F1 Qualifying – Live Updates from Abu Dhabi


Welcome to our live coverage of the final qualifying of the 2014 season from Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, while Nico Rosberg took top spot in final practice this morning. The Mercedes duo have looked unbeatable this weekend, so will it be Rosberg or Hamilton who takes the final pole of the year?

 

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:28

Welcome to live updates from the final qualifying session of the F1 season in Abu Dhabi.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:30

Mercedes have been the dominant team all weekend, with Nico Rosberg being fastest in final practice this morning.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:30

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both sessions on Friday, with Mercedes 1-2 in all three sessions so far.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:32

Nico Rosberg has already clinched the inaugural Pole Position trophy this year after taking ten poles so far and will be looking for eleventh this afternoon.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:33

Caterham have returned this weekend after a crowdfunding project by their administrators raised enough money for them to race.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:33

Kamui Kobayashi has returned to the team for this event, and has been joined by Briton Will Stevens, who will make his F1 debut this weekend.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:34

Unfortunately for Marussia fans, they remain absent, with their eleventh hour plan to race falling through at the last minute.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:35

We had some positive news about Jules Bianchi this week however, with the Frenchman now out of his artificial coma and back in France after his horror crash in Suzuka.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:36

With Caterham’s return, qualifying has once again been tweaked, with five cars being eliminated in both Q1 and Q2 before the final top ten shoot out.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:40

Of course the big news this week has been Fernando Alonso’s departure and Sebastian Vettel’s arrival at Ferrari.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:40

Vettel has signed a three year contract with Ferrari and will join Kimi Raikkonen in the team from 2015.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:41

Alonso has still to confirm his future plans, with McLaren his likely destination, although no one is giving anything away.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:43

Looking back at this mornings practice, Rosberg was over a second clear of the leading non-Mercedes driver, with Felipe Massa third for Williams.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:44

Fernando Alonso was fourth despite completing only eight laps before Ferrari began changing the engine on his car ahead of qualifying.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:44

Luckily for Alonso, he will not receive a penalty as the engine is one of his five allotted for the season.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:45

Unfortunately, Romain Grosjean will be taking a penalty this weekend. The Lotus driver will drop 20 places after changing his Internal Combustion Engine, Turbo and MGU-H.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:46

Should Grosjean not be able to take the whole penalty (and he’ll need to be on pole to do that!) the Frenchman will likely be forced to take time penalties during the race.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:50

Red Bull have been forced to change Daniel Ricciardo’s Turbo during the break since FP3, but again with no penalty forthcoming.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:51

Less than ten minutes until qualifying, and teams are making final preparations.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:51

Pirelli have brought the Soft and Supersoft compounds to Abu Dhabi.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:53

Will anyone be able to make it through to Q2 without using the Supersofts? Mercedes possibly… but from P3 back… possibly not.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:54

The likelihood will see both Caterham drivers dropping out of Q1 but who will join them? Lotus and Sauber look the most likely.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:54

Sauber are still looking to score their first points of 2014 this weekend. Should they not score, it will be the teams’ first season in F1 without a point, having debuted back in 1993.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:56

And of course this weekend sees double points in play, with the championship to be decided on Sunday.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:56

Seventeen points separate Lewis Hamilton from Nico Rosberg, with Rosberg knowing he has to win and hope Hamilton does not finish second, amongst a number of other scenarios.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:58

This could be Jenson Button’s last qualifying session in Formula 1, with his McLaren future still undecided

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:59

Other drivers who we could be seeing for the last time include Sauber drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez, both who already know they are leaving the team after this Grand Prix.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201412:59

Sauber have already announced Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr for 2015.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:00

The first part of Qualifying is underway at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:00

Will Stevens is the first driver on track for Caterham.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:01

Sergio Perez and the two McLaren’s are also out early.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:02

The sun is already beginning to set in Abu Dhabi.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:03

Plenty of drivers now on track.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:03

Sergio Perez is the first driver to set a time – 1:43.856s

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:04

Will Stevens sets his first qualifying lap of 1:45.781s.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:04

Magnussen faster than McLaren team-mate Button on his first lap.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:05

Rosberg smashes a 1:41.308s on the supersofts. Looks like they will be the tyre of choice to make it through to Q2.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:06

Rosberg’s lap was over 1 second faster than Valtteri Bottas who went second.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:06

Hamilton then beats Rosberg’s time by a tenth of a second.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:07

Neither Red Bull have yet taken to the track.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:08

With ten minutes remaining, Hamilton leads Rosberg, Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:09

Massa’s second quick lap put him ahead of Hulkenberg and into fourth.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:09

A lot of drivers have yet to bolt on the Supersofts, so lap times could drop significantly later in the session.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:11

Maldonado goes P10 for Lotus on the Supersofts.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:11

Grosjean goes faster than his team-mate and goes P8.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:11

Both Red Bull’s are now on track for their first runs.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:12

As well as the Red Bull’s, both Caterham’s are in the drop zone as well as Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:13

The supersoft tyres are now the weapon of choice, with everyone now using them for their second runs.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:13

Vettel goes fourth on his first quick lap for Red Bull.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:14

Ricciardo moves into third, but is almost a second slower than Hamilton at the top.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:14

Both Ferrari’s now in the drop zone.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:14

Perez moves out of the drop zone into 8th, Button now P16 and out as we speak.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:15

There are still three minutes to rectify this however.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:15

