Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton strikes back in FP2

Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari Formula 1 rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in second practice for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m37.877s to finish 0.149 seconds clear of Vettel, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo a tenth and a half further back in third.

Hamilton, who was pipped to the quickest time in first practice by Vettel, set the early benchmark with a 1m39.720s, with Ricciardo just 0.040s off in second.

The Briton continued with that run and improved again, with a 1m38.912s, to move him 0.848s clear of Ricciardo as the sun set at Yas Marina.

Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to complete a qualifying simulation, clocking a 1m38.609s to go quickest in his Mercedes.

The Finn was usurped by Vettel before Hamilton became the first and only man to dip into the 1m37s.

With just over 40 minutes to go, attention turned to long-run data gathering, with Bottas and Hamilton focusing on the ultrasofts.

Hamilton then joined Vettel on running the supersofts for the final part of the 90-minute session, which provided conditions that would be similar to those in the race.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, 0.475s off the pace, with Bottas two tenths further back in fifth.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was a second off the pace in seventh and 0.7s slower than teammate Ricciardo.

The Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were separated by just 0.010s, were eighth and ninth respectively.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren's Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.

Felipe Massa, contesting his last grand prix weekend, was the leading Williams in 11th, seven tenths ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.

Romain Grosjean spent most of the session in the garage as his Haas team worked on fixing an electrical problem, and completed just 12 laps.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 39 1'37.877  
2 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 37 1'38.026 0.149
3 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 34 1'38.180 0.303
4 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 35 1'38.352 0.475
5 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 33 1'38.537 0.660
6 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 34 1'38.894 1.017
7 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 33 1'39.323 1.446
8 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 36 1'39.333 1.456
9 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 41 1'39.529 1.652
10 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 28 1'39.559 1.682
11 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 36 1'39.635 1.758
12 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 31 1'39.671 1.794
13 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Renault Renault 38 1'40.201 2.324
14 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 30 1'40.329 2.452
15 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Renault 39 1'40.694 2.817
16 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 31 1'41.128 3.251
17 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 43 1'41.270 3.393
18 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 40 1'41.302 3.425
19 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Renault 39 1'41.496 3.619
20 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 12 1'41.560 3.683
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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Sub-event Saturday practice
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Article type Practice report