualifying at the beginning, especially the last sector – there are so many corners where you can make a mistake. Luckily everything came together in that final lap. We will try to do our best and try to keep them (Mercedes) behind. It seems like we have a decent top speed this weekend.”

Teammate Alex Albon qualified fifth, while Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda duo Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly will start seventh and ninth respectively on Sunday.

Valtteri Bottas said: “Congratulations to Max Verstappen on pole position, he did a good job today. We saw in FP3 that the Red Bull was pretty quick; they managed to optimise their car and really extract the maximum from the Soft tyre, which is something we struggled with all weekend.”

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