Raikkonen escapes the drop zone in confident fashion, moving up to fifth.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:16

Button goes P3, 0.930s behind Hamilton however.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:16

Magnussen then goes ahead of Button. Half a second currently splits P3 and P11.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:17

The Mercedes drivers did not go back on track after their first runs, and not surprising with such a gap to the rest of the field.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:18

The chequered flag is out, but more lap times to come.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:20

Out in Q1 – P16 – Grosjean, P17 – Gutierrez, P18 – Maldonado, P19 – Kobayashi, P20 – Stevens.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:20

We have lost both Lotus drivers, one Sauber and both Caterham drivers.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:21

Good final lap for Massa, with the Brazilian getting within 3 tenths of a second of the Mercedes duo.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:21

Grosjean will be forced to take a drive-through penalty during the race with the Frenchman only able to take four places of his twenty place grid penalty.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:22

The times will now reset for the second part of qualifying, with another five drivers to drop out from that session.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:23

only three tenths of a second separated P4 from P13 in Q1, meaning we could be in for an exciting second session.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:25

Even Adrian Sutil in P16 was only six tenths of a second behind P4.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:25

Valtteri Bottas was the only driver to get through Q1 on the Soft Pirelli tyres.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:25

Qualifying two is underway, but no one is eager to get out on track.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:26

Sergio Perez is the first driver out on track in Q2.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:29

all fifteen drivers now on track, the Force India’s the first two likely to set a quick lap time.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:30

Perez sets a 1:42.467s for the first time, with Hulkenberg almost eight tenths slower.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:31

Massa goes top with a 1:41.575s, slightly slower than in Q1 but still a good lap.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:31

Hamilton goes into the 1:40s, with a 1:40.920s, while Rosberg makes a mistake and is forced to abort his lap.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:33

A few drivers making small mistakes as the track evolves.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:33

Rosberg’s first lap was half a second slower than Hamilton but still good for P2.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:33

Williams beginning to show their hand, with Bottas and Massa third and fourth.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:34

Neither McLaren have yet set a time and are both back in the pits.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:34

Currently in the drop zone with just over 5 minutes to go are Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Sutil and the two McLarens.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:35

On the cusp are the two Toro Rosso’s with Kvyat and Vergne P9 and P10.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:36

Button was forced to abort his first quick lap after being told to pit to top up with fuel.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:37

Magnussen now on his first flying lap with less than three minutes to go.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:38

Inside the final two minutes of qualifying 2.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:39

Hamilton, Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo all remaining in the pits, though both Williams cars are on track despite being P3 and P4.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:39

Button moves into P6 with his first flying lap, Magnussen P9.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:40

The chequered flag is out. More times to come…

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:41

Massa and Bottas go 2nd and 3rd after a final flurry.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:46

Out in Q2 – P11 – Magnussen, P12 – Vergne, P13 – Perez, P14 – Hulkenberg, P15 – Sutil

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:46

Bad news for Magnussen with his future still up in the air.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:47

Good performance once more from Daniil Kvyat, who went P8 for Toro Rosso.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:47

Kimi Raikkonen just scraped into Q3 by just 0.030s.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:48

Now we prepare for the all important final qualifying session of the year.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:48

Will it be Rosberg or Hamilton, or can Williams shock everyone and take top spot?

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:50

Bottas first on track, followed by pretty much everyone except Raikkonen.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:51

The Williams drivers now on their first quick laps of Q3, can they get amongst the two Mercedes drivers this evening?

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:52

Bottas’ first lap is a 1:41.321s, with Massa’s a 1:41.119s.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:53

Nico Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:40.697s.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:53

Hamilton makes a mistake in the final corner and slips into second, three-tenths slower than Rosberg.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:54

Still no sign of Raikkonen

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:54

After the first runs, Rosberg leads Hamilton, Massa, Bottas and Ricciardo.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:55

Vettel, Button, Alonso, Kvyat and Raikkonen complete the top ten so far.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:56

Ricciardo the first driver to come out for his second run, followed by team-mate Vettel, while Kimi Raikkonen makes his first appearance of the session.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:57

Rosberg is the first Mercedes driver to appear back on track, with Hamilton not far behind him.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:58

Rosberg has the advantage so far, but can Hamilton do anything about the three tenths of a second gap in the final run?

Paul Hensby November 22, 201413:58

Massa and Bottas have an outside chance of pole position, but might be under threat themselves from Red Bull should they make any errors.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:00

The chequered flag is out. More times to come…

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:00

Bottas goes P3, only 0.004s slower than Hamilton.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:01

Rosberg goes faster with a 1:40.480s. Massa stays fourth.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:01

Hamilton stays second, and Nico Rosberg has his eleventh pole position of 2014!

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:02

Qualifying result: 1 – Rosberg, 2 – Hamilton, 3 – Bottas, 4 – Massa, 5 – Ricciardo, 6 – Vettel, 7 – Kvyat, 8 – Button, 9 – Raikkonen, 10 – Alonso.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:03

Raikkonen has out-qualified Alonso for only the fourth time in 2014.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:03

Daniil Kvyat an excellent seventh ahead of Jenson Button.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:04

And its two-by-two formation at the front. Mercedes 1-2, Williams 3-4, Red Bull 5-6.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:04

Nico Rosberg will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position from Lewis Hamilton.

Paul Hensby November 22, 201414:05

Can he go on and take the title tomorrow? Join TCF tomorrow and find out!