ROSBERG BEATS HAMILTON TO ABU DHABI POLE

By Daniel Wilson.

Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position ahead of teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for tomorrow’s championship deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German was almost four tenths quicker than the Briton, one of the largest gaps of the weekend after Hamilton dominated Friday practice.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points in the championship ahead of this final race, and only needs to finish second to his teammate to claim a second title.

However, aside from the concern over reliability, Mercedes could have a race on their hands as the two Williams of Bottas and Massa got to within half a second of the silver arrows on the second row of the grid.

The Red Bull’s of Ricciardo and Vettel line up fifth and sixth and could also threaten the top places with strong race pace shown on Friday.

Daniil Kvyat was one of the stars of qualifying as he put his competitive Toro Rosso in seventh ahead of Jenson Button and the two Ferrari’s of Raikkonen and Alonso.

Nico Rosberg takes his 11th pole of the season to win the pole position trophy.
Nico Rosberg takes his 11th pole of the season to win the pole position trophy.

It will certainly be very interesting to see how Nico Rosberg approaches the first corner tomorrow. I don’t think he will play dirty, but he will be keen to try something which keeps Hamilton behind but something that also brings the Williams into play, who could capitalise on the use of DRS down the two long straights to make a move, especially as they clearly have the best top speed at over 340km/h on low fuel.

Whatever happens, I am sure it will be a great race. I just hope it is a fair, clean and reliable fight to determine the 2014 world championship.

What are your predictions for tomorrow?

Can Williams spoil the party?

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