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Hamilton heads Rosberg in Abu Dhabi practice as title battle heats up

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Hamilton heads Rosberg in Abu Dhabi practice as title battle heats up

Hamilton heads Rosberg in Abu Dhabi practice as title battle heats up

Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton secured fastest lap-time in both Friday practice sessions of Abu Dhabi grand prix, ahead of title leader and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

In morning practice session at Yas Marina circuit, Hamilton was 0.374 seconds quicker than F1 title rival Nico Rosberg, and 0.428 better than Dutch teen Max Verstappen.

The triple time world champion, 12 points behind the championship favorite going into the final race, lapped the Yas Marina circuit with a quickest time of one minute 42.869 seconds in the early afternoon, when he also had a harmless spin. The Brit then clocked 1:40.861 in the floodlit evening practice.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s session ended early when he suffered a gearbox failure and had to retire, with third place eventually secure.

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied P4 and P5 correspondingly, with the young Dutchman reporting a problem with the alignment of his RB12. Fading to contest his team-mates time, Kimi Raikkonen settled for a P6 result.

Valtteri Bottas took seventh for Williams ahead of the Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, preparing for his 250th and final F1 race, was 10th fastest for Williams while Britain’s 2009 world champion Jenson Button was 12th on the timesheets for McLaren in his final grand prix.

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