Toto Wolff glad Lewis Hamilton will be “angry” after Max Verstappen takes pole

Toto Wolff is pleased that Lewis Hamilton is going to be "angry" ahead of tomorrow's title deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton was unable to notch pole position in qualifying at the Yas Marina, outdone by a superb lap from Max Verstappen who finished 0.371 seconds quicker than the Mercedes man.

The last six races at Abu Dhabi have been won by the driver who took pole, including Verstappen in 2020, with the last driver to break that sequence ironically being Hamilton in 2014.

The pair will head into tomorrow's epic finale level on points in the F1 championship, although despite recent history, it is arguably Hamilton who has the race momentum having overturned a 19-point deficit by winning the last Grand Prix's in Brazil, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

At Interlagos, he was sent to the back of the grid for the Saturday Sprint Race following a DRS infringement in qualifying, with Wolff later saying that the decision of FIA officials "woke up the lion" as the British icon proceeded to produce one of his greatest ever wins, coming from 10th on the grid to take the chequered flag.

And now Wolff, 49, has suggested Hamilton's mood will prove a positive on Sunday as he seeks to finish ahead of Verstappen and seal a record-breaking eighth world crown.

"I think there is nothing you need to say [to Hamilton]. I think he's going to be angry and that's good," Wolff told reporters.

"Motivated for tomorrow to hunt him down. Sometimes you need to see the positive and that's not bad."

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Wolff however, did concede that's Hamilton's hopes could be hurt if he fails to stay on the front row of the grid at the start.

"If he can keep it in P2 obviously that's an advantage. If you lose positions then it becomes more and more difficult.

"I think they have put on the small wing so they will have lots of straight line speed, it's only with tyre offset [that you can overtake]."

The concept of Hamilton, 36, overtaking the Red Bull man has already been the subject of intense scrutiny, with Verstappen set to win the title should both drivers fail to finish.

With the pair having already collided three times on the track this season, speculation has been rife that the 24-year-old will again be aggressive should he need to defend his lead, knowing a collision could subsequently work in his favour.

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