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No Competition for Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

by F1Fan on October 31, 2009

Lewis Hamilton completely obliterated the competition at the Yaz Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi today. Quickest in all three qualifying sessions setting fastest lap time of 1 minute 39.695 seconds in Q2 and claiming pole position in the third session with a time of 1:40.948, 0.667 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton’s qualifying winning margin was the biggest since 2005 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, his performance and that of his McLaren MP4-24 even when corrected for fuel load is still impressively fast. Unless a miracle happens Ferrari’s hopes of regaining third place in the constructors championship look to be over, unless Hamilton suffers a mechanical failure of crashes during the race.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Hamilton/McLaren2Vettel/Red Bull Racing
3Webber/Red Bull Racing4Barrichello/Brawn Gp
5Button/Brawn GP6Trulli/Toyota
7Kubica/BMW Sauber8Heidfeld/BMW Sauber
9Rosberg/Williams10Buemi/Toro Rosso
11Raikkonen/Ferrari12Kobayashi/Toyota
13Kovalainen/McLaren *14Nakajima/Williams
15Alguesuari/Toro Rosso16Alonso/Renault
17Luizzi/Force India18Sutil/Force India
19Grosjean/Renault20Fisichella/Ferrari
October 31st, 2009
* Possible Gearbox change and 10 place penalty so could start from Pit Lane

The Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean along with the Force India cars of Sutil and Liuzzi were well off the pace for some reason in Abu Dhabi, with Alonso in his last race for Renault failing to make it out of Q1 for the first time ever in his career.

While McLaren were celebrating Hamiltons pole postion it was not all good news for the team with Heikki Kovalainen suffering gearbox problems in Q2 taking him out of qualifying, definitely not what Kovalainen was hoping for this weekend. Especially as his position with the team is uncertain for 2010, with rumors circulating that McLaren is interested in Kimi Raikkonen if they can come to terms with Kimi’s salary demands.

For the race tomorrow it looks as though the only close match up will be Vettel (2nd) and Barrichello (4th) will be fighting to see who will be second in the Drivers Championship.

The BMW Saubers of Kubica and Heidfeld both qualified well in 7th and 8th respectively, its a pity that the car is coming good just a bit late in the season and there is still a large cloud of uncertainty hanging over the team as they still don’t have a guaranteed place on the grid for 2010, unless one of the new teams fails to show up.

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