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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap

Event: Qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Round 21 of 21)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 30

Location: Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Layout: 5.554-kilometer (3.451-mile), 21-turn track

Weather: Clear

Air Temps: 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit)

Track Temps: 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit)

Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:34.779)

Result: Kevin Magnussen qualified 15th / Romain Grosjean qualified 16th

Note: Magnussen and Grosjean will start 14th and 15th respectively, as Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who qualified 2nd  will start at the rear of the grid for an engine-related penalty.

Free Practice No. 3 Rundown

Grosjean: 11th overall (1:37.768), 12 laps completed

Magnussen: 14th overall (1:38.198) 12 laps completed

Fastest Driver: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (1:36.566)

Most Laps: Carlos Sainz of McLaren (22 laps)

Q1 Rundown:

  • Lasts 18 minutes, with all 20 drivers participating
  • Fastest 15 drivers advance to Q2

Magnussen: 15th overall (1:37.710), Advances to Q2

Grosjean: 16th overall (1:38.051)

Fastest Driver: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:35.851)

Cutoff: 15th overall Magnussen of Haas F1 Team (1:37.710)

Q2 Rundown:

  • Lasts 15 minutes, featuring the 15 fastest drivers from Q1
  • Fastest 10 drivers advance to Q3

Magnussen: 15th overall (1:37.254)

Fastest Driver: Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari (1:35.543)

Cutoff: 10th overall Nico Hulkenberg of Renault (1:36.859)

Q3 Rundown:

  • Lasts 12 minutes, featuring the 10 fastest drivers from Q2, all battling for the pole

Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:34.779)

Second: Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (1:34.973)


Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean qualified 15th and 16th, respectively, for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Magnussen and Grosjean will however start 14th and 15th as Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who qualified 2nd, will start at the rear of the grid for an engine-related penalty.

Having been best of the rest in Friday’s practice sessions, Grosjean was denied even the opportunity to progress into Q2 under the floodlights at Yas Marina. With a fastest time of 1:38.051 in Q1, the Frenchman qualified 16th, missing the cut-off to progress by one position. Ahead of him it was Magnussen who narrowly missed the drop-zone. The Dane clocked a 1:37.710 on his final Q1 attempt to seal 15th and advance to Q2.

Q2 saw Magnussen produce a best lap of 1:37.254 to qualify 15th overall with only the top-10 in the session progressing to Q3.

Taking the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pole and his fifth of the season, and 88th career Formula One pole, was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. His Q3 fast lap of 1:34.779 beat second-place qualifier and teammate Valtteri Bottas by .194 of a second.

Romain Grosjean, Driver No. 8, Haas F1 Team

“It was very close and very far today. After three sessions where we were sixth, seventh and 11th, I think we were ready for qualifying. We were thinking we could be around tenth or 11th. We got out there and the car just behaved very differently. Obviously, we didn’t run the same package as yesterday with the same track temperatures, that surely didn’t help us. It’s been the story of our season. You get things set up and then you go into qualifying and the car just doesn’t behave the same. I’m disappointed with that, but there’s nothing the guys could have done differently. We’ve done the best job we could. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20, Haas F1 Team

“We didn’t know what to expect, as always. It’s hard to say, but after FP1 and FP2 Romain (Grosjean) had been showing good pace with his car, and I was very positive. He obviously then had to go back to what I was running. Ultimately today we’re both down qualifying in P15 and P16. That’s not good but I’m hoping we can do something tomorrow. We’re going to have a bit of fun and enjoy the last race of the season, let’s see if we can try and grab a point or two.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team

“Our expectations weren’t high for qualifying, and we were right. Finishing up 15th and 16th is the best we can do at the moment. I’m happy that it was the last qualifying session of the year, and I’m also happy that tomorrow’s the last race of the year. As always, we’re looking forward to going racing, even if we know our chances for points are slim.”

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