January 17, 2022

Hamilton forward of Verstappen earlier than essential qualifying

Watch qualifying dwell at 1pm on Sky Sports activities F1, Foremost Occasion and Sky Showcase with build-up from 12pm; Hamilton tops the ultimate two follow periods, together with his P3 benefit over Verstappen two tenths of a second

By James Galloway

Final Up to date: 11/12/21 11:55am

Lewis Hamilton heads into the essential ultimate qualifying hour of the 2021 F1 season with an obvious single-lap benefit in his Mercedes after outpacing title rival Max Verstappen in Apply Three on the Abu Dhabi GP.

Hamilton adopted up his quickest time on Friday afternoon with the quickest of Saturday morning, his finest lap of 1:23.274 some two tenths higher than Verstappen may handle.

Each contenders made small errors on quick soft-tyre laps in the course of the course of the session, with the remodelled Yas Marina circuit proving tough for all drivers to maintain their rear tyres within the right temperature vary for the entire lap.

Qualifying is at 1pm with build-up on Sky Sports activities F1, Sky Sports activities Foremost Occasion and Sky Showcase from noon.

Lewis Hamilton exits the pits and almost collides with Nikita Mazepin in practice, for the second week in a row.

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Lewis Hamilton exits the pits and nearly collides with Nikita Mazepin in follow, for the second week in a row.

Lewis Hamilton exits the pits and nearly collides with Nikita Mazepin in follow, for the second week in a row.

Hamilton, in the meantime, was concerned in an inadvertent blocking incident with Haas’ Nikita Mazepin for the second ultimate follow session working. The Russian driver was on a quick lap and needed to run off monitor to keep away from the Mercedes as Hamilton exited the pit lane.

There was a higher-speed near-miss in Saudi Arabia final week, for which Hamilton earned a reprimand – his second of the season, one away from a 10-place grid drop.

Valtteri Bottas was third quickest within the second Mercedes, with Sergio Perez fourth within the different Pink Bull.

Assessing the state of play on the entrance, 2016 world champion and Sky F1 pundit Nico Rosberg stated: “In the intervening time, Lewis is within the type of his life right here this weekend. Unbelievable.

“He has hit the bottom working and placing the lap occasions in. However Max is barely two tenths again. It is so shut.

Nico Rosberg and Natalie Pinkham give the Soccer AM crew the lowdown on the F1 finale between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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Nico Rosberg and Natalie Pinkham give the Soccer AM crew the lowdown on the F1 finale between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Nico Rosberg and Natalie Pinkham give the Soccer AM crew the lowdown on the F1 finale between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

“Pink Bull are attempting some stuff with the rear wing, they do not really feel too comfy but which isn’t a very good signal. They’re attempting to run much less rear wing as a result of Mercedes are a lot faster on the straight. It appears to be entering into the precise course, so let’s examine.

“You possibly can by no means rely Max Verstappen out. It stays completely open.”

Lando Norris, in the meantime, confirmed encouraging tempo for McLaren to take fifth forward of AlphaTauri pair Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly.

Apply Three was the ultimate session of the weekend to happen in daylight; qualifying and the race are each staged underneath floodlights amid ‘twilight’ circumstances.

Abu Dhabi GP Apply Three Timesheet

Driver Group Time
1) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.274
2) Max Verstappen Pink Bull +0.214
3) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.751
4) Sergio Perez Pink Bull +0.773
5) Lando Norris McLaren +0.832
6) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +0.949
7) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0.977
8) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.321
9) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.459
10) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.484
11) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.547
12) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.560
13) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.763
14) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.774
15) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.820
16) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.841
17) George Russell Williams +1.946
18) Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.048
19) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.066
20) Nikita Mazepin Haas +3.058