Lewis of Arabia: Shining bright and dominating all three qualifying sessions at the new ultra-modern Yas Marina circuit, Lewis Hamilton captured pole position for the final F1 race of the season, the inaugural Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This is McLaren driver’s fourth pole position in last seven races, and 17th in just three years of competition at the top tier of motor racing.
Mark Webber, winner of last race in Brazil, will start third behind his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel. The Brawn boys are fourth and fifth on the grid, Rubens Barrichello out qualifying newly crowned world champion Jenson Button.
Kimi Raikkonen will start 11th in his final race for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso, who will replace Raikkonen at Ferrari next year, did not make it out of Q1 in his final fling with Renault.
Senna name returns to F1: Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, has been confirmed at Campos Meta F1 team for 2010.
American in GP2: Yas Marina hosted the opening round of the 2009/10 GP2 Asia series. Saturday’s feature race saw the debut of 18-year old California driver Alexander Rossi who finished an impressive fourth. Race was won by Davide Valsecchi of Italy.
Formula 2: Andy Soucek of Spain won the penultimate race of the season at Circuit de Cataluña in Barcelona.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:39.873 1:39.695 1:40.948 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:40.666 1:39.984 1:41.615 3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:40.667 1:40.272 1:41.726 4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:40.574 1:40.421 1:41.786 5. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:40.378 1:40.148 1:41.892 6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:40.517 1:40.373 1:41.897 7. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:40.520 1:40.545 1:41.992 8. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:40.558 1:40.635 1:42.343 9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:40.842 1:40.661 1:42.583 10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:40.908 1:40.430 1:42.713 11. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:41.100 1:40.726 12. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:41.035 1:40.777 13. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:40.808 1:40.983 14. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:41.096 1:41.148 15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:41.503 1:41.689 16. Alonso Renault (B) 1:41.667 17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:41.701 18. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:41.863 19. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:41.950 20. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:42.184