Hamilton takes Abu Dhabi pole

By on Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The British driver dominated Q3 and his time of 1:40.630 was good enough for pole position.

Mark Webber set the second fastest time, eclipsing Sebastian Vettel by a tenth of a second.

Vettel's main championship challenger, Fernando Alonso, will start from seventh.

Outside of the top ten it proved to be another miserable qualifying session for Force India and Sauber, who failed to get either car into the shootout. Michael Schumacher managed only the fourteenth best time.

Jean Eric Vergne failed to make Q2 for the eighth time this season after spinning at Turn 20.

Full Qualifying Result:

 P    Name           Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Sec 1 Sec 2 Sec 3 Ls  Qualifying
 1  4 L. HAMILTON    1:41.497 1:40.901 1:40.630  17.6  42.6  40.3 15            
 2  2 M. WEBBER      1:41.933 1:41.277 1:40.978  17.7  42.6  40.5 17            
 3  1 S. VETTEL      1:42.160 1:41.511 1:41.073  21.7  48.9  STOP 16            
 4 18 P. MALDONADO   1:41.981 1:41.907 1:41.226  17.8  42.7  40.6 22            
 5  9 K. RAIKKONEN   1:42.222 1:41.532 1:41.260  17.7  42.9  40.5 20            
 6  3 J. BUTTON      1:42.342 1:41.873 1:41.290  17.7  42.7  40.8 20            
 7  5 F. ALONSO      1:41.939 1:41.514 1:41.582  17.7  42.8  40.9 17            
 8  8 N. ROSBERG     1:41.926 1:41.698 1:41.603  17.9  42.7  40.9 17            
 9  6 F. MASSA       1:41.974 1:41.846 1:41.723  17.8  42.8  40.9 17            
10 10 R. GROSJEAN    1:42.046 1:41.620 1:41.778  17.7  42.9  41.0 24            
11 12 N. HULKENBERG  1:42.579 1:42.019           17.9  42.9  41.1 16            
12 15 S. PEREZ       1:42.624 1:42.084           17.8  43.1  40.9 17            
13 11 P. DI RESTA    1:42.572 1:42.218           17.9  43.0  41.1 16            
14  7 M. SCHUMACHER  1:42.735 1:42.289           18.1  42.9  41.1 14            
15 19 B. SENNA       1:43.298 1:42.330           17.9  43.2  40.9 18            
16 14 K. KOBAYASHI   1:43.582 1:42.606           17.9  43.0  41.3 17            
17 16 D. RICCIARDO   1:43.280 1:42.765           18.1  43.0  41.5 14            
18 17 J. VERGNE      1:44.058                    18.1  43.3  42.1  9            
19 20 H. KOVALAINEN  1:44.956                    18.3  43.8  42.6 11            
20 25 C. PIC         1:45.089                    18.2  44.1  42.5 10            
21 21 V. PETROV      1:45.151                    18.3  43.8  42.8 11            
22 24 T. GLOCK       1:45.426                    18.3  44.1  42.9  9            
23 22 P. DE LA ROSA  1:45.766                    18.4  44.0  43.1  8            
24 23 N. KARTHIKEYAN 1:46.382                    18.6  44.3  43.2  9        0   

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