Max Verstappen takes the pole position ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand prix

Max Verstappen took a step closer to winning his first Formula One title as he beat rival Lewis Hamilton to pole position in the last Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen and Hamilton are on equal terms with 369.5 points heading into the title-decider at the Yas Marina Circuit and the Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has claimed an advantage, beating the defending champion Lewis Hamilton by 0.371 seconds in Saturday’s qualifying session.

In a dramatic twist, Verstappen suffered a flat-spot to his medium tyres in Q2, forcing Red Bull to switch his starting set to softs for tomorrow’s race. The 24-year-old will start on the faster set of tyres while Hamilton will be on the mediums. Verstappen came from behind to beat Hamilton as he was assisted by his teammate Sergio Perez Sergio, leaving Hamilton almost half a second away from the pole. McLaren’s Lando Norris claimed a surprise P3, with Sergio Perez claiming P4. Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas could only manage P6.

Mercedes Boss Wolff said, Hamilton may find the start of the race difficult with Verstappen, as well as Lando Norris, Perez, and Carlos Sainz, all starting on the faster set of tyres but the seven-time world champion could have the advantage over the remainder of the race. Hamilton would be racing in Abu Dhabi GP to win his record 8th Formula one title on Sunday.