Hamilton fastest in first Abu Dhabi practice session

Hamilton fastest in first Abu Dhabi practice session

Lewis Hamilton has claimed the fastest time during the first practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In sparkling form, the McLaren driver was 0.333 seconds quicker than team-mate Jenson Button in second place.

Championship favourite Sebastian Vettel, of Red Bull, was third, 0.765secs off the pace.

Title rival Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest as Ferrari tried out a number of new parts.

Mark Webber, or Red Bull, was fifth ahead of Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado.

Schumacher’s team-mate Nico Rosberg was eighth fastest; ahead of Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen.

The race is scheduled for Sunday at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.