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Stats: Formula 1's pole jinxes

The polesitter has hit trouble in three of Abu Dhabi's four grands prix. Stats guru MICHELE MERLINO highlights the other F1 venues and drivers that have attracted pole jinxes

In three of Abu Dhabi's four grands prix, the polesitter has hit mechanical problems and failed to finish - so habitual pole-grabber and new world champion Sebastian Vettel can't be too confident if he dominates qualifying again on Saturday.

Two years ago Vettel himself was the unlucky poleman. Just like now he was already world champion, but his Red Bull picked up a puncture at the first corner at Yas Marina and was left too damaged to continue after spinning off the road.

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