With a precious eight-point championship lead and his closest rival behind him on the grid, the cards are stacked in Fernando Alonso’s favour.
Here’s a selection of pictures from today’s qualifying session under floodlights at the futuristic Yas Marina circuit.
Having been the most closely matched drivers in qualifying all year, a crucial gap opened up between the Red Bull pair.
Mark Webber said he simply didn’t have the pace to qualify any higher than fifth for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from his tenth pole position of the season.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are on the front row of the grid in Abu Dhabi.
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Sebastian Vettel headed the times at the end of the final practice session at Yas Marina.
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Chevrolet is to join IndyCar as the series second engine manufacturer in 2012.