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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