Lewis Hamilton tops opening practice in Abu Dhabi

Published on 25 Nov 2016 11:34
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Lewis Hamilton paced the opening practice for the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The reigning champion set a lap time of one minute 42.869 seconds, just under four tenths of a second ahead of title rival and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

Max Verstappen was third fastest for Red Bull, one spot ahead of his team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest, ahead of Sergio Perez who split the Ferraris.

Carlos Sainz, Felipe Massa, and Marcus Ericsson completed the top 10, with Force India's Alfonso Celis - subbing for Nico Hulkenberg, just outside in 11th.

Romain Grosjean was 12th fastest for Haas, despite again battling brake issues throughout the session. He was ahead of Felipe Nasr in the second Sauber, and Esteban Gutierrez in the other Haas.

Valtteri Bottas had a quiet session in 15th, while the Renaults of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen were 16th and 17.

The McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button struggled all session, finishing 18th and 20th, with Manor's Pascal Wehrlein splitting them. Button's final first practice session was cut short due to energy recovery problems.

Jordan King and Daniil Kvyat - who was also sidelined early due to a puncture - completed the field.


25 November 2016 - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Free practice 1
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.869 28
2. DE Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.243 +0.374 31
3. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:43.297 +0.428 26
4. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:43.362 +0.493 27
5. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.005 +1.136 27
6. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:44.155 +1.286 23
7. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:44.556 +1.687 27
8. ES Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 1:44.685 +1.816 21
9. BR Felipe Massa Williams 1:45.039 +2.170 27
10. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:45.168 +2.299 20
11. MX Alfonso Celis jr Force India 1:45.476 +2.607 26
12. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:45.600 +2.731 13
13. BR Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:45.778 +2.909 17
14. MX Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 1:45.925 +3.056 20
15. FI Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:45.940 +3.071 31
16. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:46.219 +3.350 33
17. DK Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:46.372 +3.503 21
18. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:46.379 +3.510 21
19. DE Pascal Wehrlein Manor F1 1:46.458 +3.589 29
20. GB Jenson Button McLaren 1:47.127 +4.258 10
21. GB Jordan King Manor F1 1:47.558 +4.689 27
22. RU Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2:01.989 +19.120 4
 
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