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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole after setting lap record at Yas Marina Circuit

The world champion took top spot in qualifying on Saturday with a lap record of 1 minute, 34.794 seconds

Lewis Hamilton put himself on track to win the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for a record fourth time as he took pole position for Sunday's race.

The world champion took top spot in qualifying on Saturday with a lap record of 1 minute, 34.794 seconds.

Mercedes-GP teammate Valtteri Bottas was second quickest at Yas Marina Circuit to give the German marque their fifth successive lockout of the front row this season.

The Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo out-qualifying his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso, racing in his last F1 race before he retires, was 15th quickest in his McLaren.

Earlier, Carlos Sainz (Renault), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Sergio Perez (Force India) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) were the five drivers eliminated from the second part of qualifyingx.

Hamilton was quickest in the session, setting a lap record of 1 minute, 35.693 seconds to be more than half-a-second clear of next fastest Verstappen.

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