McLaren tops F1 practice at Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren has set the pace in the opening practice sessions at the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton topped the times in the two practice sessions, with Hamilton scoring the fastest time of the two sessions combined.

Ferrari was the closest to its long-time rivals. Fernando Alonso scoring the third fastest time ahead of his team-mate Felipe Massa.

Red Bull Racing looked strong in the first session, with Mark Webber second fastest, just over a tenth of a second behind Button. In the second session, though, Webber and world champion Sebastian Vettel were relegated to fifth and sixth respectively.

One more practice session will be held at Abu Dhabi before qualifying.

Practice 1, Abu Dhabi

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.263 21
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.389 0.126 26
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.403 0.140 27
4 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.755 0.492 27
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:40.801 0.538 25
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.260 0.997 17
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:41.340 1.077 23
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:42.130 1.867 26
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:42.151 1.888 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:42.377 2.114 26
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:42.633 2.370 26
12 9 Romain Grosjean Renault 1:42.685 2.422 29
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:43.118 2.855 13
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:43.255 2.992 29
15 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:43.389 3.126 24
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.412 4.149 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.484 4.221 18
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:44.565 4.302 27
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:44.898 4.635 25
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:46.385 6.122 28
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:46.532 6.269 27
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:48.024 7.761 20
23 25 Robert Wickens Virgin-Cosworth 1:48.551 8.288 23
24 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth No time 3

Practice 2, Abut Dhabi

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.586 31
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.785 0.199 30
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.971 0.385 20
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.980 0.394 34
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.104 0.518 35
6 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.132 0.546 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.553 0.967 34
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.951 1.365 34
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.021 1.435 37
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.490 1.904 34
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.565 1.979 34
12 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.680 2.094 33
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:41.947 2.361 31
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.983 2.397 34
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:42.369 2.783 36
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:42.798 3.212 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:42.910 3.324 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:43.562 3.976 36
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:44.050 4.464 38
20 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:44.265 4.679 41
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:45.486 5.900 34
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:46.142 6.556 32
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:46.249 6.663 21
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:46.328 6.742 34

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