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.
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.
“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
|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|