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  • Writer's pictureRhonan Colquhoun

F1: Verstappen on Pole in Season Finale in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull's Max Verstappen produced a stunning lap to take Pole Position ahead of the final race of the 2020 Season.


Verstappen, who took his 3rd career Pole Position, bet both the Mercedes drivers of Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in a final session where the Silver Arrows were concentrating more on themselves rather than the Red Bull driver.

Red Bull, who are powered by Honda, are the first non-Mercedes team to take Pole Position this year after Mercedes and Racing Point.

The three drivers were covered by less than a tenth and with Verstappen on Pole, tomorrow's race should be interesting with the Dutchman in the mix as his long-run pace looks extremely good.

Lando Norris qualified in fourth and sealed the McLaren Head-to-Head qualifying battle with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr who ended up sixth with the second Red Bull on Alexander Albon between them in fifth.

For a second time in two qualifying sessions, Daniil Kvyat got the better of Alpha Tauri team-mate Pierre Gasly to qualify in seventh with Racing Point's Lance Stroll and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc splitting the two team-mates in eighth and ninth with Gasly in tenth.

It was a disappointing qualifying for Renault with both drivers narrowly missing out on a spot in Q3 with Esteban Ocon heading Daniel Ricciardo. The only saving grace for the French team is that both of their drivers can start the race on whatever tyres they like compared to their rivals which might aid their race strategy.

Renault, McLaren and Racing Point are locked in the battle for third place in the Constructors Championship with Racing Point holding a ten point advantage over McLaren with Renault a further 12 points back.

In his final qualifying session for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel qualified in 13th.

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