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Abu Dhabi 2011 - Qualifying // McLaren and Red Bull continue to squabble for supremacy

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It may look like Monaco, but it is Abu Dhabi, honestly
It may look like Monaco, but it is Abu Dhabi, honestlyCredit: Virgin Racing

McLaren appeared to have the upper hand in Friday practice, but we know that Sebastian Vettel was never far behind - despite the fact that he crashed into the barriers. Another Friday incident for Vettel, but he's still got it all to prove, apparently. Despite having both championships, Red Bull are determined to keep on pushing.

The session gets underway at 1pm GMT with the BBC providing all the build up an hour beforehand.

Statistics

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Yas Marina Circuit, Saturday

27℃

  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 43%

Clear skies ahead

2010 Session Results
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1S VettelRed Bull1:39.39417
2L HamiltonMcLaren1:39.42519
3F AlonsoFerrari1:39.79221
4J ButtonMcLaren1:39.82323
5M WebberRed Bull1:39.92520

One to Watch

Vitaly Petrov may or may not be under pressure now that we know Renault are starting to think about their future as Lotus. He was in the car in practice, as Grosjean took over Bruno's seat, but he'll be handing over his car at the next race, so time is running out to prove something to the bosses. Things weren't helped yesterday by a failing car underneath him, but Petrov is thinking positive about the work the team still have to do:

Maybe tomorrow the track will be more clean because of the GP2 race and more F1 running, so it will be better for us. We have an idea of what to do tomorrow because we are struggling in second-gear corners.

- Vitaly Petrov

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McLaren appeared to have the upper hand in Friday practice, but we know that Sebastian Vettel was never far behind - despite the fact that he crashed into the barriers. Another Friday incident for Vettel, but he's still got it all to prove, apparently. Despite having both championships, Red Bull are determined to keep on pushing.
Virgin Racing

Event start

13:00GMT +00:00

12 November 2011