Hamilton leads both practice sessions in Abu Dhabi

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Lewis Hamilton led both Free Practice sessions on Friday in advance of the final Formula 1 race of the season that will determine the World Champion. 

A resurgent Ferrari in the hands of Sebastian Vettel and a quick Max Verstappen were still .269 and .528s off the pace of the two Mercedes and that bodes well for Nico Rosberg’s title chances as he only needs to finish on the podium to secure his first world championship. 

Sometimes in F1, that can be much easier to say than to do with mechanical issues and possible attrition into the first corner but so far, both Mercedes drivers are doing exactly hat they ned to do to give them the best chance of winning the title. 

Free Practice #2

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40.861s 36
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.940s 0.079s 38
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m41.130s 0.269s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m41.389s 0.528s 24
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m41.390s 0.529s 33
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.464s 0.603s 34
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m41.959s 1.098s 35
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.041s 1.180s 35
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.264s 1.403s 36
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m42.268s 1.407s 36
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.366s 1.505s 33
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m42.823s 1.962s 24
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m43.012s 2.151s 35
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m43.108s 2.247s 17
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m43.272s 2.411s 33
16 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m43.600s 2.739s 35
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m43.754s 2.893s 33
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m43.903s 3.042s 36
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.045s 3.184s 34
20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m44.117s 3.256s 25
21 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m44.478s 3.617s 5
22 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m45.948s 5.087s 4

 

Free Practice #1

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.869s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.243s 0.374s 31
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.297s 0.428s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.362s 0.493s 27
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.005s 1.136s 27
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.155s 1.286s 23
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.556s 1.687s 27
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m44.685s 1.816s 21
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.039s 2.170s 27
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.168s 2.299s 20
11 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m45.476s 2.607s 26
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m45.600s 2.731s 13
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.778s 2.909s 17
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m45.925s 3.056s 20
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m45.940s 3.071s 31
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m46.219s 3.350s 33
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m46.372s 3.503s 21
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m46.379s 3.510s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m46.458s 3.589s 29
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m47.127s 4.258s 10
21 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m47.558s 4.689s 27
22 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2m01.989s 19.120s 4

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