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2020 Abu Dhabi GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Verstappen, Red Bull On Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on Dec 12, 2020 - 09:14 AM
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2020 Abu Dhabi GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Verstappen, Red Bull On Pole!

By Mike Sulka

Dramatic Pole! Max Verstappen (Red Bull) has taken a dramatic last gasp Pole at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a lap of 1:35.246. For Verstappen, it is his first Pole of the season, and third Pole of his Formula One F1 career.

For Red Bull, it is the team's first Pole of the season.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) thought the man to beat was his teammate, but not this week. Bottas will start second despite winning the intrateam battle in Formula One's fastest car.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) is back from a weekend off with covid, but couldn't deliver on his final run.

Lando Norris (McLaren Renault) will start fourth with Alexander Albon (Red Bull) rounding out the top five qualifiers.

Q1 Recap

Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) would set the early marker in qualifying - 1:38.086. All cars would be on the soft (red) Pirelli compound. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) would lower the top time to 1:36.894. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) would improve it, but Alexander Albon (Red Bull) would be the next significant step at 1:36.106.

At the 10 minute mark, the pair of Mercedes would show the tracks truer potential with Valtteri Bottas clocking in at 1:35.699 and Lewis Hamilton a tenth behind - that was until his lap was deleted by the Stewards for exceeding the track limits at Turn 20. Hamilton would express concern about the "floor" of his Mercedes. His next lap - while safe - would clock him at 7th fastest overall.

At the checkers, Hamilton would make a second serious run that would top the timesheets at 1:35.528.

KO'd in Q1: Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1), George Russell (Williams), Pedro Fittipaldi (Haas F1), Nicholas Latifi (Williams).

Q2 Recap

Mercedes and Red Bull would choose the medium (yellow) Pirelli compound to lead off Q2 qualifying. Hamilton would top the charts after the first runs - 1:35.466. Bottas would stay within a tenth.

On the final runs, Verstappen would move back into best of the rest - .17 seconds behind - after strapping on the softs.

KO'd in Q2: Esteban Ocon (Renault), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Sergio Perez (Racing Point).

Q3 Recap

Bottas would lead the first runs to take provisional Pole with a lap of 1:35.415. Hamilton would trail by .13 until Verstappen would split the pair - .104 seconds behind.

On the second runs, Hamilton would improve, but Bottas would improve more to take Pole - 1:35.271.

But then...

Max Verstappen would end the season's final qualifying session with a great lap - 1:35.246 - to take Pole!

Congratulations to Max Verstappen and Red Bull for taking a dramatic Pole for the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

Next up, the 2020 Formula One F1 season finale on Sunday.


2020 Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina): Formula One Qualifying Results
133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:35.9931:35.6411:35.24619
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:35.6991:35.5271:35.27118
344Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:35.5281:35.4661:35.33220
44Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:36.0161:35.8491:35.49717
523Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:36.1061:35.6541:35.57115
655Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:36.5171:36.1921:35.81514
726Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:36.4591:36.2141:35.96320
818Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:36.5021:36.1431:36.04615
916Charles LeclercFERRARI1:35.8811:35.9321:36.06520
1010Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:36.5451:36.2821:36.24220
1131Esteban OconRENAULT1:36.7831:36.35912
123Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:36.7041:36.4069
135Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:36.6551:36.63112
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:37.0751:38.24812
1511Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:36.0344
167Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:37.5556
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:37.8639
1863George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:38.0458
1951Pietro FittipaldiHaas Ferrari1:38.1739
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:38.4437

Note - Leclerc penalised three grid places for causing a collision at the previous round. Perez and Magnussen required to start race from back of grid for use of additional power unit elements.

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