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