Abu Dhabi GP: Practice

F1

ByTheMinF1

Good morning everybody and welcome to the first free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

It's a weekend that of course signals the end of another season and it's the end of another season long battle between Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg.

The session is now underway and the usual installation laps are being carried out with a number of cars, including Sebastien Vettel's Ferrari, are running the Halo Driver Protection Device.

One driver replacement for this session as Esteban Ocon sits out to let Jordan King have a go in his Manor.

Ah, bless him, Jenson Button has brought his Mum and sisters along to his final F1 race weekend.

It's all rather quiet out on track as every driver has been out for a set up and installation lap. Apart from the two Mercedes, who have the track to themselves right now. Rosberg on the purple walled ultrasoft tyres.

First timed lap of the weekend from Rosberg, 1:43.8 as he runs wide in the final turn. What can Hamilton do for his first lap of the weekend. He's also on Untrasofts.

1:44.1 for the Brit. Two tenths slower.

Celis in the Force India has taken the place of Nico Hulkenberg for this session.

Daniil Kvyat has a puncture in his Toro Rosso at Turn 3.