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F1 Photos Abu Dhabi GP 2022: Qualifying Pictures

Abu Dhabi GP 2022

Pole position belongs to Max Verstappen. The unsung hero of qualifying was someone else. Sebastian Vettel stormed into Q3 in his last qualifying session. The ex-world champion once again got the best out of himself and his racing car.

The early evening in Abu Dhabi brought no surprises. Red Bull is the master of the ring in the emirate. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez showed it with the fastest lap times. First in daylight in the third training session, later under artificial light in the qualification. The world champion only briefly raised doubts that he would beat his teammate. When it counted, Verstappen was there, as so often this season.

Ferrari clung to the dark blue cars with the bull logos. Mercedes disappointed. The Silver Arrows had still looked like the first pursuer in the training sessions. You almost had to look backwards in the Mercedes warehouse. Lando Norris once again performed magic in his McLaren. The Englishman couldn't do better than seventh place.

Vettel's last Formula 1 qualification

The story at the top sounds rather boring. Because we are used to Verstappen leaving our colleagues behind. The pole position belonged to the world champion. And yet the majority looked to another driver. Sebastian Vettel let it fly again in his last qualification. And how. The Heppenheim native thrived in his Aston Martin. "I was very motivated and had the feeling that I still had that certain extra in me today." Indeed it was.

Vettel made Aston Martin shine. The ex-world champion fought, he solved all the tasks and placed his racing car in ninth place on the grid. That's something to be proud of for a prospective retiree. One almost had the impression that a pilot is not contesting his last qualification here, but his first. Vettel looked so hungry and dogged without cramping in the cockpit. He grumbled about slow-moving Red Bulls and still shook good lap times out of his sleeve.

In our photo show we show you the highlights of the qualification for the GP Abu Dhabi 2022.

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