F1 – Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying
The Formula 1 season which started in March in Melbourne arrives to the end at Abu Dhabi. This is not only the end of a season, it will be also the end of an era because in 2018 the cars will introduce the polemic halo. For now we will talk about the last qualifying session.
During the first session Bottas and Hamilton were leading the first qualifying session of the year, that went without problems. Both Sauber, Toro Rosso and Stroll were the drivers who were at risk at the knockout zone during the first minutes. Chequered flag and Bottas finished the session as the fastest driver with Grosjean, Gasly, Wehrlein, Ericsson and Hartley at the knockout zone.
Second round of qualifying and Lewis Hamilton made an awesome lap time on his first attempt. After the first minutes, Vandoorne, Massa, Magnussen, Sainz and Stroll were at the knockout zone. Chequered flag and without problems the drivers completed their last lap at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton finished on top with Alonso, Sainz, Vandoorne, Magnussen and Stroll at the knockout zone. Felipe Massa improved on his last attempt.
Last fight for the pole position and again both Mercedes made an awesome lap, being more than half of a second faster than both Ferrari drivers. Verstappen was the first of the mortals after both cars wih Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Perez and Massa closing the qualifying on their first lap.
After their moment at boxes, the cars went again to the track trying to beat Valtteri’s time who was on provisional pole. It was clear that the pole was for Mercedes but the question was if it was for Bottas or Hamilton. The British driver tried to improve the time, but it wasn’t enough for him.
Pole position for Valtteri Bottas with Lewis Hamilton 2nd and Sebastian Vettel 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Perez, Ocon and Massa.
The last race of the season will bring us a lot of fun with the fight for the last win of the season, after that, the new era of the Formula 1 will start, stay tuned to know what will happen at Yas Marina.