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Abu Dhabi GP practice as it happened

All of the action from Friday F1 practice at the Yas Marina circuit

By: James Newbold, Jake Boxall-Legge, Tom Howard, Haydn Cobb


  • F1 Abu Dhabi GP FP2 underway
  • Hamilton tops second practice by 0.3s from Ocon
  • Verstappen in fourth for Red Bull 0.6s off Hamilton
  • Raikkonen crashes at the end of the session at Turn 14
  • Bottas bangs the wall at Turn 14, Latifi spins and hits the wall at Turn 13 damaging his rear wing
  • Verstappen fastest in first practice from Bottas and Hamilton
  • Multiple changes to circuit for 2021
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Ocon, Alpine
  3. Bottas, Mercedes
  4. Verstappen, Red Bull
  5. Perez, Red Bull
  6. Alonso, Alpine
  7. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  8. Leclerc, Ferrari
  9. Sainz, Ferrari
  10. Gasly, AlphaTauri
Status: Stopped
Catch up with all the action from FP2 here.
Action will resume of course tomorrow with FP3 set to begin at 10am with Qualifying to follow at 1pm. Make sure you join us tomorrow but until then stay tuned with all the reaction to follow online.
If we are scoring it from Friday's sessions, it's Verstappen 1 Hamilton 1.
Both McLarens ended up outside of the top 10 with Ricciardo P11 and Norris in P13.
Yuki Tsunoda, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly complete the top 10.
Super strong session for Alpine with Ocon in P2 and Alonso in P6.
So Hamilton ends up on top with a 1m23.691s. He is 0.3s faster than Alpine's Esteban Ocon with Valtteri Bottas third. Verstappen was fourth quickest, 0.6s slower than Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton ends the session fastest responding to Max Verstappen, who topped the times in FP1.
Raikkonen climbs out of the Alfa Romeo. He is okay but there is significant damage to the rear of the car.
Just as the chequered flag comes out it is followed by a red flag. Raikkonen has found the wall at Turn 14.
Chequered flag is out for FP2.
Just as Hamilton and Verstappen cannot be split on points heading into this weekend, they have now logged the same amount of laps in this session.
Verstappen is now running on the mediums in the final moments of the session.
There are just five minutes of the session remaining.
Overall, Hamilton has set the fastest sectors in sector 1 and sector 3. Bottas has the best sector 2.
Verstappen is now running in the 1m28s with Hamilton in the 1m29s.
Interestingly Hamilton is conducting his race run on mediums while Verstappen is running softs. Verstappen is faster as you would expect to the tune of 0.4s over the last couple of laps.
Just as we say that, Hamilton emerges from the garage.
Everyone is out on track apart from Hamilton, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen and Latifi.
Both McLarens have fallen out of the top 10. Ricciardo sits P11 while Norris is currently in P13.
Verstappen remains in fourth some 0.641s shy of Hamilton's pace.
Qualifying simulations are over, it's time for some race runs.
Hamilton's time came on the soft tyres and is 0.3s faster than Ocon.
Hamilton returns to the top of the timesheets with a 1m23.691s. The seven-time champion is the first driver to dip into the 1m23s bracket.
Norris is back out on track after a front wing change. Appears there was some slight damage on the component.
The top 10 is completed by Tsunoda, Leclerc, Perez, Sainz and Ricciardo.
Ocon, Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen and Alonso is your top five at the halfway mark.
Ocon to the top now on soft tyres. The Frenchman produces a time 0.049s faster than Bottas. Strong lap, that for the Alpine driver.
Verstappen moves to third now, 0.2s behind pacesetter Bottas.
Alonso finally gets a lap on the board after his run of deleted efforts. He sits in fourth just behind teammate Ocon.
Bottas goes quickest now. He posts a 1m24.083s to edge Hamilton by 0.043s.
Fernando Alonso slots into P2 now with a 1m24.225s, but he is the latest to fall foul of exceeding track limits at Turn 16.
Sainz, Leclerc and Raikkonen have had times deleted for exceeding track limits at Turns 7, 16 and 12 respectively.
Ricciardo fires in a time to move him to P3, albeit 0.8s adrift of Hamilton's pace.
Bottas jumps to P2 with a 1m24.272s.
Only Ricciardo, Bottas and Giovinazzi out on track.
Esteban Ocon's strong form continues, he sits P3 currently despite the headrest issue on his Alpine.
At the front, Hamilton has improved to lower his benchmark to a 1m24.126s. He is 0.9s faster than Verstappen now. Both drivers are running on the mediums.
Replays show Latifi just simply lost the rear of his Williams.
Latifi has found the wall at Turn 13. The Williams driver gets going again but has damage to his rear wing.