FP1: Verstappen edges the Mercedes duo in the opening practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuitae

Max Verstappen topped the opening practice session for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edging the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

After the intense and nail-biting inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Formula One drivers returned to action for a final push, visiting the rebuilt Abu Dhabi circuit. The track, which has hosted the final race of the season in recent years, has been modified for 2021 in the hope that it would promote better and closer racing.

The changes have made the track sifnigicantly faster with times expected to drop by eight seconds. Although Red Bull’s Max Verstappen put in a faultless effort last year to dominate qualifying and the race, the modifications are believed to favour the characteristics of Mercedes W12.

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133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:25.00923
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:25.205+0.196s26
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.355+0.346s25
411Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda1:25.363+0.354s24
522Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda1:25.378+0.369s22
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:25.625+0.616s26
710Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Honda1:25.822+0.813s28
816Charles LeclercFerrari1:25.846+0.837s20
955Carlos SainzFerrari1:25.886+0.877s25
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes1:26.007+0.998s26
1131Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:26.025+1.016s25
124Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:26.123+1.114s26
137Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:26.189+1.180s25
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:26.409+1.400s25
1518Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes1:26.608+1.599s26
163Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:26.676+1.667s29
1789Jack AitkenWilliams Mercedes1:27.481+2.472s27
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:27.487+2.478s26
1947Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:27.698+2.689s23
209Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari1:28.305+3.296s22