Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen headlines F1 finale
Lewis Hamilton says he’s excited to get an Abu Dhabi GP conflict with Ferrari and Red Bull since the winner lines of the season upward on pole position ahead of this in-form Max Verstappen in F1’s final 2019 showdown.
It will just be Verstappen the most consistent performers of the season and the second time Hamilton, this season will shape the front row, with fireworks expected in the race of a compelling effort.
Charles Leclerc will start third for Ferrari.
“There are three distinct teams starting on the first three places, so I am eager for people to observe,” said Hamilton. “I feel that’s excellent for the sport.”
The nighttime race around spectacular Yas Marina is dwell only on Sky Sports F1, with accumulation from 11.30am and lights out at 1.10pm.
Could Red Bull prevent Mercedes?
“It is great to see the team are continuing to push,” Hamilton told Sky F1 after his first pole in two races. “As much as it can continue to be frustrating, I’m still pushing.”
Hamilton, who wrapped his title up two races back in Austin, has not been alone in fighting somewhat as a group securing one pole in eight in qualifying, together with Mercedes.
More often than not it has been Ferrari who have denied the entire world winners – but Red Bull, large improvers over 2019, were Mercedes’ primary threat in Saturday’s Abu Dhabi shootout, since Verstappen finally ended third, three-tenths off Hamilton, but shifting a place due to Valtteri Bottas’ race day punishment.
Although Red Bull, armed are expected to drive on the Silver Arrows mercedes happen to be powerful through the last sector at Yas Marina.
“I believe more so on their engine, it’s amazing to see what the engine’s currently stepped up to be,” confessed Hamilton. “You’ve got Ferrari, Honda and Mercedes.
“People can’t say we’ve got the best engine , we are up there with everyone kind of on par and we are going to work as hard as we can to put back it to be the best engine .”
Just like Hamilton, Verstappen will be seeking after emerging as Red Bull’s maturing and incredibly impressive team leader, to cap off.
He believes it would be an upset to conquer Mercedes, but is in the best position to assault Hamilton at the beginning.
“Mercedes is only very dominant about here and occasionally there are a few tracks which simply fit your car better than many others,” he explained.
“The beginning is always going to be important because it’s very difficult to overtake around here. But, still, a very long race, plenty of things can happen.”
Are Ferrari in victory hunt?
Ferrari would appear outsiders in qualifying after lacking pace, with all the Scuderia struggling in that twisty portion of the lap. However, they are nevertheless considered a danger, especially due to their straight-line speed benefit, along with the fact strategy has split with their drivers by Mercedes.
Leclerc will be the driver in the top four starting the race onto the palate, supporting his team-mate about the row that is second – together with Sebastian Vettel – joining Verstappen and Hamilton .
“I think it is possible to never write off anyone prior to a rush,” Mercedes manager Toto Wolff told reporters on Saturday.
“I believe Verstappen was the most powerful in comparison to people on the runs on Friday, but Ferrari are Ferrari. They’re fast on the straights, that provides them an overtaking opportunity, and I think all of us will have a chance for the victory.”
Added to this intrigue is the fact Leclerc announced he was prepared to take”risks” in order to reevaluate Verstappen for third position in the tournament, with the Monegasque currently 11 points behind the Red Bull.
“Yes, definitely [it is still a race I can acquire ],” he explained. “I shall take quite a little lot of danger at the start. I need to have some risk and need complete facing Max for the championship, so I will give it all and see what happens.”
Bottas will be one to watch, with the Finn recovering from the rear of the grid at a Mercedes with a new engine.
Abu Dhabi GP Provisional Starting Grid
1. Mercedes, lewis Hamilton
2. Red Bull, max Verstappen
3. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
5. Red Bull, alex Albon
6. Lando Norris
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
8. McLaren, carlos Sainz
9. Nico Hulkenberg
10. Sergio Perez
11. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso
12. Racing Point, lance Stroll
13. Toro Rosso, daniil Kvyat
14. Haas, kevin Magnussen
15. Romain Grosjean
16. Antonio Giovinazzi
17. Kimi Raikkonen
18. Williams, george Russell
19. Williams, robert Kubica
20. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes