Rosberg beats title rival Hamilton to Abu Dhabi pole

Nico Rosberg took first blood on Saturday by securing pole position for the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - the last race of the season and the title decider.

The German beat team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton by almost four-tenths as Hamilton's Q3 laps looked scrappy, but managed to secure second from Williams's Valtteri Bottas and therefore starts in a good position to secure the title as long as he can maintain second.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa was fourth ahead of both Red Bulls, led by Daniel Ricciardo whose margin to Sebastian Vettel was an impressive six-tenths.

Kimi Raikkonen came in behind Daniil Kvyat and Jenson Button to outqualify team-mate Fernando Alonso in tenth.

Meanwhile at the back of the grid, Will Stevens made his qualifying debut and managed to get within half a second of the much experienced Kamui Kobayashi.

Qualifying - 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

#NoDriver Team Q1Q2Q3
01 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.308 1:41.459 1:40.480
02 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.207 1:40.920 1:40.866
03 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.346 1:41.376 1:41.025
04 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:41.475 1:41.144 1:41.119
05 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.204 1:41.692 1:41.267
06 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:42.495 1:42.147 1:41.893
07 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:42.302 1:42.082 1:41.908
08 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:42.137 1:41.875 1:41.964
09 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:42.439 1:42.168 1:42.236
10 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.467 1:41.940 1:42.866
11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:42.104 1:42.198  
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:42.413 1:42.207  
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:42.654 1:42.239  
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:42.444 1:42.384  
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:42.746 1:43.074  
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:42.768    
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:42.819    
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:42.860    
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:44.540    
20 46 Will Stevens Caterham 1:45.095