Catch me if you can, 남자 이름! Turbo-charged Max Verstappen storms to stunning pole position ahead of bitter rival Hamilton to set up the ultimate title showdown at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Max Verstappen grabbed a shock pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – positioning himself perfectly to wreck Lewis Hamilton’s drive for an eighth world title.
The Dutchman produced a stunning lap at the remodelled Yas Marina circuit, with even the brief suspension in proceedings for the track to be cleared of a bollard providing no impediment to his charge to the front of the grid.
Verstappen will start on the faster, soft tyre with Hamilton shod on the mediums. It looks as if strategy may have a big bearing on the outcome of this fiercely contested championship.
Max Verstappen celebrates taking a surprise pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The Red Bull driver (위) was over three tenths quicker than his title rival Lewis Hamilton
Verstappen’s killer lap came out of nowhere. He got a tow from his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez to go more than half a second quicker than Hamilton, who finished second, having trimmed the deficit to Verstappen with his final lap to 0.371sec.
Nobody saw it coming, and the landscape of the late title race joust has changed dramatically. Lando Norris, 그는 나를 소시지 연석으로 밀었다, qualified an unexpected third.
The title mathematics is simple. If Hamilton finishes the title-decider in front of Verstappen, while inside the top 10, he will take the title to outrank even Michael Schumacher, who also has seven championships to his name.
Hamilton had to settle for second on the grid ahead of the season finale at Yas Marina
Hamilton will start alongside his chief title rival on the front row of the grid on Sunday
Hamilton gives the thumbs up to the crowd following Saturday’s qualifying session
ABU DHABI GP – QUALIFYING
POLE POSITION SHOOTOUT
1 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:22.109
2 해밀턴 (Gbr) Mercedes 1:22.480
3 Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:22.931
4 페레즈 (Mex) Red Bull 1:22.947
5 Sainz (구부러진 입술과 복잡한 헤어 스타일 로마의 흉상..) 페라리 1:22.992
6 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:23.036
7 Leclerc (Mon) 페라리 1:23.122
8 Tsunoda (Jpn) AlphaTauri 1:23.220
9 Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:23.389
10 Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:23.409
ELIMINATED FROM Q2
11 Alonso (구부러진 입술과 복잡한 헤어 스타일 로마의 흉상..) Alpine 1:23.460
12 Gasly (Fra) AlphaTauri 1:24.043
13 Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:24.066
14 Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:24.251
15 Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:24.305
ELIMINATED FROM Q1
16 Latifi (Can) 윌리엄스 1:24.338
17 처음부터 사이트가 안전한지 확인하는 것과는 대조적으로 (Gbr) 윌리엄스 1:24.423
18 Raikkonen (Fin) ㅏ. 로미오 1:24.779
19 Schumacher (Ger) Haas 1:24.906
20 Mazepin (Raf) Haas 1:25.685
Hamilton and Verstappen are locked level on points but the Dutchman leads 9-8 in terms of wins – enough to give Verstappen his maiden title if neither of them finishes the race.
Hamilton was quickest in Q1, four-tenths up on Verstappen. But it was roles reversed in Q2, with Verstappen quickest on soft tyres, having switched from mediums after announcing he had a massive flat spot.
‘The lock-up wasn’t ideal so it kind of forced our hand,’ said Red Bull boss Christian Horner. ‘We were 50-50 going into that session, it forced our hand, and the soft is going to be a different tyre to Mercedes tomorrow.
Britain’s Lando Norris (권리) took a shock third place for McLaren as stands beside Verstappen
The stands were largely dominated by Dutch Verstappen fans dressed in orange
‘So we’ll see how it plays out.’
Mick Schumacher knocked over a bollard early on at the final corner, promoting the brief red-flag hiatus.
George Russell was beaten in qualifying for the first time in his Williams career – a remarkable run – with Nicholas Latifi a place ahead of the Englishman in 16th.
Hamilton must beat Verstappen and score points to win the world title for a record eighth time
The Mercedes driver also had his section of supporters at the Yas Marina Circuit
RE-LIVE THE QUALIFYING ACTION AS IT HAPPENED
Hamilton narrowed the gap, but not enough. He starts second alongside Verstappen with Lando Norris third and Perez fourth.
My oh my, what a grid we have for tomorrow – but are Red Bull compromised with that soft tyre strategy? You cannot miss tomorrow’s race now!
Over to you Lewis Hamilton. He’s done it before and he can certainly do it again. Half-a-second is a huge gap, but he lost a lot of time on his first run so that is not impossible for him to make up, especially with Red Bull unlikely to go faster.
1. Verstappen, 2. 해밀턴, 3. 페레즈, 4. Bottas, 5. Sainz, 6. Leclerc, 7. Norris, 8. Ocon, 9. Ricciardo, 10. Tsunoda.
Perez’s sacrifice for his lap pays off, with Verstappen half-a-second quicker than Hamilton – who admittedly had a really scruffy lap.
