Vettel equals Nigel Mansell most pole in a season record by grabbing pole in Abu Dhabi

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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit - Qualifying Result

Just when it looks like Mclaren did it allright and Lewis Hamilton would be starting from pole in Abu Dhabi, Sebastian Vettel crosses the line last with the best time on charts almost 2tenth of a second faster than Lewis.

Sebastian Vettel 29th career pole and 14th of the season equals the record set by Nigel Mansell for most pole in a season back in 1992.
The total pole tally of 29 brings Vettel equaling Five times World Champion Jaun Manuel Fangio's career poles.

Also he has beaten the record set by Ayrton Senna for most front row starts in a season.

With one race to go in Brazil, Sebastian Vettel can break the record for most pole in a season.

Lewis Hamilton lead every qualifying session and even remained at the top of the charts in Q3 until Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap in the dying moments of the session when it was least expected.

It seemed that Lewis Hamilton almost had it, but World Champion Sebastian Vettel always did it in style.

Mclaren once again fail to settle the fury of Sebastian Vettel in 2011.

As it goes in Q3:

As the 10min shootout started, top 6 drivers set their initial times with Hamilton leading from Vettel, Button, Webber, Alonso and Massa. With only 2mins left on the clock, all drivers except Paul Di Resta went out to set their final times.

Button who lapped both 1st and 2nd sector faster than Lewis Hamilton beats the Hamilton initial time first. But just when Hamilton failed first two sectors, he storms to pole with just 9thousandth of a second faster than Button. Webber failed behind Button. Then came Alonso, Massa, Rosberg, Sutil.

But there were two men left to set their times, Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel who undoubtedly blown his trumpet at the top with pole while 7 time world champion lined behind his teammate for 8th.

Sahara Force India doing an excellent job during the entire weekend qualified in 9th and 10th.

As it goes in Q2:

Floodlights were turned on as the Desert Sun Sets far. Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Q2. It was a battle between only 11th to 17th position as the top 5 qualifying teams already looked invincible. Sergio Perez was the first to qualify at 11th followed by Vitaly Petrov in the leading Renault. Sebastien Buemi brings his Toro Rosso home at 13th. Bruno Senna followed Buemi in 2nd Renault who was then followed by Jaime Alguersuari in 2nd Toro Rosso. Kamui Kobayashi struggled in 16th followed by Pastor Maldonado who will be dropping by 10 places for using 9th engine in this season.

The session was interrupted by red flag as there were debries on the track from a side bollard fell on the track after Massa constant use of runoff areas and crossing the lines.

As it goes in Q1:

This session is also topped by Lewis Hamilton. The session also saw a battle only between 18th to 23rd position as the teams failed to beat the time set by the Q2 drivers. However, Michael Schumacher faced a little scare at the 17th position to which he dropped at the end of the session.

Lotus easily qualified ahead of HRT and Virgin as the interchanged some places.

Rubens Barrichello did not participate due to an oil leak and engine problem.


There is a lot of KERB cutting during the entire weekend, and stewards are going to take strict action against the defaulters during the race. Special attention will be given to Turn 6, 9 and 12 runoff areas. If Turn 9 is cut during the race, the driver will not be allowed to use DRS in the subsequent DRS Zone.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 1min 40.478sec 1min 38.516sec 1min 38.481sec 16
Lewis Hamilton Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 39.782sec 1min 38.434sec 1min 38.622sec 15
Jenson Button Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 40.227sec 1min 39.097sec 1min 38.631sec 14
Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 1min 40.167sec 1min 38.821sec 1min 38.858sec 19
Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min 41.380sec 1min 39.058sec 1min 39.058sec 16
Felipe Massa Ferrari 1min 41.592sec 1min 39.623sec 1min 39.695sec 20
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP
1min 41.120sec 1min 39.420sec 1min 39.773sec 17
Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1min 42.605sec 1min 40.554sec 1min 40.662sec 18
Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India -Mercedes 1min 40.595sec 1min 40.205sec 1min 40.768sec 17
Paul Di Resta Sahara Force India -Mercedes 1min 41.064sec 1min 40.414sec
11 Sergio Perez Sauber - Ferrari 1min 41.311sec 1min 40.874sec
Vitaly Petrov Renault 1min 40.955sec 1min 40.919sec

Sebastien Buemi STR - Ferrari 1min 41.737sec 1min 41.009sec
Bruno Senna Renault 1min 41.391sec 1min 41.079sec
Jaime Alguersuari STR - Ferrari 1min 41.386sec 1min 41.162sec
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 1min 41.613sec 1min 41.240sec
Pastor Maldonado Williams -Cosworth 1min 42.258sec 1min 41.760sec
Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1min 42.979sec

Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1min 43.884sec

Timo Glock Virgin -Cosworth 1min 44.515sec

Daniel Ricciardo HRT - Cosworth 1min 44.641sec

22 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin -Cosworth 1min 44.699sec

23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT -Cosworth 1min 45.159sec

24 Rubens Barrichello Williams -Cosworth No Time


107% Qualifying Time: 1min 46.766sec

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23-25 November, 2012

Practice 1 : Result

Practice 2 : Result

Practice 3 : Result

Qualifying : Result

Race : Result

1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
Full Table

1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 460
2 Ferrari 400
3 Mclaren - Mercedes 378
4 Lotus - Renault 303
5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
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