ABU DHABI – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the pace on Friday in the second free practice for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final Formula 1 race of the season.
Hamilton had to fend off competition from teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to top the timesheet.
The Briton, who clinched his fourth F1 title last month, initially set the fastest lap with a time of 1:38.912, only to see Finland’s Bottas round the Yas Marina track in 1:38.537.
Then, German four-time champion Vettel clocked a time of 1:38.026, but Hamilton responded with track-record lap of 1:37.877.
Vettel had to settle for the second spot, followed by Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull).
The other Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, was fourth on the timesheet, followed by Bottas in fifth.