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F1 starting grid: Max Verstappen claims pole position at 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Saturday’s race at Yas Marina Circuit.

A general view of the track during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 09, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Q3 results: The starting grid is officially set. Max Verstappen had the fastest lap among the final ten drivers in Q3 and will have the pole position on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. Teammate Sergio Pérez will join him on the front row. The full starting grid is listed below.

Q2 results: The second five drivers eliminated were Fernando Alonso, Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher, Lance Stroll, and Guanyu Zhou. They’ll start at P11-15 on Sunday. Sergio Pérez had the fastest lap and was followed by Charles Leclerc.

Q1 results: The first five drivers eliminated were Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Albon, and Nicholas Latifi. They’ll start at P16-20 on Sunday. Teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez had the fastest laps.

Formula One racing has arrived in Abu Dhabi this weekend for the final race of the 2022 season. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at Yas Marina Circuit, getting underway at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior, qualifying will take place at 9 a.m. and air on ESPNEWS. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. That will leave the remaining ten competing for pole position in Sunday’s race.

Max Verstappen comes into qualifying as the odds-on favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is installed at -120 and is followed by Lewis Hamilton (+280), George Russell (+550), Charles Leclerc (+1000), and Sergio Pérez (+1200). Verstappen is also the favorite to be the fastest qualifier with -135 odds.

Here is the full entry list for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Max Verstappen 1
2 Sergio Pérez 11
3 Charles Leclerc 16
4 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 55
5 Lewis Hamilton 44
6 George Russell 63
7 Lando Norris 4
8 Esteban Ocon 31
9 Sebastian Vettel 5
10 Daniel Ricciardo 3
11 Fernando Alonso 14
12 Yuki Tsunoda 22
13 Mick Schumacher 47
14 Lance Stroll 18
15 Guanyu Zhou 24
16 Kevin Magnussen 20
17 Pierre Gasly 10
18 Valtteri Bottas 77
19 Alexander Albon 23
20 Nicholas Latifi 6