Lewis Hamilton takes pole ahead of Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton also beat his Mercedes teammate in all three practice runs this weekend.

By: AP | Abu Dhabi | Published:November 26, 2016 7:47 pm
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi GP, Hamilton Abu Dhabi, Hamilton Rosberg Mercedes, Sports Lewis Hamilton dominated all three qualifying sections and edged out Rosberg by .303 seconds. (Source: Reuters)

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying to clinch pole position Saturday for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and keep the pressure on title rival Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third behind Rosberg, and starts on the second row with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

With temperatures cooling and the sun setting on the Yas Marina circuit, Hamilton dominated all three qualifying sections and edged out Rosberg by .303 seconds to take pole.

Hamilton also beat his Mercedes teammate in all three practice runs this weekend, although Rosberg entered the race with the odds stacked in his favor and not needing to push for pole.

Rosberg, who took pole here the two previous years, guarantees his first title by finishing third, even if Hamilton wins the race.