F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas on the Pole
MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas will start the final race of the 2017 F1 season on the Pole position after posting the quickest time in Qualifying Saturday in Abu Dhabi on the Yas Marina circuit
Mr. Bottas will line up on the front row alongside MercedesAMG team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who is already confirmed as the world champion, after posting a fast time of time of 1 min, 36.231 secs in the final session.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel will start in 3rd.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Riccardo in 4th.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 5th
Mr. Hamilton had earlier topped the final practice time sheets, although that mark was beaten again in Qualifying.
All involved seek to finish off the Y 2017 campaign in Top form with a flourish.
Here are the results from qualifying courtesy of the F1 Twitter account:
Other F1 news
Pirelli has announced that it is introducing 2 new tire compounds for next season: superhard and hypersoft.
This will provide teams with harder and softer compounds than what is currently available, bringing the number of compounds to seven in total.
Pirelli said it made the decision to address criticism that this season’s compounds were perhaps too conservative.
A farewell to F1 on NBC Sports
This weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the 98th and final Formula 1 race to be carried by the NBC Sports Group following confirmation of the sport’s move away for 2018.
Over five years, NBC Sports Group has grown F1 live viewership by 65 per cent, and is on course to have its most-watched F1 season since acquiring the rights in 2013.
The 98-race stint has seen 3 different drivers – Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – win world titles, with a further four – Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen – winning races.
A number of Key F1 figures have bowed out of the sport, including Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Ron Dennis, and, to some extent, even Bossman Bernie Ecclestone.
The last 5 years have been among the most important in F1 history with the changes in power both on and off the grid, and it is an era we shall look back on fondly.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – TV/Stream Times