Hamilton takes pole ahead of rival Rosberg for Abu Dhabi GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives for the third free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying to clinch pole position Saturday for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and keep the pressure on title rival Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third behind Rosberg, and starts on the second row with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

With temperatures cooling and the sun setting on the Yas Marina circuit, Hamilton dominated all three qualifying sections and edged out Rosberg by .303 seconds to take pole.

Hamilton also beat his Mercedes teammate in all three practice runs this weekend, although Rosberg entered the race with the odds stacked in his favor and not needing to push for pole.

Rosberg, who took pole here the two previous years, guarantees his first title by finishing third, even if Hamilton wins the race.