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Qualifying - superb Webber beats Vettel to pole in Abu Dhabi 02 Nov 2013

(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, pole sitter Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saturday, 2 November 2013 Despite hammering over the kerbs at the chicane, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel still manages to go fastest - more than three-tenths up on his nearest challenger, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg Disappointment for Lewis Hamilton as he spins on his final flying lap. Something has seemingly broken at the back of his Mercedes Ferrari's Fernando Alonso rounds the final corner on his way to the line, but his time is not quick enough to make it out of Q2 McLaren's Jenson Button is the second driver to set a time in Q2. His soft tyre run is slower than Paul di Resta's for Force India A fantastic pole position for Red Bull's Mark Webber in Abu Dhabi. He will line up for tomorrow's race next to team mate Sebastian Vettel on the front row

Mark Webber produced a brilliant performance in qualifying in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening to snatch pole position away from Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian put together three near-perfect sectors on his final Q3 run to record a lap that was just over a tenth of a second quicker than Vettel’s best effort. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was third, with team mate Lewis Hamilton spinning as he tried to improve on fourth.

Q1 was a bit of a cliffhanger as lots of drivers made late improvements as they switched to Pirelli’s soft tyres and the times changed with machine-gun rapidity. As the chequered flag fell Hamilton was 17th, then 18th, but he was out on a quick lap and when he finally crossed the line he stopped the clocks in 1m 40.693s, more than half a second up on former pacesetter, Ferrari's Felipe Massa, so the six who failed to go through were Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, who ran too soon for his 1m 41.999s, Adrian Sutil on 1m 42.051s in his Force India, then the Caterhams and the Marussias. Again Giedo van der Garde was fastest of this quartet on 1m 43.252s ahead of Marussia’s Jules Bianchi on 1m 43.398s and team mate Charles Pic on 1m 43.528s, with the second Marussia of Max Chilton 22nd on 1m 44.198s. However, Bianchi has a five-place grid penalty after changing his gearbox following his accident in FP3.

Q2 was massively bad news for Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who failed to better either 1m 41.093s or his team mate Massa’s time and failed to get through to Q3 for the first time this season. The Brazilian just got through in 10th place with 1m 40.989s as Rosberg headed the session with 1m 40.473s, four-thousandths ahead of Hamilton.

Behind Alonso, Paul di Resta was 12th for Force India with 1m 41.133s, then came Jenson Button’s McLaren on 1m 41.200s, Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso on 1m 41.279s and the Williams duo of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas on 1m 41.395s and 1m 41.447s.

Hamilton, on 1m 40.510s, then Rosberg on 1m 40.419s set the initial pace in Q3 as Webber’s 1m 40.759s first effort yielded only third place, but when Vettel went four-tenths faster than either Mercedes with 1m 40.091s the issue seemed settled.

But then the second runs saw Webber slash his time down to 1m 39.957s, and Vettel come up short with 1m 40.075s as the tables were turned. Meanwhile, Rosberg failed to better his first-run time and Hamilton spun at Turn 14 on his second run, leaving the Mercedes to occupy the second row.

Behind them, Kimi Raikkonen hauled his Lotus to fifth with 1m 40.542s just ahead of the again-impressive Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 40.576s and a slightly disappointing Lotus of Romain Grosjean on 1m 40.997s.

Massa, Ricciardo and McLaren’s Sergio Perez each saved tyres by making only one run, with the Brazilian on 1m 41.015s, the Mexican on 1m 41.068s and the Australian on 1m 41.111s.

With penalties applied, the grid will read: Webber, Vettel; Rosberg, Hamilton; Raikkonen, Hulkenberg; Grosjean, Massa; Perez, Ricciardo; Alonso, di Resta; Button, Vergne; Maldonado, Bottas; Gutierrez, Sutil; Van der Garde, Pic; Chilton, Bianchi.

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