The scene is set for a titanic showdown in the final race of the F1 2016 season. Even without double points, Bernie has the finish he wanted. The title is still up for grabs and it could be one heck of a race on Sunday after Lewis Hamilton clinched pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The defending world champion finished 0.303 seconds ahead of championship leader Nico Rosberg. It’s a tough day for Lewis though, he can go and win the race but It’s what happens down the field that matters. A Hamilton win will mean nothing for the British driver if the German finishes in the top three.
A Mercedes 1-2 looks likely on Sunday with the all-conquering team way ahead of their opposition. Hamilton finished 0.834 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in third. The Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel were fourth and fifth with Verstappen in sixth place.
Hamilton now has 12 poles this season, four more than Rosberg. It’s been poor starts and mechanical problems that have cost him dearly this season. He was superb in qualifying winning all three of the sessions. The way it’s going he’ll become the all-time record winner of pole positions next season as he trails Michael Schumacher by just seven at the end of this season.
“We got the car in a great sweet spot and I want to thank everyone – I would not have the 61 poles if it was not for them. The perfect position for tomorrow,” said Hamilton after qualifying. As for Rosberg, he feels his car had a good balance and will “give it everything” in Sunday’s race. He doesn’t need “everything” though does he?
This could be an even more interesting race on Sunday as Red Bull will be starting on the super-soft tyres rather than the ultra-softs. Daniel Ricciardo believes his team “have to try something” and said “we will see if it puts us in the fight.” Just ahead of Rosberg will do Lewis.
A Hamilton win could well be the order of the day on Sunday as he’s been in fantastic form and that engine is behaving itself. Rosberg is also looking good though and a top three place and a first world title looks on the cards barring collisions or mechanical failure. It could be heart in the mouth time.so I hope you enjoy the race as the 2016 F1 World Champion is finally crowned.