The complete 2009 Abu Dhabi GP review

The complete 2009 Abu Dhabi GP review

An in-depth look back at a race that saw Sebastian Vettel lead home a Red Bull one-two, including every vital statistic you need to know from Yas Marina


Practice 1 - Friday PM

The new and former world champions went head to head in the opening practice session on the new Yas Marina circuit, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button trading the top spot ahead of erstwhile title contender Sebastian Vettel in the opening session. Hamilton ended up in front by 0.096s, while Button had a very rare spin at Turn 19.

The circuit, which steadily lost its initial coating of dust, received a general thumbs up from the drivers, with some suggesting that it was much more challenging to drive than it appeared from the outside. Most believed, however, that it could have done with a few more challenging corners alongside the quirky features and the astonishing paddock and hospitality architecture.

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