Valtteri Bottas will start the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position after beating Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton in the final stage of qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.

After trailing Hamilton throughout practice in Abu Dhabi, Bottas was able to respond in qualifying and claim the fourth pole position of his F1 career, aided by a mistake by his teammate at the very end of the session.

Bottas drew first blood in Q3 by beating Hamilton by almost two-tenths of a second with his first flying lap, leaving the four-time champion with work to do if he wanted to capture a fourth pole position at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Bottas opened the door for Hamilton after a slow final lap in Q3 that saw him return to the pits and not post a final time, and looked poised to lose pole as the four-time champion went faster through the opening two sectors.

However, a mistake from Hamilton at the final corner saw him fail to improve, falling 0.172 seconds shy of Bottas' fastest time of 1:36.231, giving the Finn pole position.

Following the Mercedes front row, Sebastian Vettel finished as the best of the rest for Ferrari in third, half a second back from Bottas, while Daniel Ricciardo squeezed his way into fourth place with a rapid final effort.

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen trailed their teammates, finishing P5 and P6 for Ferrari and Red Bull respectively, while Nico Hulkeberg finished as the best of the rest for Renault in P7 ahead of Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

In his final F1 qualifying appearance, Felipe Massa wound up 10th for Williams after nailing his final lap in Q2 to squeeze through to the final stage of qualifying, dumping McLaren's Fernando Alonso out by just 0.07 seconds to leave the Spaniard 11th overall.

Carlos Sainz Jr. ended qualifying 12th after a disappointing display for Renault, finishing six-tenths off teammate Hulkenberg in Q2, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen following in 13th and 14th place respectively.

Lance Stroll wound up 15th for Williams amid ongoing engine struggles for the Canadian, while Romain Grosjean was nudged out in Q1 after a late lap from Stroll left the Haas driver 16th for the start on Sunday.

Toro Rosso's hopes of holding onto sixth in the constructors' championship were also not helped by a double elimination in the first session, with Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley taking P17 and P20 respectively, split by the Sauber duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gets underway at 5pm local time (1pm GMT) on Sunday.



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