2015 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Kvyat and Sainz Jr. complete the top 10 positions
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Bottas takes sixth, ahead of Hulkenberg and Massa
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Raikkonen is third, from Perez and Ricciardo
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It's Rosberg on pole, almost four tenths up on Hamilton
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What a thrilling end to qualifying at Yas Marina!
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Raikkonen also snatches third from Perez
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It's a stunning 1:40.237 from the German
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But Rosberg responds to claim pole position!
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Hamilton edges ahead of Rosberg with a 1:40.614!
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Kvyat goes seventh, splitting the Williams drivers
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The chequered flag comes out, with times to follow
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Ricciardo improves his time, but stays fifth
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All 10 active drivers are now out there circulating
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Drivers now return to the pits ahead of the final runs
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Kvyat is ninth, in front of Sainz Jr., who is yet to post a time
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Bottas holds sixth, from team-mate Massa and Hulkenberg
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Perez is third, ahead of Raikkonen and Ricciardo
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Rosberg now storms clear with a 1:40.738
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Hamilton's opening effort is a 1:41.016
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It looks as though he'll be going for just one run
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Sainz Jr. is the only driver still in the pits
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Alonso takes to social media after his early exit:
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Plenty more drivers trundle down the pit lane
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Perez and Hulkenberg are the first to head out for Force India
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After that pause, the pole position shootout begins
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Sainz Jr. thus ends the Toro Rosso qualifying battle on top
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Out in Q2: VES, BUT, MAL, NAS, GRO
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That's another impressive lap from the Mexican
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Perez goes third fastest in his Force India
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Maldonado and Nasr remain 13th and 14th
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Verstappen narrowly misses out in 11th
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Button has to settle for 12th with his final lap
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Sainz Jr. goes 10th, which pushes down Verstappen
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The chequered flag now comes out
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Grosjean pulls off track, reporting that he "lost everything"
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Bottas jumps to fifth with a late improvement
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Raikkonen goes third, 0.854s down on Hamilton
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But Raikkonen now heads out on track
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Grosjean and Raikkonen are still yet to post times
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Williams and Toro Rosso hold the remaining top 10 places
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Kvyat goes sixth, just behind the Force Indias
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Grosjean is also asked to return to the pits with an issue
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Hulkenberg is told that he has a deflating tyre
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Massa also had a moment, running wide at Turn 1
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Replays show Nasr getting some air over the kerbs
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Ricciardo now edges ahead of them in his Red Bull
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Hulkenberg and Perez slot into third and fourth
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Rosberg's first Q2 time is a couple of tenths slower
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Hamilton moves to the front with a 1:40.758
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So he'll have an extra set of Super Softs to play with
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He made it through on the slower Soft compound
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Raikkonen is the only driver still in the pits
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Massa posts the first Q2 time: 1:42.362
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More drivers gradually leaving their garages
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Expect to see Super Soft tyres all the way now
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Massa is the first to head back out on track
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After that short break, Q2 gets under way
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Vettel appeared to hit trouble downshifting for the Turn 5/6 chicane
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It's not yet clear if Vettel simply eased off or suffered a power loss
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Replays confirm that Alonso picked up a puncture
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Out in Q1: VET, ALO, ERI, STE, MER
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Vettel is out in the first qualifying phase
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Vettel is in the drop zone... and he's backed off!
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Alonso pits with a suspected rear puncture
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Button goes ninth with his final lap of the session
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The chequered flag comes out, with times to follow
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Ericsson has pitted with a technical problem
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He hit a little bit of traffic in the final sector of that lap
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Bottas gets himself into the top 10 with an improvement
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It could be an edgy final minute or so in the Ferrari garage...
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Raikkonen has opted to stay in the pits for these final runs
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Massa now jumps to sixth, demoting Raikkonen further
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Kvyat, Verstappen and Sainz Jr. slot behind Raikkonen
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Ricciardo is now fifth, ahead of Raikkonen's Ferrari
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Perez improves to third, in front of team-mate Hulkenberg
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Just under four minutes remaining in the session
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Kvyat, Button, Ericsson, Stevens and Merhi are in the drop zone
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We're seeing a few more drivers switch to Super Softs now
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Moments after we type that, he climbs to fifth
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Vettel is seven tenths back in ninth position
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Raikkonen improves his lap time, but stays third
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He was some 30km/h down in a straight line there
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Button can only go 16th with his opening effort
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Bottas and Alonso moved up to seventh and eighth
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Raikkonen, on Softs, goes third, 1.7 seconds adrift
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Maldonado now edges ahead of his Lotus team-mate
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Grosjean pops up to third, just ahead of Perez
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Rosberg goes second, 0.137s down on his team-mate
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Hamilton, on Super Softs, goes quickest with a 1:40.974
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Massa now splits the Red Bulls in his Williams
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Kvyat slots into second, a couple of tenths adrift
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Ricciardo gets the first time on the board: 1:43.401
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Sparks being kicked up by various drivers on the straights
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Some stunning shots as the sun continues to set
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So far, so good for the young Russian driver
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Kvyat checks that everything is in order after his FP3 issue
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Plenty more drivers are quick to take to the track
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Replays show Ricciardo sliding his way out of the garage
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Red Bull pair Ricciardo and Kvyat are the first to head out
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and Q1 begins!
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The first is between Turns 7 & 8, with the second between Turns 10 & 11
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There are two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres here
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He will of course be joining the new Haas F1 Team for the 2016 season
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Romain Grosjean is taking part in his final qualifying session with Lotus today:
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Behind the Silver Arrows, Force India driver Sergio Perez split the Ferrari pair
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Nico Rosberg remained fastest during final practice, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, despite his fears about running an "extremely old" engine
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We're all set for what will be the final grid-deciding session of the year
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The sun is setting and the floodlights are switching on at the Yas Marina Circuit
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Welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!