Hamilton clinches pole for season-ending Abu Dhabi GP

Hamilton clinches pole for season-ending Abu Dhabi GP

"I'll get to see this vehicle whenever I want in Germany".

But Lewis Hamilton made a quantum leap in Q2, setting a new track record despite running on ultrasoft tyres.

"It was a solid qualifying session and I think there was nothing wrong with the vehicle today, nothing to complain about", said the Finn after his final qualifying run for Ferrari. "I know you guys watch it but the emotional rollercoaster that I've gone through with this vehicle - I'm probably the closest with this auto than I have ever been with any cars in terms of emotional attachment". It was his 11th this season - no other driver has come close to his consistency and superiority over the single-lap discipline. "I did improve, I think the track ramped up, but not enough to be a threat".

Vettel was ahead of the two Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton, but with both of the Silver Arrows within a tenth of the German's time.

Vettel said: "They looked very competitive all weekend".

"I do not feel like I ever had a personal issue with Fernando", Hamilton said on Thursday night.

"I never say there is a ideal lap the first one wasn't spectacular there was excursions and movement at the rear end the last sector was the killer and were I was able to make the difference, that's not easy to do".

"Since Monaco I've been hoping for a strong weekend and now this is my last chance with the team". We tried everything and gave it everything we had.

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There is a third and final practice on Saturday afternoon before qualifying.

"There was a lot of sliding around and we were struggling with the tires", Hamilton said.

There remains the business of the final race to conclude but with three wins at Yas Marina already under his belt, finishing a remarkable season as the most successful driver at the circuit and carrying heady confidence into next year is well within his grasp. 'We've had good times, great people.

At times during a hard-fought 2018 title campaign, there's been moments of friction between Vettel and Hamilton.

"At the moment I don't see it as a negative because they will be anxious that at the start I will be coming to them, so maybe it's nice in a way that we are different".

"Our competitors were probably playing around a bit in the first part of the session, then in the end the margin was bigger".

"It was very close after the first run".

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