Rosberg stays ahead as competition closes in

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuitae

A trying session for many ended up with Nico Rosberg still heading the timesheet, beating Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Not like the other two didn't try to beat Rosberg though as both men were seen spinning during the session.

It was particularly Lewis Hamilton who continued to struggle with his car, repeatedly making a mistake in the final chicane of the first sector. He frequently carried too much speed into the corner, either spinning or going very wide through the exit of it.

The competition was fierce, with times very close in a session where every driver appeared to need a proper trial for qualifying. This resulted in a very busy final 10 minutes, with various drivers complaining of traffic.

Daniil Kvyat was the only man being sidelined during this session, as he experienced a wastegate issue on his first outings that required fixing. The team later reported the troubled item would be changed and Daniil's car would be ready for qualifying.


16Nico RosbergMercedes1:41.856-20
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:42.137+0.281s20
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:42.185+0.329s20
411Sergio PerezForce India1:42.448+0.592s18
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:42.627+0.771s18
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:42.726+0.870s15
727Nico HulkenbergForce India1:42.859+1.003s18
819Felipe MassaWilliams1:43.173+1.317s24
977Valtteri BottasWilliams1:43.239+1.383s19
1055Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:43.429+1.573s22
1122Jenson ButtonMclaren1:43.508+1.652s15
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:43.680+1.824s18
1312Felipe NasrSauber1:43.718+1.862s24
1433Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:43.826+1.970s19
158Romain GrosjeanLotus1:43.928+2.072s21
1614Fernando AlonsoMclaren1:44.014+2.158s13
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:44.325+2.469s21
1828Will StevensMarussia1:47.283+5.427s16
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia1:47.520+5.664s17
2026Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing--2