Hamilton says he has his car "in the sweet spot"

Lewis Hamilton says he has his Mercedes "in the sweet spot" for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after securing pole position for the title decider on Saturday.

Hamilton beat championship rival Nico Rosberg to the top spot for fourth event in a row after outpacing the German by over three tenths of a second in Q3.

It was the Briton's 12th pole this year and the 61st of his career.

"It has been a great weekend so far," said Hamilton. "Today, this weekend, I got the car in the sweet spot and faultless mechanics again.

"I knew I had pace throughout rest of the lap. I didn't overcook into Turn 1 that was where there was a little bit of time, otherwise the rest of the lap I had it under control, so maximising those areas."

Hamilton trails Rosberg by 12 points ahead of Sunday's finale, meaning the German needs to finish third to secure the title.

The British driver, the winner of the last three races, insisted he will be proud of his season regardless of the outcome.

"I came here to drive like I have been," he said. "If I performed at my best in these races I can be here knowing I gave everything and can walk away feeling proud.

"I have other things coming away but managed to battle through all of the adversity I faced this year and I am proud of it."

He added: "I am sitting on pole here right now. I feel energetic, I feel confident. Having lost the championship in 2007 – I knew what it felt like. But I have everything to gain tomorrow so I am super excited about it."

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news