F1 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying result: Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole position
PUBLISHED: 14:08 22 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:25 22 November 2014
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton qualified second fastest for the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit as Nico Rosberg stole pole position ahead of Sunday’s title showdown.
The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas racer from Hertfordshire will line-up on the front row alongside his Silver Arrows team-mate, after Rosberg snatched pole position for the desert duel.
It is the German’s 11th pole position of the season.
After dominating the first two phases of qualifying, Hamilton was beaten by title rival Rosberg in the top 10 shootout.
The result marks the 18th pole of the season for Mercedes, with P2 for Hamilton completing the team’s 12th front row lockout.
Yas Marina – the stats you need
* Race distance: 55 laps (305.355km/189.747 miles)
* Start time: 17:00 (local)/13:00 (GMT)
* Circuit length: 5.554km/3.451 miles
* 2013 winner: Sebastian Vettel
* 2013 pole: Mark Webber
* Lap record: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB5) 1m40.279s (199.387km/h)
Rosberg made his mark in Q3 with a provisional pole lap of 1m 40.697s on his first run, while Hamilton, on course to go P1, ran wide in the final sector.
Lewis locked up heavily and had to settle for second place with a ragged lap of 1m 41.021s.
Rosberg went quicker on his final run with a blistering lap of 1m 40.480s, a time Hamilton was unable to beat.
It will still be another Mercedes front-row tomorrow (Sunday), with the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa on the second row.
2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying result
Provisional top 10 grid positions
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3 Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
4 Felipe Massa (Williams)
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
6 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
7 Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
8 Jenson Button (McLaren)
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
10 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth for Red Bull, and Sebastian Vettel will line up alongside him on the grid in sixth place.
Daniil Kvyat, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso completed the qualifying top 10,
Hamilton slammed in a storming opening timed lap in Q2 to duck under 1m 41s with a blistering 1m 40.920s, while Rosberg went wide on his first flyer.
Rosberg improved on his next attempt with a 1m 41.459s to cross the line second fastest at that stage, still 0.539 seconds behind Hamilton.
Rosberg dropped down the standings as the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas both put in faster laps towards the end of the session.
Hamilton also topped the Q1 timesheets ahead of Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg, clocking a lap of 1m 41.207s to his German rival’s best of 1m 41.308s.
Felipe Massa was third fastest for Williams in the first phase of qualification ahead of McLaren drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen sixth.
Among the Q1 casualties in 16th spot was Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who has a 20-place grid penalty.
The 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Sunday.
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