Here’s what he had to say after taking pole position yesterday:
It was a very good qualifying session for us. Qualifying hasn’t been the easiest this year, but it’s been something we’ve just been chipping away it. Yesterday was a bit difficult for me, I had to re-centre myself for today. But it’s the best thing when you get to Q3 and you pull out two good laps. A big thank you to the entire team for their continued effort.
Even though we have both titles won, we continue to push and strive to be better and that’s so inspiring to me. It’s been an incredible journey with this car this year, so to finish the year off with a pole is a great feeling. It’s not even half the job done, but this result puts us in the best position possible for tomorrow when we’ve got to battle with the Ferraris and Red Bulls.
Valtteri Bottas finished second, just under two tenths of a second behind his team-mate, but will start from the back after taking a grid penalty. Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull, just over three tenths behind Hamilton with Charles Leclerc a fairly distant fourth.
It seems unlikely that anybody is going to stop Hamilton winning this race but the best chance would be to gain track position at the start. If Hamilton ends the first lap in first position then we may be set for a predictable race. As ever, I’ll be here for the next few hours with all the build-up, live updates and reaction from the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.