|Row 1||1. Nico Rosberg 1’40.237
|2. Lewis Hamilton 1’40.614
|Row 2||3. Kimi Raikkonen 1’41.051
|4. Sergio Perez 1’41.184
|Row 3||5. Daniel Ricciardo 1’41.444
|6. Valtteri Bottas 1’41.656
|Row 4||7. Nico Hulkenberg 1’41.686
|8. Felipe Massa 1’41.759
|Row 5||9. Daniil Kvyat 1’41.933
|10. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’42.708
|Row 6||11. Max Verstappen 1’42.521
|12. Jenson Button 1’42.668
|Row 7||13. Pastor Maldonado 1’42.807
|14. Felipe Nasr 1’43.614
|Row 8||15. Sebastian Vettel 1’42.941
|16. Fernando Alonso 1’43.187
|Row 9||17. Marcus Ericsson 1’43.838
|18. Romain Grosjean* No time
|Row 10||19. Will Stevens** 1’46.297
|20. Roberto Merhi*** 1’47.434
*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
**Five-place grid penalty for using fifth control electronics
***Will start from the pit lane
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12 comments on “2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid”
28th November 2015, 14:03
So happy I got my prediction wrong!
Hamilton with a fresher engine behind Rosberg and Vettel starting from the back. Should be an entertaining race.
28th November 2015, 14:05
Can’t believe the norm is reversing on HAM and ROS.
RAI seems to be Middle East specialist, which is rather ironic. Ha!
28th November 2015, 14:24
Haha that second part about Räikkönen cracked me up, good one!
28th November 2015, 21:54
How is he middle east specialist? Is Abu Dhabi the only race in middle east? In any case, Vettel’s not seen as “middle east specialist”, it’s “east” in general, or 2nd part of season depending on who you ask…
28th November 2015, 14:05
That gap suggests this is not just Hamilton not driving well or as well as he did earlier in the season. Something about what Mercedes have changed on the car is favouring Nico and going against Lewis. Lewis said in his BBC column that changes the team made to the car after Singapore left him feeling that the car wasn’t underneath him whereas Nico has felt more comfortable. Nico will probably win tomorrow but Lewis’s biggest battle is going to be over the winter to try and get the team to look at why the car isn’t feeling right for him.
Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty)
28th November 2015, 14:13
@gazzap It’ll be car setup changes to put the tyres back into the correct temperature zone since Singapore, when the tyre pressure minimum was raised. Hamilton excels at heavy braking and thus it’s now harder for him to gain time there.
Pre-Singapore: Hamilton 0.3s ahead on average.
Post-Singapore: Rosberg 0.1s ahead (maybe a bit more now, given the gap here).
28th November 2015, 14:14
Or Rosberg just upped his game over the last few races? Btw, Hamilton managed to win three more races after the Singapore updates, so his BBC column doesn’t completely correlate with the race results.
28th November 2015, 14:55
Winning a race is about more than pure pace.
28th November 2015, 14:38
I am pretty sure this problem arose when HAM started finishing second in races..We did not hear about it when he won in Austin..
28th November 2015, 14:56
He wouldn’t have won if Rosberg hadn’t slipped up.
28th November 2015, 15:15
That is true..and ROS actually overtook HAM in that race..maybe the car suits ROS better now as HAM says..
29th November 2015, 12:26
The car set up favoured Hamilton for most the season and he won the title because of it? Now it suits Rosberg so what. Of course this assumes this is the case and not just driver form.
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