Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. This is the Mercedes driver’s sixth pole position in a row, having pipped teammate Lewis Hamilton again by four tenths of a second.
Rosberg was quickest in the initial Q3 runs, before Hamilton managed to best his time of 1:40.738 by a tenth of a second, before his teammate went quicker and posted a 1:40.237.
They will start ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Force India’s Sergio Perez, who showed pace in the morning Practice session when he switched to the Super Soft tyre. Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastien Vettel meanwhile, will start at the back of the grid in P18 after misjudging his timings in the first part of Qualifying when going for his final run on the Option tyre.
Also dropping out in Q1 was Fernando Alonso who suffered from a puncture in his final run, whilst Marcus Ericsson joined the two Manors when he was told to pit because of a problem with his Sauber.
The next part of Qualifying saw issues for Romain Grosjean early on when his Lotus encountered gearbox issues. The team managed to get him out in the closing stages, but before he could cross the line to go on a timed lap, he stopped out on track as the problem manifested.
Also dropped out in Q2 was Max Verstappen, Jenson Button despite showing pace in Q1, Pastor Maldonado, and Felipe Nasr who complained about having no front end grip on his Sauber.
Elsewhere in Q3 Daniel Ricciardo managed to get within the top five, whilst Hulkenberg will start in-between a Williams sandwitch in P7. Kvyat and Sainz round out the top ten, the former having got out after experiencing electrical issues in Practice earlier today.