Verstappen takes pole at Abu Dhabi GP; “Checo” Pérez will start second

The double champion of world from 2021 and 2022, the Dutch max verstappen (Red Bull), achieved this Saturday the last pole position of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, ahead of his teammate, the Mexican Sergio Perez.

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), tied on points with Pérez for second in the championship before the 22nd and final round, will start from third place, ahead of his teammate, the Spanish Carlos Sainz.

As for the constructors’ standings, Ferrari holds a 19-point lead over Mercedes, which saw its drivers finish faster than the Silver Arrows.

Behind Leclerc, Sainz will start ahead of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

At the Yas Marina circuit, the same site of his controversial victory in 2021, Verstappen, whose title he won long before this time, took the 20th pole position of his career and his sixth this year.

Reigning runners-up Hamilton settled for fourth, leaving him to finish the season having failed to start from the front of the grid, the first time since his debut in 2007.

The seven-time world champion could also end this season without having won a Grand Prix, which would also be a first.

Starting grid for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday, after qualifying this Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

AFP

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