Max Verstappen Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen outpaced team-mate Sergio Perez to take pole position for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Photo: Twitter @Max33Verstappen

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Max Verstappen outpaced team-mate Sergio Perez to take pole position for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen outpaced team-mate Sergio Perez to take pole position for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Photo: Twitter @Max33Verstappen

Max Verstappen outpaced Sergio Perez to take pole position for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Red Bull locked out the front row in qualifying.

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The race will start at 15:00 (SA time) on Sunday.

The two-time world champion clocked a best lap in one minute and 23.824 seconds to finish two-tenths clear of the Mexican, delighting Red Bull after a week of reported rifts between the two drivers.

Charles Leclerc was third ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz and the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who claimed his maiden victory last weekend in Brazil.

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Lando Norris was seventh for McLaren ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and retirement-bound four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin. Daniel Ricciardo was 10th on his last drive for McLaren.

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Grid for Sunday’s season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after qualifying at the Yas Marina circuit on Saturday:

Front row

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull)

2nd row

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)

Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari)

3rd row

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

4th row

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

5th row

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault)

6th row

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)

7th row

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes)

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

8th row

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari)

9th row

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo)

10th row

Alex Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)