Lewis Hamilton on pole in Abu Dhabi

November 24 2018 , 4:15 pm

An emotional Lewis Hamilton sealed his pole position for the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP with a kiss for his Mercedes W09 car.

Hamilton held off team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to claim his 11th pole position of the season by just over a tenth of a second.

“It’s quite an emotional qualifying session for me because it’s the last one with this car. I’m probably the closest I’ve been to a car. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. To go out there and push yourself, there’s no better feeling.”

While Hamilton’s advantage in qualifying was slight, his dominance of F1 in recent years has become supreme.

Having won 50 of the last 99 races, Hamilton has also claimed 52 poles from the last 100 events.

“It was a great qualifying session. It’s been such a journey this year. So many things have happened, so many trials and tribulations along the way and it’s been a real privilege working with these guys,” said Hamilton.

“The team have done a really good job this weekend getting the car into the right window and obviously it was quite close in the end. It’s always difficult to improve on your last lap but I managed to increase the gap.

“What a great way to end the season with a one-two qualifying session. Really proud of everyone at Mercedes.”

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