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Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rosberg aims to end season on a high

Nico Rosberg says he hopes to end 2015 on a positive note after securing his sixth successive pole position during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by almost four-tenths of a second and is now aiming for his third Grand Prix victory in succession, having triumphed in Mexico and Brazil. "Normally I'm not too over-excited when I'm on pole, as you don't get any points on a Saturday," he said. "But this time was a pretty cool feeling. […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Vettel accepts misjudgement after shock Q1 exit

Sebastian Vettel accepted that he and Ferrari made a misjudgement after a shock exit from the first part of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel had set a time on Prime tyres which he and the outfit believed would be sufficient to progress into Q2, but Option-shod rivals improved their times and demoted the German racer to 16th place. "Nothing wrong with the car, we thought that the lap I had on the Soft (Prime) tyres was quick enough, but in the end […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hamilton admits struggles with Mercedes feeling

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has struggled with the feel of his Mercedes W06 Hybrid throughout the weekend in Abu Dhabi after missing out on pole position to team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton was adrift of Rosberg across both runs in Q3 and while his final lap was sufficient for second on the grid, he was almost four-tenths down on his rival. "I've generally been struggling with the car all weekend," he said. "I've changed a lot to try and get around the issues - but […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Alonso rues 'cruel luck' after Q1 puncture

Fernando Alonso was left to rue "cruel luck" for McLaren after he suffered a puncture during his final attempt during the first knockout segment of qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Alonso was on course for a slot in Q2 but sustained a puncture and had to return to the pits, scuppering his chances of making it through to the next phase of the session. "Our car has performed better in every session than we initially anticipated," said Alonso, who will line-up from 17th […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Perez elated by second row slot

Sergio Perez expressed his delight after he secured a slot on the second row of the grid for the Abu Dhabi season finale. Perez, who displayed strong pace during the final practice session, clocked the fourth quickest time, slower only than the Mercedes drivers and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. "Fourth place on the grid is a great result for us and I’m very pleased with our strong performance all the way through qualifying," he said. "We’ve made some good decisions this weekend with the changes we […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ricciardo happy with Red Bull prospects

Daniel Ricciardo says he is happy with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after securing fifth on the grid for Sunday's race. Ricciardo will line-up on the third row of the grid at the Yas Marina Circuit and is hopeful that Red Bull will be able to repel the threat from Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. "I’m happy with the session," said Ricciardo. "I think we’ve done really well. We were able to improve in every session and the weekend so […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rosberg storms to sixth straight pole

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg flew to his sixth successive pole position during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rosberg was ahead during both Q3 runs and ended with a 1:40.237, 0.377s clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Räikkönen was third for Ferrari as team-mate Sebastian Vettel fell at the first hurdle in Q1 as the outfit underestimated improvements rivals made on Option tyres. Sergio Pérez was a superb fourth for Force India as he equalled his best qualifying result, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo […]

Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rosberg fastest in final Abu Dhabi practice

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the quickest time during the final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rosberg clocked a time of 1:41.856 to finish 0.281s clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who spun exiting Turn 5. Sebastian Vettel recovered from a spin at Turn 1 to post the third best time, while Force India’s Sergio Pérez built on his Friday pace by going fourth. Kimi Räikkönen placed fifth, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg. Williams was eighth […]

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Ricciardo says Red Bull '95% where we want to be'

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull is "95% where we want to be" in Abu Dhabi after Friday's pair of practice sessions at the Yas Marina Circuit. Ricciardo was fourth quickest in the twilight second session in his RB11 and is hopeful that the squad can keep Ferrari and Williams at bay across the remainder of the weekend. "Today was a good day for us," he said. "This afternoon we made some adjustments with the set-up from this morning and the evening session is the one […]

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Rosberg braced for difficult weekend due to engine

Nico Rosberg is expecting a challenging final race of 2015 in Abu Dhabi due to the high mileage on the engine powering his Mercedes W06 Hybrid. Rosberg suffered a failure in Italy and Mercedes had to re-assess his engine situation, though despite the usage on his current specification he was able to top the second session at the Yas Marina Circuit. "It's been a good start here in Abu Dhabi - but it will be a tough weekend for me as I have quite a […]

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Perez encouraged by Force India pace

Sergio Perez says he is encouraged by Force India's pace despite suffering a brake problem during Friday's second practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Perez was third quickest at the Yas Marina Circuit, behind only the Mercedes drivers, but was forced into the pits during the final 15 minutes of the session after his VJM08B developed a brake-by-wire issue. "Today has been a good start to our race weekend, despite the brake issue we experienced in the evening session," he said. "The first […]

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Rosberg quickest in second Abu Dhabi session

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace as the sun set during the second practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rosberg posted a time of 1:41.983 on the Option tyres to finish 0.138s clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, before drivers conducted long runs in conditions comparable to those which drivers will encounter during Sunday’s race. Sergio Pérez was a fine third for Force India, 0.627s behind Rosberg, but suffered a brake-by-wire failure and had to return to the pits. Daniel Ricciardo set the […]