MERCEDES DRIVER, HAMILTON TOPS IN FP1

For the first practice of the session in preparations of the Grand Prix on Sunday at Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver came out tops, thus laying down a marker.


NicoRosberg, also fellow Mercedes team mate and rival for the championship title came in nextwith just four tenths behind Hamilton, thus giving both drivers early moments in preparation for the title decider on Sunday.

To take the top spot, Hamilton set a time record of 1:42.869 and a car that seems to be better suited for the race conditions so far.

Max Verstappen and fellow Red Bull team mate, Daniel Ricciardo came in next, setting almost identical times, with Verstappen piping Ricciardo by about seven hundredths of a second.

Seventh tenths further back in the fourth was the Scuderia Ferrari driven by Sebastian Vettel who so far, has won three times at the Yas Marina Circuit. The German looked quite strong and was just one tenth ahead of Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team driver who has hopes of replicating the qualifying results of last year here in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Coming in at seventh position was KimiRaikkonen who was driving the second Ferrari and despite having put up some strong performances of late in this session, was half a second down on his team mate.

Carlos SainzJr, Scuderia Toro Rosso driver came in next, three tenths cleat of Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing driver, who was participating in what clearly was his final ever FP1 session.

Completing the top ten was Marcus Ericsson, Sauber F1 team driver in what was an impressive session for the Swiss squad and the Swede as well, after having scored their first points of the season last time with Felipe Nasr.