Abu Dhabi GP qualifying: Vettel picks Hamilton’s pocket

A dramatic qualifying session for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel pick up his 14th pole position of the season, narrowly pipping Lewis Hamilton – who provoked a second run from the world champion after setting the initial pace in Q3 – to the front of the grid. Jenson Button and Mark Webber line up just behind them, with the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa occupying row three. Also in the top ten are Rosberg, Schumacher and the two Force Indias.

So there goes another record – 14 pole positions in a year puts Sebastian Vettel’s season on a level with Nigel Mansell’s domination of 1992. But can he convert it into his 12th win of the year? In all likelihood yes, yes he can. Think about it – not only has he won both races held at Yas Marina Circuit so far, but, having picked up his first world crown here this time last year, he’ll no doubt have stronger memories than most of the track’s tight, clinical corners. Oh, and given that this desert-based circuit gets extremely dusty off the racing line, pole position is everything.

What do you lot reckon? Is there even the tiniest chance of Vettel not bagging his Abu Dhabi hat-trick?

Here’s how they line up for tomorrow’s race.

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Jenson Button
4. Mark Webber
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Felipe Massa
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Adrian Sutil
10. Paul Di Resta
11. Sergio Perez
12. Vitaly Petrov
13. Sebastien Buemi
14. Bruno Senna
15. Jaime Alguersuari
16. Kamui Kobayashi
17. Pastor Maldonado
18. Heikki Kovalainen
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Timo Glock
21. Daniel Ricciardo
22. Jerome d’Ambrosio
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi
24. Rubens Barrichello

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