Saturday Summary:Hamilton takes first pole since Germany, Verstappen starts second

30-11-2019 22:00
by Tom Mason
F1 News
Saturday Summary:Hamilton takes first pole since Germany, Verstappen starts second

Have you been out all day? Unable to follow the latest F1 news and goings-on. We've got you covered, here are the best stories from Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton takes pole in Abu Dhabi

 Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole position since late July in Germany, beating teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.194 seconds, who will start from the back after picking up an engine penalty earlier in the week.

 Hamilton's time of 1:34.779 saw him finish above his teammate, while Max Verstappen qualified in third.

 There was drama as well, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc failed to cross the start line in time to begin a final lap, holding the blame on his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

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 Bottas gets second but will start Abu Dhabi GP from the back: "I'll give it all" 

 Bottas qualified in second, but due to an engine penalty picked up earlier in the week will start from the back, and is determined to give it his all in the final race of the season.

The Finn knows just how strong the car can be on Sunday's and the quality of the car which is on offer.  "I believe anything is possible, we have a very good car. Sunday is normally stronger for us and we'll give it all we have," Bottas said post-qualifying.

 Mercedes speed was up in qualifying for Abu Dhabi, with Bottas' teammate Hamilton starts from pole position.

 Provisional starting grid for Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas at the back, Norris in attack!

Following the qualifying session in Abu Dhabi, the final grid for the race was confirmed.

 Hamilton will start on pole, but there is a change in second, with Verstappen taking up the position after Bottas was penalised for changing his engine for the fourth time this season.

 The Ferrari's will start in third and fourth, while Alex Albon's strong results continued, and he will start in fifth, ahead of Lando Norris.

 George Russell out-qualified his teammate Robert Kubica once again, having done so in every other race and will start in 18th in Abu Dhabi.

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Vettel doesn't think "it was anyone's fault" Leclerc couldn't start Q3 flying lap

 Leclerc failed to set a final lap in Q3 of qualifying after failing to go past the start line in time.

 Vettel received the blame for this from Leclerc, but the German believes it wasn't anybody's fault, feeling that numerous cars were holding up the 22-year-old.

 The Monégasque will start third on the grid but was unable to improve on his time, stopping him from reaching any higher in the session.

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