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Hamilton clinch Abu Dhabi pole ahead of title rival Rosberg

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Hamilton clinch Abu Dhabi pole ahead of title rival Rosberg

Hamilton clinch Abu Dhabi pole ahead of title rival Rosberg

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton dominated all qualifying sessions and to settle pole position for the season-finale Abu Dhabi GP and keep the pressure on title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set third fastest, and starts on the second row with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The Brit dominated all three qualifying sections and to finish more than three tenths of a second ahead of Rosberg.

But the German, who is 12 points ahead of Hamilton, will join his Mercedes team-mate on the front row, and should he finish in the top three tomorrow evening, he will be crowned world champion.

Rosberg, who took pole here the two previous years, assurances his maiden F1 title by finishing third, even if Hamilton wins the race.

At the same time, Hamilton, who now has 61 career pole positions, has to be on the podium to have a chance of becoming Britain’s first four- times world champion.

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are fourth and fifth on the grid, splitting the Red Bulls. Max Verstappen made sixth, and he will start on the more durable super soft tyres.

Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa set seventh and eighth ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Felipe Massa rounds out the top 10 in his Williams in his final grand prix.

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda was happy to see an all-Mercedes front row.

“Lewis did an incredible job. Incredible lap you cant say more,” Niki said.

“Lewis went quicker and Nico was close behind, a Mercedes front row … I can’t wish more.”

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