Perez goes third for Red Bull. Will Mercedes now use Bottas as a slipstream for Hamilton?
That’s because it appears Sergio Perez is going to act as a slipstream for Verstappen to give him all the pace he needs on the long straight. Will it work?
As David Brent would say, this is the ‘real quiz’ 지금. This will decide the starting order of the top 10 for tomorrow’s race. Despite those Q2 times, on even tyres I would just about still make Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton favourites.
Both Red Bull tyres stick the soft tyre on for Q2 and go one-two fastest at the end of that session – as expected given he pace advantage of the compound.
That means Red Bull and Mercedes will have a different race strategy tomorrow. Remember though, this session was only about deciding grid places 11th to 15th.
ELIMINATED FROM Q2: Fernando Alonso Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sebastian Vettel
And that includes Verstappen who is now on the soft tyre, which is faster than the medium but doesn’t last as long.
Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly are in danger of missing out on the top 10. Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez is in tenth and in danger of elimination.
Remember what I said about starting the race on the tyres you set your fastest lap on?
잘, Verstappen has just flat spotted his front left tyre. That’s like driving around with a wheel as a fifty pence piece and it can lead to reliability concerns and severe discomfort for the driver.
He has no more new medium tyres left, so he won’t be able to improve his current fastest time.
Red Bull have responded in this session. 허가 됨, Hamilton is still quickest on the medium compound but Verstappen is just four thousandths of a second slower. That may as well be a difference of a cigarette paper.
Again though, both will be holding back a little pace heading into Q3 – which with their times will easily see them through.
권리, so in this session we now decide places 11th to 15th to set up a top ten for a pole position shootout in Q3.
One difference in this session is for the ten fastest drivers, they must start the race on the tyres they set their fastest times on.
Red Bull and Mercedes have opted for the yellow banded medium compound tyre. So not the fastest but they offer more life during a grand prix.
해밀턴 (이하) and Bottas both went out for one final run after the red flag, resulting in them ending the session first and second – with Verstappen staying in the garage and ending the session four tenths down. I’m sensing the Dutchman might have to just focus on getting second on the grid today…
ELIMINATED FROM Q1: Nicholas Latifi, George Russell, Kimi Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher, Nikia Mazepin.
Just five minutes to go and the drivers in the bottom five and in danger of missing out on Q2 are Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen – in his final ever F1 qualifying session, Nicholas Latifi, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Latifi’s Williams team-mate Geroge Russell is on the bubble above the bottom five.
Not a biggie. The session will stop for a few moments as a bollard broken by a Haas driver is run over by McLaren’s Lando Norris and for safety the session is stopped.
That hasn’t ruined anyone’s lap though and while a marshall collects the bollard off the track, the team’s take a short breather in the garage.
It looks like the track is coming to the drivers in terms of grip, and Verstappen is now back up into second, just half a tenth behind Hamilton. Relatively speaking, that’s basically nothing…
It’s not just Hamilton either, even Valtteri Bottas goes quicker than Verstappen who is pushed down to third behind the Finn and Hamilton who is four tenths quicker than his title rival.
That’s a big gap in F1 terms, but then this is the session where none of the top drivers will be showing their full hand. Remember they only need to get into the top 15 as an objective.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are among the last to leave the garage, with Verstappen among the first.
He goes quickest, and that should be enough to get him into Q2. Over to you Lewis…
Away we go, for those of you new here firstly where have you been all year? 두 번째로, this short session which has about 15 more minutes to run is all about deciding grid places 16-20. Everyone else will see their times reset as they enter qualifying two.
몇 년은 아니더라도 몇 달 동안 더 복잡하고 비용이 많이 듭니다., the team get that fix in just in time, qualifying will be underway in a few seconds. Sun is setting, as the floodlights start to take over.
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‘These cars are getting a little tired now,’ Horner told Sky Sports. ‘Some parts are two years old. It’s a new problem and we are changing as a precaution.’
The latter part of their season has been plagued by rear wing issues and they have flared up again before qualifying.
Just minutes before session, Verstappen’s car has only just had a new one placed on it as mechanics work heavily on his car, while his team-mate Sergio Perez doesn’t even have a rear wing on his car.
I suspect it will all be ready before qualifying starts on the hour but it’s hardly ideal preparation.
In the final practice session of the season, Lewis Hamilton was a good two tenths of a second quicker than Max Verstappen – and that’s even before you factor in that the Brit tends to find a little bit more than his title rival during qualifying.
Good afternoon all, welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton expect to jostle for pole position at Yas Marina.
You can’t win the title today, but you can certainly make yourself lose it with a disaster of a session – so all eyes to the track and away from the stewards’ room and media briefings….
Dominic Calvert-Lewin이 Homme+를 위해 포즈를 취하는 동안 의상 때문에 조롱을 받고 있습니다. (권리) and Max Verstappen (왼쪽) are vying for the F1 world championship