F1 Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes on the opening day of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice at Yas Marina on Friday, ahead of the final round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship.

His title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull was quickest in FP1 but Hamilton set the fastest time of the day in FP2 at 1m23.691s.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix FP1 results: Verstappen fastest from Bottas

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 23 1'25.009 235.203
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 27 1'25.205 0.196 0.196 234.662
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 25 1'25.355 0.346 0.150 234.249
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 24 1'25.363 0.354 0.008 234.227
5 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 23 1'25.378 0.369 0.015 234.186
6 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 26 1'25.625 0.616 0.247 233.511
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 28 1'25.822 0.813 0.197 232.975
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 20 1'25.846 0.837 0.024 232.910
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 26 1'25.886 0.877 0.040 232.801
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 26 1'26.007 0.998 0.121 232.474
11 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 25 1'26.025 1.016 0.018 232.425
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 26 1'26.123 1.114 0.098 232.160
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 25 1'26.189 1.180 0.066 231.983
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 25 1'26.409 1.400 0.220 231.392
15 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 26 1'26.608 1.599 0.199 230.860
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 29 1'26.676 1.667 0.068 230.679
17 United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Williams 27 1'27.481 2.472 0.805 228.557
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 27 1'27.487 2.478 0.006 228.541
19 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 24 1'27.698 2.689 0.211 227.991
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 22 1'28.305 3.296 0.607 226.424

What happened in Free Practice 1?

First practice took place in daytime, meaning it was not fully representative of either qualifying or the race, both of which will occur in cooler conditions of the early evening.

Verstappen set the early pace on soft tyres at 1m26.463s before Hamilton topped it by a tenth and a half with 1m23.290s.

Verstappen stayed out and dipped under the 1m26s barrier with a 1m25.602s, while Hamilton got to within 0.218s in P2. Verstappen then went even faster, producing 1m25.300s after 20 minutes of the session, with Hamilton working down to within a quarter of a second.

Hamilton ran again on new softs, improving to 1m25.355s – 0.055s off Verstappen at that point – but Max unleashed 1m25.009s on his second run, which remained the quickest time of the session.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) improved to 1m25.205s to take second from Hamilton, who was 0.346s off Verstappen – but Lewis did set the fastest first and third sectors overall with a lap that was deleted for exceeding track limits.

Sergio Perez was just behind Hamilton in fourth, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri).

Read Also:

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix FP2 results: Hamilton fastest from Ocon

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 26 1'23.691 238.907
2 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 29 1'24.034 0.343 0.343 237.932
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 29 1'24.083 0.392 0.049 237.793
4 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 25 1'24.332 0.641 0.249 237.091
5 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 26 1'24.400 0.709 0.068 236.900
6 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 27 1'24.495 0.804 0.095 236.634
7 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 26 1'24.532 0.841 0.037 236.530
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 29 1'24.557 0.866 0.025 236.460
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 29 1'24.844 1.153 0.287 235.660
10 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 27 1'24.940 1.249 0.096 235.394
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 26 1'24.959 1.268 0.019 235.341
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 27 1'25.108 1.417 0.149 234.929
13 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 27 1'25.153 1.462 0.045 234.805
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 27 1'25.195 1.504 0.042 234.689
15 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 26 1'25.385 1.694 0.190 234.167
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 23 1'25.440 1.749 0.055 234.016
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 29 1'25.549 1.858 0.109 233.718
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 22 1'25.687 1.996 0.138 233.342
19 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 27 1'25.784 2.093 0.097 233.078
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 26 1'26.336 2.645 0.552 231.588

What happened in Free Practice 2?

As the sun began to set at the start of FP2, Hamilton set the early medium-tyred pace at 1m25.127s. Verstappen almost matched his time, but had it deleted for track limits. Max ran again and was 0.122s off Hamilton’s pace, until Lewis reset the bar at 1m24.126s – putting him almost a second clear.

Bottas hit the Turn 14 wall with his right-rear wheel, while Nicholas Latifi damaged the rear wing of his Williams during a spin at Turn 13. Following his wall clip, and a stop to check for damage, Bottas ran again – this time on soft tyres – and set a new P1 time of 1m24.083s.

Surprisingly, neither Hamilton (1m24.104s) nor Verstappen (1m24.332s) beat that on their first soft-tyred laps. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon then delivered an impressive 1m24.034s to top the session by 0.049s.

After multiple cool-down laps, Hamilton unleashed a lap of 1m23.691s – 0.641s clear of title rival Verstappen, who ended the session down in fourth behind Ocon and Bottas.

Perez was fifth quickest, ahead of Alonso and Tsunoda.

Just as the chequered flag flew, Kimi Raikkonen shunted at Turn 14, damaging three corners of his Alfa Romeo in his final F1 weekend.

Read Also:
shares
comments

Related video

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton fastest from Ocon in second practice
Previous article

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton fastest from Ocon in second practice

Next article

Hamilton, Verstappen back "enjoyable" Abu Dhabi F1 track changes

Hamilton, Verstappen back "enjoyable" Abu Dhabi F1 track changes
Load comments
Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems Prime

Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Prime

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022