Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The reigning world champion was three tenths faster than team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg at a race he need a good result and bad luck for Rosberg to take his fourth title.
The Mercedes duo appear to as expected have the sight over the rest of the field with Red Bull ahead of Ferrari. Mercedes and Red bull are expected to have the edge this weekend as there are elemets of the circuit which plays to their strengths.
Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo look strong as they managed to be within half a second of Hamilton. However, the eyes of the world is on the Mercedes, as there drivers prepare to fight for the title. The two Mercedes and Red Bull’s set there fastest times on the soft tyres, but didn’t do a fast run late on th ultrasoft.
Rosberg did do a run on the ultrasoft earlier on, but his time was bettered by Hamilton’s run on the slower soft tyre. Sebastian Vettel was fifth but Ferrari are expected to struggle because of the street-styled layout of the circuit because they have been out performed on these circuits all season.
Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest, after a good run from the Force India of Sergio Perez. But the Mexican’s best time isn’t that reprehensive as he was running on a different compound of tyre. Carlos Sainz was eighth fastest, but it was a difficult session for team-mate Daniil Kvyat after his Toro Rosso had a problem before he set a lap, forcing him to stop before he set a time.
Also having problems were the Haas’s as both Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez had offs the Frenchman complained about his stability of his car and issues breaking. The McLaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were also struggling with technical issues.
Gutiérrez was fourteenth, ahead of both of the Williams who regularly hide their true pace on Friday’s and the Renaults with Jolyon Palmer seventeenth Kevin Magnussen eighteenth. But for McLaren they were well of there recent form down behind the Renaults and Pascal Wehrlein in between them, Jenson Button was twentieth however he only managed ten laps after what looked like a power issue mid-way through the session.
Any hopes that Jordan King may have had after GP2 Practice of putting in a good session after going seventh for Racing Engineering saw his F1 session end twenty first after losing his car into turn five.