Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Qualifying: Results, Times from Friday’s Practice

By Matt Jones
at Internationaled.org

Published: November 25, 2016

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton made a strong early statement in the Formula One world championship battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg, finishing fastest in both practice sessions on Friday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

After topping the standings in FP1, Hamilton had a slender edge on the ultrasoft compound in the afternoon, too. His time of one minute, 40.861 seconds put him just ahead of Rosberg. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel showed his class with a strong lap, finishing FP2 in third, but his session ended early due to what's believed to be a gearbox problem.

In the morning, Hamilton posted a time of 1:42.869 on soft tyres to come home ahead of Rosberg, who was more than three-tenths slower. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was the best of the rest in third.

The Mercedes pair will fight it out for the world title on Sunday in what's set to be a dramatic finale to the season. Rosberg will clinch the crown if he finishes on the podium, while Hamilton, 12 points behind, must win and hope his rival finishes outside the top three.

Here are the standings from the day's practice sessions and a closer look at the key opening exchanges in what’s set to be one of the most memorable weekends in the sport for many years.

    

FP2 Recap        Here are the final standings from FP2 as Hamilton set the pace in his Mercedes, per the F1 Twitter feed:



As was the case early in the day, Rosberg was the first Mercedes man to set a time and surged to the head of the pack with a mark of 1:40.940.

However, it was a while until Hamilton was seen in action. Indeed, the champion was far from happy with the balance of his car, and for much of the early stages of the session, his Mercedes was in the garage with the front wing off.

“Need to rebalance these wheels,” the Briton told his race engineer, per BBC Sport. “T...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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