by TF1T Staff  |    |   0  |  30 November -0001

FP1: Hamilton and Rosberg dominate first practice

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued their private battle for the championship in Abu Dhabi as the pair streaked clear of the competition by well over a second in first practice.

The pair traded fastest laps throughout the session before Hamilton took control in the closing stages, but only by just over a tenth.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth with the second Red Bull of  Daniel Ricciardo fifth. All three were evenly matched and covered by two-tenths.

The Toro Rosso duo of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat filled sixth and seventh whilst Valtteri Bottas was eighth after a shorter session than he'd hoped for.

Both Williams cars were garaged after bodywork came loose, and in Bottas's case, came free from the car to expose much of the engine and sidepod cooling systems.

It was a disappointing session for McLaren with Kevin Magnussen down in P11 and Jenson Button P17 - though the former was analysing updates including a new front-wing for 2015.

Meanwhile Will Stevens was slowest on his F1 debut, posting a lap over 2.5 seconds slower than team-mate Kamui Kobayashi.

FP1 Full Times - 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

#No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.476   32
02 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.609 0.133 31
03 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:45.184 1.708 22
04 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:45.334 1.858 30
05 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:45.361 1.885 23
06 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:45.718 2.242 17
07 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:45.835 2.359 32
08 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:45.913 2.437 8
09 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:45.983 2.507 23
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:46.030 2.554 24
11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:46.049 2.573 23
12 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:46.131 2.655 23
13 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:46.549 3.073 7
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:46.556 3.080 28
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:46.711 3.235 31
16 31 Esteban Ocon Lotus 1:47.066 3.590 29
17 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:47.235 3.759 8
18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:47.971 4.495 24
19 37 Adderly Fong Sauber 1:48.269 4.793 25
20 46 Will Stevens Caterham 1:50.684 7.208 14

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