Vettel and Hamilton comfortably ahead

By on Friday, November 2, 2012

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton dominated the first day of proceedings at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton topped a first practice session that saw no fewer than five reserve drivers take to the circuit, with Max Chilton making his practice début for Marussia.

As the sun began to set in FP2, Hamilton and Vettel traded quickest lap times, with the reigning champion eventually eclipsing his rival by 0.168s.

Jenson Button was half a second further back in third place, ahead of Mark Webber and the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel's main challenger for the title, Fernando Alonso, could muster only seventh place as his Ferrari team aims to get several new parts to the F2012 working.

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna - the latter sporting a new helmet design - were ninth and eleventh, split by Sergio Perez in the Sauber.

There were a couple of incidents in the session, most prominently spins for Vitaly Petrov and Narain Karthikeyan.

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