Valtteri Bottas scored the ultimate pole place of the 2017 System 1 season Saturday in Abu Dhabi. He’ll be joined by teammate Lewis Hamilton on the entrance row to provide Mercedes its fourth front-row lockout of the yr.
The session was dominated by the silver arrows, as followers had been handled to a straight pole shootout between drivers of the championship profitable constructor. And for the second weekend in a row, Bottas got here out on high.
“At the moment, issues had been actually getting higher and higher for me throughout follow and likewise in qualifying,” mentioned Bottas. “I simply managed to search out time right here and there, and it was all underneath management and simply felt actually good within the automobile. The Q3 run one lap was actually good, in order that was sufficient for pole and I’m actually completely satisfied.”
Having taken pole in Brazil, the Finn delivered a disappointing efficiency on race day, one thing he’s eager to enhance upon Sunday on the Yas Marina Circuit.
“I used to be so gutted in Brazil, being on pole and lacking the win,” mentioned Bottas, “so I’ve a transparent goal for tomorrow and I’m positive that the followers will assist me.”
Typically criticized for being considerably lower than gracious in defeat, newly topped drivers’ champion Hamilton was fast to heap reward on his teammate for his pole lap — a lap that confirmed an enchancment of greater than half a second from his earlier effort in Q2.
“What a lap,” mentioned Hamilton. “I imply, he simply had an unbelievable qualifying and congratulations to him. The final qualifying of the yr, I gave it every little thing however I appear to have misplaced the tempo going into qualifying. Valtteri did an distinctive job so I’m actually, actually completely satisfied for him.”
Gallery: F1 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
“I feel, simply total, simply little bits right here and there. I used to be up out of flip one after which I misplaced it in flip 5 or 6 so, both manner, it’s been an unbelievable yr of qualifying and one I’ve actually loved.”
Qualifying in third place was Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari has typically appeared to not have the tempo of the Mercedes this weekend — preventing extra with the Crimson Bulls than with its earlier championship rivals.
Vettel at the moment sits second within the championship standings and, even when Bottas turns his pole right into a race victory, wants solely to complete Sunday’s Grand Prix in ninth place to verify his place as championship runner-up.
“I’m getting higher. I feel you all the time had the sting right here in qualifying,” Vettel informed his former teammate Mark Webber throughout his submit qualifying interview. “I feel it was a superb session. Clearly, a little bit of a disgrace to be that far again, however tomorrow we’ll see. Race tempo I feel we is usually a bit nearer however they’ve been very, very robust.
“Valtteri clearly had a mega-lap, so congratulations to him. We’ll see. It must be a enjoyable race. Overtaking shouldn’t be all the time easy however it’s not unimaginable right here, so let’s see.”
Kimi Räikkönen was once more disappointing in qualifying, solely managing fifth place — discovering himself sandwiched between the Crimson Bull vehicles of Daniel Ricciardo (4th) and Max Verstappen (sixth).
Felipe Massa rolled again the years in his last System 1 qualifying session to achieve the top-10 shootout and set a time that was greater than a second sooner than teammate Lance Stroll, who certified in 15th.
The ultimate Grand Prix of the 2017 F1 season will likely be seen dwell on the NBC Sports activities Community beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel will begin third and desires solely to complete ninth or higher to safe the runner-up spot within the drivers’ standings.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.231
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.403 zero.172
three Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.777 zero.546
four Daniel Ricciardo Crimson Bull 1:36.959 zero.728
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.985 zero.754
6 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull 1:37.328 1.097
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:38.282 2.051
eight Sergio Perez Power India 1:38.374 2.143
9 Esteban Ocon Power India 1:38.397 2.166
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.550 2.319
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.636 2.405
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:38.725 2.494
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:38.808 2.577
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.298 three.067
15 Lance Stroll Williams 1:39.646 three.415
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.516 three.285
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:39.724 three.493
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:39.930 three.699
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.994 three.763
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:40.471 four.240
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