Max Verstappen secured his first pole because the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.© AFP
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clinched his maiden pole place of the marketing campaign on Saturday for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Dutch driver edged Valterri Bottas in second and the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who’s racing for the primary time since profitable the championship after contracting coronavirus, in third for Sunday’s Grand Prix. He secured his first pole because the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and the third of his profession after clocking his finest lap in a single minute and 35.246 seconds to beat Bottas of Mercedes by 0.025 seconds.
The prime three have been separated by solely 0.086sec, nevertheless it was a disappointment for Mercedes who missed out on pole for less than the second time this 12 months. Lance Stroll of the Mercedes-powered Racing Point group claimed the opposite.
Lando Norris, equalling his earlier finest, was fourth for McLaren forward of Alex Albon within the second Red Bull and Carlos Sainz within the second McLaren.
Having mentioned on Thursday he anticipated to assert ‘his seat’ for third place once more, Verstappen was delighted.
“I am very happy with that. It was a tricky qualifying, but luckily everything came together for me in that final lap,” he mentioned.
“It’s a long season for everyone with a lot of races in a row so this was good for the whole team.”
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