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2013 Abu Dhabi GP: Webber grabs pole

2013-11-02 17:39

STILL PUSHING: Retiring F1 driver Mark Webber grabbed pole ahead of the 2013 Abu Dhabi GP on Sunday. Image: AFP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Mark Webber grabbed the 13th pole of his career on Saturday when he clocked the fastest lap in a tense qualifying session as Red Bull swept the front row of the grid for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 37-year-old, who retires from Formula 1 at the end of the 2013 season, recorded 1min39.957 sec to edge out newly-crowned quadruple World champion team mate Sebastian Vettel.

FINAL RACES

Webber, who will start from the front of the grid for only the second time in 2013, equalled the Australian record of 13 poles set by Alan Jones, who was celebrating his 67th birthday on Saturday.

In a thrilling finale to an intriguing day, the two Red Bull men crossed the line after the chequered flag to clock their best laps, but battling Lewis Hamilton failed to do the same as he spun his Mercedes in the final part of his lap.

Webber said on the Red Bull team radio: "Fantastic guys, thank you for a fantastic job!"

Hamilton ended up fourth and will start alongside his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who was third fastest. A disappointed Hamilton, who has previously taken pole twice at the Yas Marina circuit said: "Something broke at the rear of the car."

Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus was fifth ahead of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg with Romain Grosjean seventh in the second Lotus.

For Raikkonen it was a satisfying riposte that demonstrated he retains the upper hand in a team riven by controversy following his threat to boycott the last two races this year because he has not been paid.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, who is leaving Ferrari to make room for the Finn, was eighth fastest - and outpaced his team mate Fernando Alonso for the eighth time this year - ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez of McLaren and 10th placed Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso, who will drive for Red Bull in 2014.

Qualifying from the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit
1. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:39.957
2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:40.075
3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:40.419
4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:40.501
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 1:40.542
6. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:40.576
7. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1:40.997
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:41.015
9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:41.068
10. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:41.111
11. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:41.093
12. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes 1:41.133
13. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:41.200
14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:41.279
15. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - Renault 1:41.395
16. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - Renault 1:41.447
17. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1:41.999
18. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:42.051
19. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham - Renault 1:43.252
20. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Cosworth 1:43.398
21. Charles Pic (France) Caterham - Renault 1:43.528
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Cosworth 1:44.198

Qualifying session 2
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:40.473
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:40.477
3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:40.575
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:40.781
5. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:40.812
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:40.852
7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:40.931
8. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1:40.948
9. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 1:40.971
10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:40.989
11. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:41.093
12. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes 1:41.133
13. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:41.200
14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:41.279
15. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - Renault 1:41.395
16. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - Renault 1:41.447

Qualifying session 1
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:40.693
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:41.254
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 1:41.276
4. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - Renault 1:41.365
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:41.397
6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:41.420
7. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1:41.447
8. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:41.568
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:41.631
10. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes 1:41.676
11. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:41.683
12. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:41.687 "
13. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:41.692
14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:41.817
15. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - Renault 1:41.862
16. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:41.884
17. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1:41.999
18. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:42.051
19. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham - Renault 1:43.252
20. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Cosworth 1:43.398
21. Charles Pic (France) Caterham - Renault 1:43.528
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Cosworth 1:44.198
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