F1 2021 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Results – Verstappen takes sensational pole

Formula 1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the front row at Yas Marina


An astonishing lap from Max Verstappen saw the Red Bull driver take pole position for the final race of the Formula 1 season with title rival Lewis Hamilton second for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

Verstappen benefitted from the tow on his first flying lap in Q3 as Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull helped his teammate. Hamilton didn’t have that advantage as his Mercedes teammate could only manage sixth position. 

In Q2 Verstappen flat spotted his medium tyres while doing a second flying run, which forced Red Bull’s hand and they put the softs on as the second part of qualifying ended, which means he will start the race on that compound. Hamilton though, will be on the mediums for the Abu Dhabi GP. 

Hamilton and Verstappen go into Sunday’s race level on points, though the Dutchman has a slight advantage given he has one more win over the course of the 2021 F1 season so far.

2021 F1 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Results

PosDriverTeamQ3 Time
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:22.109
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.371
3Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.822
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.838
5Carlos SainzFerrari+0.883
6Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.927
7Charles LeclercFerrari+1.013
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+1.111
9Esteban OconAlpine+1.280
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.300
11Fernando AlonsoAlpineEliminated in Q2
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauriEliminated in Q2
13Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q2
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q2
15Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated in Q2
16Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated in Q1
17George RussellWilliamsEliminated in Q1
18Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
19Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q1
20Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated in Q1
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