Verstappen secured his seventh pole position of the 2022 season with two laps good enough for first place, eventually setting a 1m23.824s, which was 0.228s faster than his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.
That came despite a “scare” when his car stalled prior to its first Q3 run.
Two-time world champion Verstappen has promised to help Perez in his battle for second in the standings with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who will start third alongside stablemate Carlos Sainz.
After the best weekend of the season in Brazil, Mercedes could only finish the third row with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in what team boss Toto Wolff called “someone to put in the toilet”.
While Lando Norris (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) shared the fourth row, outgoing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel set for a strong final F1 race with a decent effort to secure ninth on the grid for Aston Martin .
Daniel Ricciardo also secured a place in Q3 on his last outing for McLaren, but has a grid drop of three places due to his collision with Kevin Magnussen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, meaning the man who will replace Vettel next year – the outgoing Alpine driver Fernando Alonso – will start alongside him in tenth.
Yuki Tsunoda is moved up to 11th for AlphaTauri, ahead of Mick Schumacher in his final race ahead of Haas and Ricciardo, while Pierre Gasly is 17th in his final start with AlphaTauri before joining Ocon at Alpine next season.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22
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When is the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix?
- Date: Sunday 20e November 2022
- Start time: 13:00 GMT, 17:00 local time
The 22nd round of the 2022 F1 season, the Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina circuit, kicks off at 5pm local time (1pm GMT) on Sunday 20th.e November.
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the UK, Formula 1 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights a few hours after the race has finished on Channel 4. Live streaming via NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels, costing £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed via NOW with a single day payment of £11.98p or a monthly membership of £33.99p per month.
How can I watch the F1 Abu Dhabi GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports will broadcast the Abu Dhabi GP live, with the race live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage starts at 11.30am on Sky Sports F1 and 12.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event, ahead of the race start at 1pm GMT.
- Channels: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
- Start time: 11.30am GMT on Sky Sports F1, 12.30pm GMT on Sky Sports Main Event, Sunday 20eNovember 2022
TBEN will run a live text coverage of the Abu Dhabi GP here.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75
Photo by: Gareth Harford/Motorsport Images
When can I watch the F1 Abu Dhabi GP highlights?
In the UK, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from the Abu Dhabi GP on Sunday at 5.30pm GMT. The full program lasts two and a half hours and includes the pre-race, the race highlights and the first post-race reaction to wrap up the main talking points of the race weekend.
Throughout the 2022 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from every qualifying and race of every event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
- Channel: Channel 4
- Start time: 17:30 GMT, Sunday 20e November 2022
Will the F1 Abu Dhabi GP be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on TBEN Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the TBEN Sounds app and via the TBEN Sport website.
Live coverage of the Abu Dhabi GP begins at 1pm GMT on TBEN Radio 5 Live and on the TBEN Sounds app.
Weather forecast for the F1 Abu Dhabi GP
The current weather forecast predicts hot and dry conditions at the Yas Marina circuit, with a slight chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be 29 degrees Celsius for the start of the race, one degree warmer than the Brazilian GP’s previous timeout.
George Russel, Mercedes W13
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How many laps is the F1 Abu Dhabi GP?
The race is scheduled to cover 58 laps of the Yas Marina circuit, covering a total race distance of 306.183 km.
F1 Abu DhabiGP starting grid