Verstappen, Perez to start in front at Abu Dhabi GP 2022


Verstappen on pole at Abu Dhabi GP 2022, Verstappen Perez to start in front at Abu Dhabi GP 2022

The two-time world champion, Max Verstappen charged to pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, getting the better of Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez and Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc as the sun set and the track action ramped up during qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Verstappen led the way with a time of 1m 23.988s after the first Q3 runs and improved to a 1m 23.824s on his final lap, finishing two-tenths clear of Perez, with Leclerc half a tenth further back in third.

Carlos Sainz followed team mate Leclerc in fourth, while Lewis Hamilton and George Russell put their Mercedes cars P5 and P6 respectively to ensure that the top three teams from 2022 will start the final race of the season in formation.

Lando Norris was one of the stars of qualifying as he grabbed seventh in his McLaren, ahead of Alpine rival Esteban Ocon – the two teams set for a showdown over P4 in the constructors’ standings.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Another man to spark cheers in the grandstands was Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, as he stormed to ninth during his final F1 qualifying session, while Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) rounded out the top 10, albeit with a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Kevin Magnussen in Brazil.

Fernando Alonso could not follow team mate Ocon into Q3 as he fell a few thousandths short during Q2, winding up in P11 and just in front of Yuki Tsunoda, who led AlphaTauri’s charge with a solid session to see out the season.

Mick Schumacher ended his final F1 qualifying run with Haas in 13th, as the wait goes on to find out where he will head next, while Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu joined him as Q2 eliminees.

Q1 and the opening knockout phase saw Magnussen come back down to earth with a bump after his spectacular pole position amid changeable conditions in Brazil – the Dane the first driver to miss the Q2 cut in P16.

He was joined on the sidelines by Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas in the other AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo machines, with Williams drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi – the latter also bidding farewell to the sport – bringing up the rear.

Check out free practice results from Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022


1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:24.754 1:24.622 1:23.824 17
2 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:24.820 1:24.419 1:24.052 18
3 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:25.211 1:24.517 1:24.092 17
4 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:25.090 1:24.521 1:24.242 16
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:25.594 1:24.774 1:24.508 21
6 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:25.545 1:24.940 1:24.511 20
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:25.387 1:24.903 1:24.769 17
8 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:25.735 1:25.007 1:24.830 17
9 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:25.523 1:24.974 1:24.961 18
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:25.766 1:25.068 1:25.045 15
11 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:25.782 1:25.096 12
12 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:25.630 1:25.219 15
13 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:25.711 1:25.225 15
14 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:25.741 1:25.359 15
15 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:25.594 1:25.408 12
16 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:25.834 9
17 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:25.859 9
18 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:25.892 6
19 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:26.028 9
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:26.054 9

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