Valtteri Bottas edges Friday practice ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton fourth fastest behind Red Bull duo
- Valtteri Bottas was quickest for Mercedes during Friday practice in Abu Dhabi
- Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest and over two tenths behind his team-mate
- Just over three tenths of a second covered Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull
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World champion Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
With his fifth title already safely secured, Hamilton, 33, is hoping to sign off with his 11th victory of a remarkable year.
But the Mercedes star finished 0.207 seconds slower than team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final running of the day at the Yas Marina circuit.
Valtteri Bottas was fastest for Mercedes in Friday practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Bottas just edged out Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo (above) in FP2
After running No 1 on his car in FP1, Hamilton returned to using his No 44 in second practice
Hamilton, sporting a gold crash helmet and number one on his car this weekend to celebrate his latest championship success, faced a summons to the stewards after crossing the white line as he entered the pits.
The British driver is likely to be handed only a reprimand.
Bottas is searching for his first victory of an inauspicious campaign. The Finn finished four hundredths ahead of Max Verstappen in the early-evening dark.
Max Verstappen was quickest for Red Bull in first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Verstappen will be looking to continue his fine end of season form in the season finale
Lewis Hamilton, wearing the No 1 on his car, climbs into his Mercedes cockpit
ABU DHABI GP SECOND PRACTICE
1 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:37.236
2 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:37.280
3 Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:37.428
4 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:37.443
5 Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:37.461
6 Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:37.569
7 Hulkenburg (Ger) Renault 1:38.230
8 Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:38.060
9 Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:38.318
10 Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:38.402
11 Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso 1:38.506
12 Sainz Jr (Spa) Renault 1:38.511
13 Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:38.725
14 Perez (Mex) Force India 1:38.806
15 Leclerc (Mon) Sauber 1:38.831
16 Hartley (Nzl) Toro Rosso 1:38.957
17 Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:39.502
18 Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:39.938
19 Stroll (Can) Williams 1:40.046
20 Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:40.935
Daniel Ricciardo, taking part in his 100th and final race for Red Bull before he moves to Renault next season, finished third.
Ferrari, looking to banish memories of their late-season collapse which allowed Hamilton to sew up the title more easily than he might have expected, occupied fifth and sixth places on the time sheets.
Kimi Raikkonen, whose long association with the Italian team will end with Sunday’s race, held a slim advantage over Sebastian Vettel.
Fernando Alonso will be competing in his final Formula One race this weekend
The McLaren driver will retire from the sport after 17 seasons following the season finale
McLaren have opted to run Alonso’s car with the Spaniard’s livery on top of the orange colours
Fernando Alonso will bring down the curtain on the second longest career in Formula One under no illusions that he can add to his 32 victories.
It is more likely that the two-time world champion will be squabbling for the minor points come Sunday, his 312th and final start.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was third quickest for Mercedes in FP1
Max Verstappen drives through the last sector on his way to a quickest time in FP1
Hamilton was only fourth fastest but the session was treated as a test by most of the teams
Here, he finished 13th for McLaren, 1.5 sec off the pace.
In first practice earlier in the day, Verstappen set the pace as Red Bull continue to end the season with a surge of form.
Verstappen, who was unlucky not to win when taken out while leading the Brazilian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, led Ricciardo in a Red Bull one-two.
Robert Kubica propped up the field in his first F1 session since confirming his full-time return
ABU DHABI GP FIRST PRACTICE
1 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1: 38.491
2 Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:38.945
3 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:39.452
4 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:39.543
5 Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:40.102
6 Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:40.235
7 Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:40.417
8 Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:40.453
9 Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:40.588
10 Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:40.663
11 (Fra) Toro Rosso 1:40.671
12 Hulkenburg (Ger) Renault 1:41.023
13 Perez (Mex) Force India 1:41.075
14 Hartley (Nzl) Toro Rosso 1:41.137
15 Stroll (Can) Williams 1:41.493
16 Giovinazzi (Ita) Sauber 1:41.662
17 Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:41.928
18 Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:42.114
19 Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:42.313
20 Kubica (Pol) Williams 1:42.992