Sebastian Vettel moves to the top in final practice

Published on 26 Nov 2016 12:09
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Sebastian Vettel proved that his gearbox failure yesterday would prove to be no hindrance over the rest of the weekend by topping final practice.

Vettel's time of one minute 40.775 was 0.137 of a second faster than Max Verstappen, while Kimi Raikkonen was third as both Mercedes finished the session outside of the top three.

Lewis Hamilton continued to have an edge over team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, finishing the session one spot ahead of him in fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, ahead of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg - who didn't appear on track until the second half of the session.

Valtteri Bottas was ninth fastest, with Esteban Gutierrez completing the top 10.

After struggling with setup throughout Friday, Fernando Alonso was reportedly a lot more comfortable with his McLaren, he was 11th, ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Felipe Massa was 14th fastest, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, and Pascal Wehrlein.

Carlos Sainz, Felipe Nasr, Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat, and Marcus Ericsson completed the field.


26 November 2016 - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Free practice 3
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.775 16
2. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:40.912 +0.137 21
3. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:40.999 +0.224 14
4. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.065 +0.290 15
5. DE Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.168 +0.393 19
6. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:41.831 +1.056 20
7. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:41.885 +1.110 19
8. DE Nico Hülkenberg Force India 1:42.067 +1.292 13
9. FI Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.076 +1.301 19
10. MX Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 1:42.354 +1.579 16
11. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:42.585 +1.810 14
12. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:42.616 +1.841 18
13. GB Jenson Button McLaren 1:42.664 +1.889 15
14. BR Felipe Massa Williams 1:42.683 +1.908 20
15. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:42.805 +2.030 17
16. DK Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:43.057 +2.282 17
17. DE Pascal Wehrlein Manor F1 1:43.145 +2.370 17
18. ES Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 1:43.301 +2.526 10
19. BR Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:43.417 +2.642 22
20. FR Esteban Ocon Manor F1 1:43.733 +2.958 15
21. RU Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:44.105 +3.330 13
22. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:44.238 +3.463 20
 
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