Vettel fastest at Abu Dhabi; Hamilton ahead of Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi while Championship leader Nico Rosberg came in second to complete the first row.The title could still head the Briton's way if he finishes first and Rosberg does not make it to the podium. A lap of 1:38.755 which was three tenths of a second faster than Rosberg's best lap of 1:39.058.

The German, who won in Abu Dhabi a year ago, has raised his game this season, but following a run of three second-place finishes, is keen to clinch the title with a victory.

"The reason I wasn't able to sleep then was that I'd worked so hard during the year, and faced lots of different challenges", Hamilton said Saturday after taking pole position in qualifying for Sunday's race. "I have everything to gain tomorrow".

"He [Hamilton] was in a league of his own this weekend and we can see that with his final pace", Wolff said.

"I have had other things coming my way but I have managed to battle through adversity and I am really proud of it". You never know what might happen - however unlikely it may seem.

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"No matter what happens tomorrow the auto which is leading the race or in a better position is going to have the strategy call and the priority because winning the race is our number one objective", he said.

"I came here to be on pole, so I'm not ecstatic today", said Rosberg. I wouldn't have the 61 poles I have now if it wasn't for them. I' m still in a good position to win the race and I want to end the season on a high. If Hamilton wins the race with two rival cars between him and Rosberg he will take the title, making a good start crucial for Rosberg's chances. "Lewis was just a little bit quicker". "I don't think that's the way Nico operates and it would certainly not look very good". I gave it everything but it wasn't possible to beat Lewis today.

Creating added interest is the fact that the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen (sixth) will start on the more durable super soft tyres.

"We've got to try something", Ricciardo replied, when asked about the strategy. Let's see what it does tomorrow.

"I guess this evening and tomorrow I'll work with my engineers to fully understand the scenario and what I've got to do". It was a pretty slow starting qualifying session for me.

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Either way, we anticipate tomorrow's race will be action packed from start to finish.

"We'll give them a vehicle which has the pace which today we were able to achieve and a strategy that works for both".

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are fourth and fifth on the grid, splitting the Red Bulls.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, also leaving after Abu Dhabi, qualified 10th for Williams.

As Alonso took 10th, Williams' Valtteri Bottas led those who failed to get through, with 1m 41.084s, just 0.40s off the Spaniard's time.

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McLaren Honda's Jenson Button was then 12th, ahead of Haas F1 duo Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean in 13th and 14th.


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