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Rosberg edges Hamilton in Abu Dhabi practice

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Saturday 28th November, 2015 - 1:10am

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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top the times in Friday practice for this weekend’s final round at Abu Dhabi.

After securing back-to-back victories in Mexico and Brazil, Rosberg once again had the edge over Hamilton, recording the day’s fastest time in the second 90 minute session.

The two Mercedes drivers proved to be the pace setters with Hamilton enjoying a spell at the top of the time sheets before Rosberg posted a 1:41.983s on the super soft tyres.

Rosberg was the only driver to clock a time under the 1:42s barrier with his effort 0.138s quicker than Hamilton, who topped opening practice.

Force India’s Sergio Perez emerged as the best of the rest in third despite ending the session prematurely with a brake issue.

Daniel Ricciardo, using an older specification Renault engine, enjoyed a strong run to post the fourth fastest time ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh while Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.

The session provided encouraging results for Alonso with the McLaren driver only 0.9s shy of Rosberg’s benchmark.

However, his team-mate Jenson Button was unable to replicate the pace with the Brit a further second adrift of Alonso in 16th spot.

The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa occupied 11th and 12th followed by the Toro Rosso pair of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

Result Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.983s 39
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.121s +0.138s 31
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:42.610s +0.627s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:42.647s +0.664s 37
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.717s +0.734s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:42.798s +0.815s 34
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:42.849s +0.866s 36
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:42.928s +0.945s 35
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:42.955s +0.972s 31
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:43.431s +1.448s 37
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:43.441s +1.458s 32
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:43.506s +1.523s 33
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:43.662s +1.679s 40
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:43.854s +1.871s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:43.929s +1.946s 27
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:44.050s +2.067s 32
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:44.116s +2.133s 37
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:45.245s +3.262s 28
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:46.450s +4.467s 35
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:47.022s +5.039s 27

Result Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.754s 27
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.895s +0.141s 31
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:44.500s +0.746s 26
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:44.702s +0.948s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.742s +0.988s 22
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:44.751s +0.997s 22
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:44.893s +1.139s 25
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:44.934s +1.180s 27
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:45.314s +1.560s 28
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:45.433s +1.679s 19
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:45.603s +1.849s 22
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:45.718s +1.964s 32
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:45.773s +2.019s 15
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:45.865s +2.111s 20
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:46.115s +2.361s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:46.220s +2.466s 21
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:46.407s +2.653s 28
18 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1:46.501s +2.747s 8
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:48.836s +5.082s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:49.888s +6.134s 20

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