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Bottas beats Hamilton to Abu Dhabi pole

Valtteri Bottas made it back-to-back pole positions to end the 2017 season after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The first attempts in the final part of qualifying proved crucial as Bottas posted a 1m36.231s to beat Hamilton by 0.172s, thanks largely to a stunning final sector. On the second runs, Bottas was comfortably down and aborted his lap, but Hamilton couldn’t convert the fastest first sector into an overall improvement and had to settle for second place.

Sebastian Vettel will start third after being unable to match the Mercedes pace, ending up over half a se…

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