Formula 1

LEWIS HAMILTON BREAKS RED BULL’S STREAK AND TAKES POLE POSITION FOR ABU DHABI.

Lewis Hamilton said he has no hopes of being on pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix despite doing well in a practice session.

fastest in first practice and 0.168 seconds behind Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel in the second. But when asked if he had a chance of pole, the Brit rejected the idea.

“Honestly, no. But I`m going to give it my all. The last four races have been won by a certain guy. B

ut if we get ahead it will be a huge bonus,” the BBC quoted Hamilton, as saying.

According to the report, Hamilton said that he had been happy with his car in first practice but not in the second and he suspected that he was failing to get the “soft“ “option“ tyres into their correct working temperature range.

“It`s been an interesting day. We have got through quite a lot. It seemed quite good in P1. P2 was a bit of a struggle for me,” he said.

“I set a good time on the prime [“medium“ compound tyre] but people seemed to find about 0.8secs on the option and I wasn`t able to get any time out of it. Perhaps it`s about switching the tyres on. If we get pole it would be fantastic but we shouldn`t get our hopes up; Sebastian has got a faster car,”

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m40.630s
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m40.978s  + 0.348
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m41.073s  + 0.443
 4.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m41.226s  + 0.596
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m41.260s  + 0.630
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m41.290s  + 0.660
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m41.582s  + 0.952
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m41.603s  + 0.973
 9.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m41.723s  + 1.093
10.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m41.778s  + 1.148  
Q2 cut-off time: 1m41.907s Gap **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m42.019s  + 1.118
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m42.084s  + 1.183
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m42.218s  + 1.317
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m42.289s  + 1.388
15.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m42.330s  + 1.429
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m42.606s  + 1.705
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m42.765s  + 1.864
Q1 cut-off time: 1m43.582s Gap *
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m44.058s  + 2.561
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m44.956s  + 3.459
20.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m45.089s  + 3.592
21.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m45.151s  + 3.654
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m45.426s  + 3.929
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m45.766s  + 4.269
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m46.382s  + 4.885