The Abu Dhabi GP qualifying session saw Lewis Hamilton conquer his first pole since the German GP, ahead of his teammate and Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton takes pole in dominating fashion, as Leclerc does not make it to the final attempt. More drama will ensue from such a costly mistake, which certainly ruled the Monegasque out of an extra shot to get to the front row.
Valtteri Bottas set the second quickest laptime, which will translate into a start from the bottom due to his penalty. Hence, Verstappen will take his place on the front row. Leclerc will move up to P3 and Vettel to P5.
Alex Albon settles for P6, next to Lando Norris. The McLaren driver prevailed in the midfield contention, as Ricciardo, Sainz and Hulkenberg complete the top ten.
Mercedes started their run on the Medium tyres, whereas Ferrari kicked off Q2 on Softs. Leclerc jumped to the lead at the end of the session on Medium tyres, fending off Hamilton by 0.091s. Vettel finished fourth behind Bottas, nearly two and a half tenths off the pace.
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris successfully entered Q3 relying on the Soft tyre. The duo was split by Alex Albon in P7. With Ricciardo and Hulkenberg rounding up the Top-10, Renault nailed a double Q3 in the last race of the season.
Perez, Gasly, Stroll, Kvyat and Magnussen did not make it to the closing stage of qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton topped Q1, edging teammate Valtteri Bottas in third by 0.349s. The Finn will start from the back of the grid, following fitting two all-new power units over the weekend. Max Verstappen clocked the fourth quickest time, paying a 0.5s gap from the top. Ferrari followed with Leclerc in 5th and Vettel in 7th, following a late improvement from Albon in 2nd and Perez in 6th.
The German spun on the main straight halfway through the session without any consequences.
A potential unsafe release was also noted, with Grosjean nearly crashing into Daniil Kvyat in the pitlane after a wrongly-timed release from the Toro Rosso garage.
The Frenchman also missed the cut to Q2 and was eliminated as well as Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Russell and Kubica.