Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton tops first F1 practice

World champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first practice for the season-ending Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton tops first F1 practice

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m43.754s, 0.141s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen six tenths further back in third.

There were warm and sunny conditions throughout, with a number of teams using the opening part of the 90-minute session to carry out aero data gathering.

Rosberg led the way after the first half an hour, just over a tenth clear of team-mate Hamilton by the time the teams had to give back the sets of tyres permitted only for the first 30 minutes.

The German was on course to improve that time on his next run, going fastest in the first two sectors, but he ran wide in the final sector and backed off.

With 30 minutes to go, Hamilton usurped his team-mate and remained unchallenged for the remainder of the session.

Daniil Kvyat was fourth quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India team is celebrating its 150th grand prix in its current guise.

Daniel Ricciardo, reverting to the older spec Renault engine in his Red Bull, was seventh ahead of Sergio Perez.

Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.

Valtteri Bottas, who is just one point clear of fellow Finn Raikkonen in the battle for fourth place in the drivers' standings, was 11th ahead of Max Verstappen.

Jenson Button edged McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso by a tenth and a position to take 13th, but he was two second adrift of Hamilton.

Jolyon Palmer, promoted to a Lotus race seat next season, sat out the majority of the session while his team tended to water leak.

The Briton got out in the final few minutes of the session, completing a handful of laps and having a spin as he ended up 18th.

Roberto Merhi, who has swapped places with Alexander Rossi for this weekend, was just over a second adrift of Manor team-mate Will Stevens in 20th and last.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.754s - 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.895s 0.141s 32
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.500s 0.746s 27
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m44.702s 0.948s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.742s 0.988s 23
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m44.751s 0.997s 22
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.893s 1.139s 26
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.934s 1.180s 27
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m45.314s 1.560s 29
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.433s 1.679s 20
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m45.603s 1.849s 22
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.718s 1.964s 32
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m45.773s 2.019s 15
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.865s 2.111s 20
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.115s 2.361s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.220s 2.466s 21
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.407s 2.653s 29
18 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m46.501s 2.747s 9
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m48.836s 5.082s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m49.888s 6.134s 20

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