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Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position since Germany on Saturday, with Verstappen only third quickest and over 0.3s behind the six-time champion.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished runner-up following a fine move on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who took the chequered flag in third.

He said Ferrari were "a team that I've always appreciated over the years, so to earn respect from someone from there, that's obviously very high up, is not a bad thing".

"I feel so happy with today". Mercedes is quite dominant here.

"I tried to see if we can learn with this handsome vehicle, it is a piece of art".

"I think the most important is to understand who that is, who has contributed, whether they are still motivated and energised, and I think as much as I am visible in the media, Lewis will also be interested to know if the team stays together overall". Still good to start on the front row.

A crashed data server meant the Drag Reduction System (DRS) was not activated until the 19th lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "I can't really tell you what else is going to happen moving forward". There's no point for me to set any any limits for tomorrow.

"There will be some and you know, we've seen insane races this year". We just seemed to lack a bit of grip compared to (Mercedes).

"I love where I am, so it's definitely not a quick decision to do something else, but of course I think it's only smart and wise for me to sit and think of what I want if it is the last period or stage in my career. If you look at it from a rational stand-point everything speaks for the fact of us continuing together but there might be other factors, too, a new challenge an exciting deal that you don't always factor in, but I give this a 25% chance".

"I'm really pushing the vehicle into a different place in these last two races, just to explore, and it's easy to go too far".

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