Hamilton tops Friday practice at Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton headed Sebastian Vettel to end Friday’s practice on top ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver managed a best of 1:37.877s, pipping the Ferrari of Vettel by 0.149s with Daniel Ricciardo third fastest.

Hamilton, who was second fastest in first practice, set the early benchmark with a 1:39.720s, with Ricciardo just 0.040s off in second.

The Briton continued with that run and improved again, with a 1m38.912s, to move 0.848s clear of Ricciardo as the sun set at Yas Marina.

Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to complete a qualifying simulation, clocking a 1:38.609s to go quickest in his Mercedes.

The Finn was usurped by Vettel before Hamilton became the first and only man to dip into the 1:37s.

With just over 40 minutes to go, attention turned to long-run data gathering, with Bottas and Hamilton focusing on the ultra-softs.

Hamilton then joined Vettel on running the super-softs for the final part of the 90-minute session, which provided conditions that would be similar to those in the race.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, 0.475s off the pace, with Bottas two tenths further back in fifth.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was a second off the pace in seventh and 0.7s slower than team-mate Ricciardo.

Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were separated by just 0.010s, were seventh and eighth respectively.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.

Felipe Massa, contesting his last grand prix weekend, was the leading Williams in 11th, seven tenths ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll.

Romain Grosjean spent most of the session in the garage as his Haas team worked on fixing an electrical problem, and completed just 12 laps.

Results: Formula 1 World Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice 2

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.877s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.026s 0.149s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.180s 0.303s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.352s 0.475s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m38.537s 0.660s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.894s 1.017s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.323s 1.446s
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m39.333s 1.456s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.529s 1.652s
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.559s 1.682s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.635s 1.758s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m39.671s 1.794s
13 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m40.201s 2.324s
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m40.329s 2.452s
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.694s 2.817s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m41.128s 3.251s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.270s 3.393s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.302s 3.425s
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.496s 3.619s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m41.560s 3.683s

 

Results: Formula 1 World Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice 1

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.877s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.026s 0.149s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.180s 0.303s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.352s 0.475s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m38.537s 0.660s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.894s 1.017s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.323s 1.446s
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m39.333s 1.456s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.529s 1.652s
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.559s 1.682s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.635s 1.758s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m39.671s 1.794s
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m40.201s 2.324s
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m40.329s 2.452s
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.694s 2.817s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m41.128s 3.251s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.270s 3.393s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.302s 3.425s
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.496s 3.619s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m41.560s 3.683s

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