Lewis Hamilton repeated his qualifying performance of 2009 and secured pole position today ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tomorrow (11:30).
Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel behind with just 4 hundredths of a second separating the three.
Yet Vettel has been stripped of qualifying as the German did not have enough fuel in his car for testing. The three time world champion will now start tomorrow’s race at the back of the grid for failing to comply with the rules and regulations.
This is an ideal opportunity for Spaniard Fernando Alonso to claw back some points on Vettel who has won the last four races.
Jean-Eric Vergne spun out of qualifying one when the Toro Rosso driver lost control coming out of one of the final corners while in 18th place. The French man completed another fast lap but it was not enough to see 22 year-old through to the second qualifying round.
Vergne jouned Heikki Kovalainen; Charles Pic; Vitaly Petrov; Timo Glock; Pedro de la Rosa; Narain Karthikeyan who also failed to progress into the next qualifying stage.
Hamilton stomped his authority for the race in qualifying two as the 2008 world champion was the first driver to break the one minute 40 seconds barrier.
Michael Schumacher qualified 14th and Force India driver Paul Di Resta qualified 12th after testing a new chassis.
The Yas Marina circuit is notoriously a very tricky place to pass so Hamilton will be hoping to have a good race which would see him transform his sixth pole into his third win of the season.
1 Lewis Hamilton; 2 Mark Webber; 3 Pastor Maldonado; 4 Kimi Räikkönen; 5 Jeson Button; 6 Fernando Alsono; 7 Nico Rosberg; 8 Filipe Massa; 9 Romain Grosjean; 10 Nico Hulkenberg; 11 Sergio Perez; 12 Paul di Resta; 13 Michael Schumacher; 14 Bruno Senna; 15 Kamui Kobayashi; 16 Daniel Ricciardo; 17 Jean-Eric Vergn; 18 Heikki Kovalainen; Charles Pic; 19 Vitaly Petrov; 20 Timo Glock; 21 Perdo de la Rosa; 22 Narain Karthikeyan; 24 Sebastian Vettel
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