ABU DHABI – The penultimate act of the 2014 Formula 1 season takes place this evening in Abu Dhabi as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg compete for the final pole position of the season.
Hamilton heads into the last race of the year with a 17-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, knowing that a top two finish will be enough for him to win a second world title.
However, Rosberg has a better qualifying record this year, and proved in FP3 that he is still in the hunt for his maiden championship by beating Hamilton into second place.
Although no points are awarded on a Saturday, qualifying will be an important pre-cursor for tomorrow’s showdown at sundown under the lights at Yas Marina Circuit.
You can watch qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.
Practice has seen the Mercedes driver show few signs of easing off despite it being the final race of the season, enjoying a lead over around one second over the rest of the field. Any hopes Rosberg may have had of a car finishing between himself and Hamilton, thus giving him the title, appear to be in tatters. His only real hope is that Lewis can suffer yet another mechanical or technical failure on his car.
However, by finishing fastest in FP3, Rosberg did put an end to Hamilton’s dominant run after the Briton swept practice on Friday. In reality, the gap between the two drivers looks very, very small – just as it has all season long.
So once again, we are poised for another game of cat and mouse between Hamilton and Rosberg in qualifying. Who will come out on top and claim the final pole position of the season?
You can find out by watching qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.