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Vettel leads Hamilton and Verstappen – FP1 Report

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel led his season-long rival Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in FP1.

The Ferrari man topped the session with a time of 1:39.006 on the ultrasoft tyres, with Hamilton 0.120s off the German’s pace. Verstappen was a further 0.028s adrift in third.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez sixth ahead of the two McLaren Hondas, with Fernando Alonso leading Stoffel Vandoorne in seventh.

Felipe Massa was ninth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in tenth, with Red Bull continuing to run the Australian’s car conservatively amid reliability worries.

George Russell got his second FP1 outing with Force India, completing the session 11th fastest. Antonio Giovinazzi also got some seat time in the Haas, finishing the session 18th but not before a spin at Turn 17.

Romain Grosjean spun his Haas at Turn 19, going rearwards into the tyre barriers. He ended the session 12th.

Nico Hulkenberg also had a spin in his Renault, losing the back end of his car at Turn 14. He was 17th come the chequered flag, two places behind team mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Brendon Hartley was the slowest runner in the session. He takes a 10-place grid penalty for taking on his ninth MGU-H of the season.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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