Lewis Hamilton provided the crowd at Yas Marina some qualifying excitement as he waited until the very last moment to snatch pole position for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Briton had been the pacesetter through the three phases of qualifying, but had seen his initial Q3 effort bettered by the two Red Bull drivers and had to pull something out of the bag as the last driver to make it onto a flying lap as the chequered flag was readied. With the sun setting fast over the spectacular circuit, the Briton responded in style, clocking a 1min 40. 948secs lap to beat Sebastian Vettel's effort by over six-tenths of a second.

Vettel, still chasing second in the standings with Brawn's Rubens Barrichello, will line up alongside the Briton on the front row, with Mark Webber third fastest to deny Barrichello and new world champion Jenson Button, who struggled with a vibration on his last run.

Jarno Trulli had threatened the front row mid-session, but could not match his faster rivals and will start sixth, ahead of the two BMW Saubers - Robert Kubica ahead of Nick Heidfeld - with Nico Rosberg and Sebastien Buemi completing the top ten.

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