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Sebastian Vettel on pole for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

German world champion equals Nigel Mansell's record for most poles in a season

Sebastian Vettel on pole for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates. (Getty Images)

F1 champion Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Saturday, equalling Nigel Mansell's 1992 record of 14 in a single season.

The German, who has already clinched his second title, saved his best for last after McLaren's Lewis Hamilton had been fastest in the first two phases of qualifying.

Hamilton will start the season's penultimate race alongside on the front row with team mate Jenson Button third and Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber fourth.

The pole was the 29th of Vettel's career and 17th in 18 races this year for Red Bull.

"I think it's going to be a long, fun race," said Vettel, who has won both of the two races held to date at the Yas Marina circuit, where last year he won from pole to become Formula One's youngest champion.

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