Hamilton off to solid start at Abu Dhabi

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuitae

Lewis Hamilton has taken the best possible start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend by topping the first practice. He edged out team mate Nico Rosberg by little more than a tenth while third fastest man, Kimi Raikkonen was more than half a second further down.

Daniil Kvyat was one of only three more men who managed to stay within a second of Hamilton's time, edging out Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg in a Force India.

It was overall an uneventful session, without any major drama for anyone. Only Jolyon Palmer was sidelined for most of the session, until Lotus managed to fix a water leak on his Lotus with just 12 minutes left on the clock. Palmer spun on one of his few laps in the session, but without any harm done to anyone or anything at all.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:43.75428
26Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:43.895+0.141s32
37Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:44.500+0.746s27
426Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:44.702+0.948s23
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1:44.742+0.988s23
627Nico HulkenbergForce India1:44.751+0.997s22
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:44.893+1.139s26
811Sergio PerezForce India1:44.934+1.180s27
913Pastor MaldonadoLotus F11:45.314+1.560s29
1019Felipe MassaWilliams1:45.433+1.679s20
1177Valtteri BottasWilliams1:45.603+1.849s22
1233Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:45.718+1.964s32
1322Jenson ButtonMclaren1:45.773+2.019s15
1414Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:45.865+2.111s20
1512Felipe NasrSauber1:46.115+2.361s20
1655Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:46.220+2.466s21
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:46.407+2.653s29
1830Jolyon PalmerLotus F11:46.501+2.747s9
1928Will StevensMarussia1:48.836+5.082s19
2098Roberto MerhiMarussia1:49.888+6.134s20