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Rosberg sets up championship decider with pole position // Mercedes lead as Grosjean is demoted

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Rosberg sets up championship decider with pole position
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Pole position isn’t everything around Abu Dhabi - the polesitter has only ever won once at Yas Marina - but that didn’t mean the drivers took it easy in qualifying. Lewis Hamilton looked as though the pressure was getting to him a little as he failed to put together a clean lap when it counted. Nico Rosberg took a confident pole position, showing why he’s got that pole trophy, but both drivers know that it’s Sunday when it really matters.

Williams secured the second row of the grid, and were keen to see their rivals for third in the championship, Ferrari, struggling - Kimi Räikkönen completed one flying lap in Q3 and managed ninth, with Fernando Alonso running wide on his final attempt to finish tenth.

Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean was handed a twenty place grid penalty due to a comprehensive power unit change. He only managed to qualify 16th, so the remaining grid drop was converted into a drive through penalty due to their being no races left to roll the penalty forward. He’ll start last or from the pit lane, which means Will Stevens won’t be last on his first F1 race.