Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Aidan Reynolds@@aidanreynoldsContributor IIINovember 2, 2013

Mark Webber beat teammate Sebastian Vettel to pole position in Abu Dhabi.
Mark Webber beat teammate Sebastian Vettel to pole position in Abu Dhabi.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel could only manage second place on the grid for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which allowed his teammate Mark Webber to claim the 13th pole of his career.

Despite this disadvantage, it's difficult to back anyone other than Vettel in a race that produced one of the best drives of his career last year. Twice relegated to the back of the field, the German sliced up the field to finish in third place and protect his Championship lead on the Yas Marina circuit.

He has already won this year's title, of course, but those expecting him to literally take his foot off the accelerator will likely be very disappointed.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Start Time and TV Schedule
DateTime (GMT)EventTV Schedule
Sunday, November 312:00Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - LiveSky Sports F1/NBC Sports Network
Sunday, November 315:15Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Paddock LiveSky Sports F1
Sunday, November 319:00Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - HighlightsSky Sports F1
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Results
1M WebberAustraliaRed Bull
2S VettelGermanyRed Bull
3N RosbergGermanyMercedes
4L HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes
5K RaikkonenFinlandLotus
6N HulkenbergGermanySauber
7R GrosjeanFranceLotus
8F MassaBrazilFerrari
9S PerezMexicoMcLaren
10D RicciardoAustraliaToro Rosso
11F AlonsoSpainFerrari
12P Di RestaGreat BritainForce India
13J ButtonGreat BritainMcLaren
14J VergneFranceToro Rosso
15P MaldonadoVenezuelaWilliams
16V BottasFinlandWilliams
17E GutierrezMexicoSauber
18A SutilGermanyForce India
19G van der GardeNetherlandsCaterham
20J BianchiFranceMarussia
21C PicFranceCaterham
22M ChiltonGreat BritainMarussia

Both the Red Bull drivers took their time emerging from the paddock, leaving it until midway through the session before starting their runs on the softest tyres.

As we have seen so often from this team, their cars immediately went fastest overall, with Webber beating Vettel by one tenth of a second. However, it was Lewis Hamilton who ended Q1 on top of the pile, with Vettel and Webber dropping down to 10th and 11th place.

By the end of Q2, Hamilton remained on top, but the two Red Bull drivers had jumped up to second and third. Vettel had just got the better of Webber on this occasion.

This wasn't to last, however, as Q3 brought out the best in Webber and saw him post a lap of 1:39.957 to hold off a late challenge from his teammate. 

Hamilton, meanwhile, nixed his own hopes of pole position by spinning out on his final run, dropping down to fourth in the process.

Nico Rosberg took third place for Mercedes and spoke to BBC Sport:

In general, I'm pleased with the result. Best of the rest is the target for this weekend. It's good to annoy Red Bull a bit in qualifying but they were quick again.

Our target is to get second in the constructors' championship and our main competitors Ferrari are well back which is great for us.

It's the first time that a driver other than Vettel or Hamilton has started on pole at Abu Dhabi, and Webber will look to make the most of it before he retires at the end of the season.

Webber's last victory came in the British Grand Prix in 2012, so he would no doubt love to stand on top of the podium once more before departing the sport.

The four years of the race have seen it won by Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel, with the German emerging victorious in 2009 and 2010.

Spectators will be hoping for a spectacle similar to last year's race, which saw numerous collisions, ambitious overtaking and two safety car appearances before the contest was finally decided.

The introduction of two DRS zones in 2011 has brought the excitement of the Yas Marina to the fore. Previous years have incurred criticism about a lack of overtaking opportunities, but last year's race really put an end to that.

The event will be spectacular, as always. The race has not always matched up.

With Vettel off pole, Hamilton having to battle back from fourth and Raikkonen in fifth, all previous winners face some overtaking if they are to keep others from the top spot.

The smart money says that it's again Vettel's race to lose, but it would be great to see Webber claim another victory before his retirement.


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