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Mark Webber overhauls Vettel for Abu Dhabi pole

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Mark Webber produced a brilliant lap to beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pole position for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina.

Vettel led after the first run  but it was Webber who came out on top with a 1:39.957. Vettel was second with the two Mercedes behind on the second row.

Despite a close session throughout it ultimately came down to a battle of the Bulls as Lewis Hamilton slid off the track on his final run, meaning he will start fourth while Nico Rosberg couldn’t improve and he remained third.

Kimi Raikkonen put all his troubles off the track behind him to claim fifth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who returned to the front with an excellent sixth for Sauber, Grosjean slipped down to seventh.

Felipe Massa did a good job for Ferrari given their struggles so far with eighth and Sergio Perez also impressed beating team-mate Jenson Button in ninth, Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso highlighted what a difficult weekend this has been failing to make Q3 in 11th while Button was another surprise absentee in 13th.

Paul di Resta will start between the two in 12th while Vergne was behind his team-mate in 14th, the two Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas completed the midfield line-up.

Such is the time difference between the two tyre compounds this weekend, all the teams were forced onto the soft option tyres in the first 20 minute segment.

As Lotus up front both Ferrari’s and Lewis Hamilton looked at risk of dropping out for a brief time while it would a regular Esteban Gutierrez and Force India’s Adrian Sutil who would join the Marussia’s and the Caterham’s.

Dutchman Giedo van der Garde was the fastest of those four cars ahead of Jules Bianchi, he will however drop to last following a 5-place penalty for changing his gearbox. That promotes Charles Pic upto 20th ahead of Max Chilton in the other Marussia.

Back at the front however and with Webber on pole this could be his best chance to claim one more win before he retires at the end of the season, Sebastian Vettel will be looking for an unprecedented seventh straight win and Mercedes will look to keep them honest as well.

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