Thursday, December 1, 2022

Alonso and Sainz will start tenth and fourth at the Abu Dhabi GP

Alonso, in his last appointment at the controls of the Alpine, established the cut in Q1, but could not avoid his elimination in Q2, only 28 thousandths of the tenth place marked by the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren). However, the Australian’s three-position grid ban for his accident with the Dane Kevin Magnussen (Haas) in Brazil will allow him to start tenth.

While drivers like the Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams), the Thai Alex Albon (Williams), the Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and the Danish Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Fernando Alonso managed to pass the cut by only 77 thousandths, although Q2 became his ceiling.

The Asturian, eliminated along with the Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), the German Mick Schumacher (Haas) and the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), was 28 thousandths off the cut set by Daniel Ricciardo to access Q1, with ‘Checo’ Pérez setting the best time ahead of the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz and with Verstappen falling to fourth place.

The Dutch driver Max Verstappen (Red Bull) has signed the last pole of the course.

Starting grid, Abu Dhabi GP 2022

1º M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull 1’23″824 17

2nd S. Perez (B) Red Bull 1’24″052 18

3º C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari 1’24″092 17

4th Carlos Sainz (B) Ferrari 1’24″242 16

5th L. Hamilton (B) Mercedes 1’24″508 21

6th G. Russell (B) Mercedes 1’24″511 20

7th L. Norris (B) McLaren 1’24″769 17

8th E. Ocon (B) Alpine 1’24″830 17

9th S. Vettel (B) Aston Martin 1’24″961 18

10th Fernando Alonso (B) Alpine 1’25″096 12

11th Y. Tsunoda (B) AlphaTauri 1’25″215 15

12th M. Schumacher (B) Haas 1’25″225 15

13th D. Ricciardo (B) McLaren 1’25″045 15

14th L. Stroll (B) Aston Martin 1’25″359 15

15th G. Zhou (B) Alfa Romeo 1’25″408 12

16th K. Magnussen (B) Haas 1’25″834 6

17th P. Gasly (B) AlphaTauri 1’25″859 9

18th V. Bottas (B) Alfa Romeo 1’25″892 6

19th A. Albon (B) Williams 1’26028 9

20th N. Latifi (B) Williams 1’26″054 9

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