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World champion, Lewis Hamilton set a new lap record around Yas Marina circuit to finish ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel in Practice Two at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Brit recorded a flying lap time of 1:37.877 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Vettel, and beat his own previous lap record of 1:38.434 set in 2011.

“It’s close and I think it will be close also tomorrow,” said Vettel following the session.

“We tried both tyres on both cars. We will have a look now and go through.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was in third place, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, while Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen was sixth, 0.9 seconds slower than his team-mate.

“Race pace was alright. On low fuel we looked decent. We were probably better on low fuel than high fuel but we can clean it up” said Ricciardo.

“I’m not worried, generally it was a good afternoon.”

Raikkonen said: “It’s early days and some work to be done but it’s a normal Friday. The car could have been better in some place but in others it felt very good.”

Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa, preparing for his last Formula One race with Williams, was 11th fastest.

The tight battle for sixth place in the constructors’ championship between Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas — with just six points separating the three teams — is another focus for the weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz were ninth and 13th respectively for Renault with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly 15th and the two Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean 16th and 20th.

FP2 was more eventful than P1, with the hard-braking track causing some problems.

Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Romain Grosjean (Haas), and Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) all spun off.


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