The world championship title is in the bag for Jenson Button, but Lewis Hamilton has scorched his way to pole position on the Abu Dhabi desert circuit.
Hamilton tore up the track as falling temperature – the air temperature dropped to 29 degrees Celsius and track to 31 – caused problems with tyres for many of the teams.
It is Hamilton’s fourth pole of the season and provides emphatic evidence that he is chasing victory in the final race of the 2009 season at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit.
Hamilton wound up seven-tenths of a second faster than German Sebastian Vettel, who was second ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber.
Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello, in probably his last race for the Brawn GP team with which he won the constructors championship in Brazil two weeks ago, was fourth-fastest.
And in fifth place comes our very own newly-acclaimed champion Briton Jenson Button.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team