Webber leads Red Bull 1-2 in Abu Dhabi qualifying

By on Saturday, November 2, 2013
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Mark Webber secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a last gasp effort at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Webber's time of 1:39.957 was 0.118s faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who made a mistake at the first corner on his final flying lap.

Mercedes share the second row of the grid, with Nico Rosberg ahead of Lewis Hamilton after the Brit spun off at turn 14 on his second attempt. Hamilton informed his team that something failed on the back of the W04 as he attempted to enter the corner.

Kimi Raikkonen originally qualified in fifth place but was excluded after his car did not confirm to the regulations

Raikkonen excluded from qualifying results

Nico Hulkenberg will start from fifth place, with Romain Grosjean in sixth.

Felipe Massa was the sole Ferrari driver to make it through to the top 10 shootout and set the eighth fastest time, although he will start from seventh after Raikkonen's penalty.

Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo will start from eighth and ninth.

Fernando Alonso failed to make it through to Q3 for the first time this season after making a mistake on his first flying lap. The Spaniard will start from 10h place.

Paul di Resta was 11th in the Force India, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.

Jean-Eric Vergne set the 13th fastest time, with the Williams duo of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas rounding out the Q2 runners.

Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil failed to make it through to Q2 and will start from 16th and 17th respectively.

Giedo van der Garde was the fastest of the Caterham and Marussia drivers as he set the 18th quickest time, while Jules Bianchi was 19th.

The French driver will however start from 21st after sustaining a grid penalty for a gearbox change following a crash in final practice.

Bianchi's penalty elevates Charles Pic and Max Chilton to 19th and 20th respectively.


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