Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes pole position for season finale

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took a shock pole position at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Red Bull’s first pole of a season dominated by Mercedes arrived as the Dutchman beat Valtteri Bottas by 0.025 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton third. “I said before I went to qualifying that it would be the final send of the season and we did that,” he said. Leclerc, though, has the boost of the fact that he – like the Mercedes drivers, Verstappen and Sainz – will start the race on the medium tyre, having been impressively quick and fourth fastest on them in the second part of qualifying. Like Mercedes, he also struggled on the soft – and in fact the Ferrari was faster on the medium in Q2.

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