2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Review

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But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the teams to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, McLaren, Ferrari, Toro Rosso or Force India may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets in Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets in Q1 and Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q1, we saw Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.39.487, Kimi Raikkonen was second, Sebastian Vettel was third, Max Verstappen was fourth, Nico Rosberg was fifth, Sergio Perez was sixth, Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, Daniel Ricciardo was eighth, Felipe Massa was ninth and Jenson Button rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q1 we lose Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Felipe Nasr, Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz Jr and Marcus Ericsson.

In Q2, we saw Hamilton topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.39.382, Rosberg was second, Raikkonen was third, Verstappen was fourth, Vettel was fifth, Ricciardo was sixth,  Hulkenberg was seventh, Perez was eighth, Massa was ninth and Alonso rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q2 we lose Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button, Esteban Gutierrez, Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Daniel Ricciardo in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Daniel Ricciardo in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

At the end of Q3, it was Hamilton who secured Pole Position for the Abu Dhabi GP with a lap time of 1.38.755. Rosberg qualified in second place 0.303 seconds behind Hamilton, Ricciardo is in third 0.834 seconds behind Hamilton, Raikkonen is fourth 0.849 seconds behind Hamilton and Vettel is fifth 0.906 seconds behind Hamilton.

Verstappen is sixth 1.063 seconds behind Hamilton, Hulkenberg in seventh 1.746 seconds behind Hamilton, Perez is eighth 1.764 seconds behind Hamilton, Massa is ninth 2.458 seconds behind Hamilton and Alonso rounds off the top ten finishers.

It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend; even if Hamilton has a challenge on his hands to get a result this weekend.

You cannot discount Ricciardo, Verstappen or Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes (and also Ferrari in Mercedes’ case) that could see gaining some points on their rivals to kick start their Constructors Championship.

Hulkenberg, Perez, Alonso and Massa could also have a decent race and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix on Sunday? I really don’t know.

But let’s see what happens on the Yas Marina circuit on race day on Sunday…

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