MAX VERSTAPPEN secured the ultimate pole place of 2020 as he narrowly edged out Valterri Bottas to start out on the entrance for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver secured his first pole place within the final race of 2020, with the 23-year-old now trying to win his second GP of 2020.
Purple Bull star Max Verstappen will begin on the entrance of the Abu Dhabi Grand PrixCredit score: Getty – Pool
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas completed second in qualifyingCredit score: AP:Related Press
Verstappen – who’s sitting third within the 2020 World Championship – got here out quickest in qualifying in his closing lap.
The Dutch ace secured a time of 1:35:245, simply 0.025 seconds faster than Bottas.
Bottas seemed to be ending quickest after he pipped Lewis Hamilton on his final lap.
Nevertheless it was Verstappen that celebrated on the finish of qualifying as he did not include his delight.
Talking on the crew radio after breaking his F1 2020, he mentioned: “YESSSS. COME ON BOYS
“This feels good, this feels good. Nicely finished boys, superb.”
Earlier than telling Sky Sports activities: “Very pleased with that. It was fairly a difficult qualifying, there are such a lot of corners the place you may mistake however fortunately all the things got here collectively on that closing lap.
“It is a lengthy season for everybody, with numerous races in a row. I feel this was closing qualifying for everybody within the crew and for positive we’re very pleased with that.
Lewis Hamilton completed third within the final qualifying session of 2020Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty
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“The entire season, behind behind and getting nearer it’s kind of irritating. However very, more than happy with immediately.”
McLaren star Lando Norris capped off a formidable yr by sealing fourth in qualifying, with Verstappen’s Purple Bull team-mate Alex Albon coming fifth.
Carlos Sainz then adopted in sixth in what was his final qualifying outing for McLaren earlier than he joins Ferrari.
AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kyvat ended up in seventh, with Racing Level star Lance Stroll in eighth.
Charles LeClerc might be dissatisfied after he completed in ninth as Pierre Gasly accomplished the highest ten.
George Russell – who got here so near successful the Sakhir GP final week – was knocked out in Q1.