Saturday, November 30, 2019
In the last race of the Formula 1 season, the already established World Champion Lewis Hamilton starts from pole position. In the qualifying session in Abu Dhabi, the Briton takes first place ahead of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull. Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas does not benefit from his good result.
Anniversary celebrity Lewis Hamilton wants to put the "world champions of the future" in his place, Sebastian Vettel hopes for a birth gift in Abu Dhabi, at least quietly: The season-finale of Formula One could bring about the final victory of the year. Mercedes star Hamilton took the pole position before the 250th race of his career and will start from first place on Sunday (14.10 pm on RTL and in the live ticker on n-tv.de) for the first time in four months. "It took me so long to get it back," said Hamilton after his fifth pole of the season and the 88th of his career: "We never give up, and we've evolved until the last race." Behind the old and new World champion is the young guard, Max Verstappen in Red Bull starts before Charles Leclerc in Ferrari. Only behind it is his team-mate Vettel going into the race, who had become father for the third time last Wednesday. The German did not seem surprised after the timed hunt under floodlights, "that we had a hard time here, but there is the possibility to do something different tomorrow than the rest," he said: "For example, to start on soft tires." As the only one of the top pilots Vettel will roll on Sunday with the Soft-Pneus on the grid, so he can tactically act differently. Vettel continues turbulent weekend faster than the Ferrari was also Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes, the new Vice World Champion turned the second fastest lap , However, due to the replacement of some engine components, it is moved to the end of the grid. Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg goes from ninth place in probably the last Formula 1 race of his career. The German loses his place in the factory team after the season to the Frenchman Esteban Ocon.For Vettel, qualifying was the continuation of a turbulent weekend. After the birth of his son, he arrived a little late in Abu Dhabi and made a mixed training Friday with a ride into the gang. The battle for the best grid positions, he then took up with another slip-up: get the momentum for his first quick lap, the car turned before he had crossed the start-finish line. Vettel qualified then only with a little convincing time for the final section, although unlike the rivals at the top had raised the fastest tires. In Q3, both Ferrari then had no chance against the Mercedes duo and Verstappen, because the red car lost more than half a second in the curvy, relatively slow final stretch. And Vettel forgot his chance, at least pass Leclerc – because he was not full on his last lap. Apparently in the belief that the time had already expired.