Hamilton on pole for Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton rocketed to pole position for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a mighty display from the 2008 World champion.

The McLaren driver was on top form throughout the session and was untouchable as he set a lap over half a second faster than his nearest competitor, Sebastian Vettel.

Mark Webber was third in the sister Red Bull with the new World champion, Jenson Button, back in fifth.

Qualifying saw some big casualties, with Fernando Alonso being eliminated in Q1 and Kimi Raikkonen missing out on the top-ten shootout.

Pos  Driver       Team                 Q1        Q2       Q3
1.   Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     1:39.873  1:39.695 1:40.948
2.   Vettel       Red Bull-Renault     1:40.666  1:39.984 1:41.615
3.   Webber       Red Bull-Renault     1:40.667  1:40.272 1:41.726
4.   Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes       1:40.574  1:40.421 1:41.786
5.   Button       Brawn-Mercedes       1:40.378  1:40.148 1:41.892
6.   Trulli       Toyota               1:40.517  1:40.373 1:41.897
7.   Kubica       BMW-Sauber           1:40.520  1:40.545 1:41.992
8.   Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber           1:40.558  1:40.635 1:42.343
9.   Rosberg      Williams-Toyota      1:40.842  1:40.661 1:42.583
10.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:40.908  1:40.430 1:42.713
11.  Raikkonen    Ferrari              1:41.100  1:40.726
12.  Kobayashi    Toyota               1:41.035  1:40.777
13.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes     1:40.808  1:40.983
14.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota      1:41.096  1:41.148
15.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:41.503  1:41.689
16.  Alonso       Renault              1:41.667
17.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes 1:41.701
18.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes 1:41.863
19.  Grosjean     Renault              1:41.950
20.  Fisichella   Ferrari              1:42.184