The complete Abu Dhabi Grand Prix review

The complete Abu Dhabi Grand Prix review

Lewis Hamilton, or more to the point a puncture, brought Sebastian Vettel's run to an end in Abu Dhabi. