Bottas best in 1st practice for Abu Dhabi GP; Vettel crashes

Bottas best in 1st practice for Abu Dhabi GP; Vettel crashes

Not since July has Lewis Hamilton been at the front of the grid for a Grand Prix.

Hamilton edged out his teammate Valtteri Bottas to the front of the grid, but with the Mercedes drivers locking out the front row, there is a wonderful opportunity ahead for Hamilton to finish the season with a flourish.

The British driver has been with Mercedes since 2013 and taken five of his six titles with them but the team principal Toto Wolff confirmed that he believed a move to Ferrari was credible.

"It feels a lot longer than since the German Grand Prix", said world champion Hamilton.

"It is the first compliment I have had from Ferrari in 13 years", said Hamilton, 35 in January.

"So, I have zero problem, a racing driver will always try to be in the quickest possible vehicle, and the quickest possible auto is always going to try to have the best racing driver in there". It is positive and it is never a waste of time to be nice to someone.

"A driver of that level will always know he can make an impact in a team".

Leclerc, speaking before the stewards met to consider Ferrari's alleged fuel irregularity, said: "I'm extremely happy about this year". I think for a company like Daimler to allow a shareholding from their managing partners, including myself, is not something that came easily, and the relationship has got stronger since then. His current contract at Mercedes runs out after the 2020 season and contract negotiations will soon start if they haven't already.

"It's been a while", admitted Hamilton afterwards as he celebrated career pole 88.

"I actually sat next to Mattia when he said that, in the press conference, and he was asked the question what he thought about Lewis, and he said he has the highest of esteems about Lewis", Wolff said.

The fans watching as the sky darkened and the floodlights flickered on saw no overtaking, except for Verstappen's clean move on Charles Leclerc's Ferrari on Lap 33. I believe, anything is possible, we have a very good vehicle.

This year's trip was so special, so different, but I'm forever grateful for the lessons learned. "I am absolutely open to everybody exploring options". My priority would be to continue this successful journey.

"Spa was a bit of weird weekend because obviously on the Saturday it was very sad because I lost one of my friends in a crash. but at the end it was my first victory in F1".

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel with Alex Albon taking sixth in the second Red Bull.

The third victor of Abu Dhabi Vettel, who will start with soft tires as opposed to the two Mercedes, Red Bulls and Leclerc, also had his opinion on the disappointing qualifying finish.

Related Articles

  • Once Again, Melania Trump’s White House Christmas Is Creepy as Hell

    Once Again, Melania Trump’s White House Christmas Is Creepy as Hell

    The White House previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday before Trump and the first lady were to depart for London. Christmas decorations are on display in the East Room at the White House, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
    United States  panel sets deadline for Trump to decide participation in impeachment hearings

    United States panel sets deadline for Trump to decide participation in impeachment hearings

    Democrats set a December 6 deadline for the White House to say whether it will participate in impeachment proceedings. Trump did nothing wrong or that his actions were unfortunate, but not impeachable.
    Microsoft's Best Black Friday Gaming And Hardware Deals

    Microsoft's Best Black Friday Gaming And Hardware Deals

    As part of its Black Friday 2019 sale, GAME is selling three month Game Pass Ultimate memberships for £16.49. If you have a baby to buy for, or someone who can't be trusted with pricey tech, this is the deal for them.
  • At least ten people shot in the New Orleans French Quarter

    At least ten people shot in the New Orleans French Quarter

    New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting that wounded 10 people early Sunday near the city's famed French Quarter. In a statement around midday Sunday local time, Ferguson said the investigation was still in the "very beginning stages".
    Cheap Cyber Monday gaming chair deals 2019

    Cheap Cyber Monday gaming chair deals 2019

    Amazon's "Countdown to Black Friday" usually rolls out deals as early as the first week of November. But these deals will only be found online on Walmart .com, starting at 12:01 am ET on December 2.
    The Queen issues statement in the wake of London Bridge terror attacks

    The Queen issues statement in the wake of London Bridge terror attacks

    The identity of the other individual with the fire extinguisher, or the origin of the extinguisher, is not known at this time. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed two people, a man and a woman, had died as a result of the attack.
  • China scientists find LB-1 black hole, larger than thought could exist

    China scientists find LB-1 black hole, larger than thought could exist

    There are several types of black holes, and stellar black holes like LB-1 are on the smaller side, according to NASA . Scientists have discovered a "monster black hole", but they said it's so big that it shouldn't actually exist.
    Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Dying fan gets early screening

    Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Dying fan gets early screening

    Abrams stars Carrie Fisher in her last role, Mark Hamill , Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley , John Boyega and Keri Russel among others. Iger tweeted to confirm that Disney was "grateful" to be able to share the film and the hospice responded with their thanks.
    Unai Emery sacked by Arsenal after poor start to season

    Unai Emery sacked by Arsenal after poor start to season

    Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports , De Gea said: "The team is what it is, and results are what they have been recently". Manchester United is another big club struggling this season, and that continued in a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.
  • Mobile's 5G

    Mobile's 5G "low-band" network lights up across the country

    Something to look forward to: Curiously enough, T-Mobile made no claims regarding speed in its press release . OnePlus ' latest device, the 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition , is now up for pre-order on T-Mobile's website.
    'Frozen 2' Crosses $200M in Near-Record Time

    'Frozen 2' Crosses $200M in Near-Record Time

    The film, which sees its leads on the run after a traffic stop gone wrong, is connecting with audiences with an A- Cinemascore. It will crush the 2013 record for the occasion time frame set by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire " by more than $40 million.
    Lovestruck pig pursues TV reporter live on air in Greece

    Lovestruck pig pursues TV reporter live on air in Greece

    The reporter spent his live shot during " Good Morning Greece " dodging a sow that just wouldn't leave him alone. A pig in Greece tried to steal the limelight from a journalist on Tuesday as he was doing a live broadcast.