Hamilton on pole as Red Bull begin to falter

Lewis Hamilton took his 25th pole for McLaren in Abu Dhabi beating both Red Bulls to set the fastest time.

Both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel failed to better Hamilton’s time, with Webber starting tomorrows race second ahead of Vettel in third. Vettel stopped on track at turn 18 as he came back into the pits as requested by the team, he is currently under stewards investigation for the incident.

Pastor Maldonado surprised in the Williams by setting the fourth fastest time ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who will start tomorrows race from fifth. Jenson Button will start from the third row alongside Raikkonen after setting the sixth fastest time.

Fernando Alonso could only manage to set the seventh fastest time ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg in eighth. Behind them Felipe Massa will start from ninth and Romain Grosjean will start from tenth.

Force India couldn’t make Q3 despite a strong performance from Nico Hulkenberg who will start tomorrows race from 11th. Sergio Perez will start from 12th ahead of the second Force India of Paul di Resta in 13th.

Behind them Michael Schumacher could only set the 14th fastest time ahead of Bruno Senna in 15th. Senna was impeded by Perez in Q1 and a stewards investigation after the session left Perez with a reprimand.

Kamui Kobayashi will start tomorrows race from 16th ahead of the two Toro Rossos of Daniel Ricciardo in 17th and Jean-Eric Vergne in 18th.

At the back Heikki Kovalainen starts from 19th ahead of Charles Pic, Vitaly Petrov, Timo Glock and the two HRTs.

Hamilton will hope that he will be able to replicate his Abu Dhabi win from 2011 after Red Bull have failed to convincingly challenge McLaren this weekend.


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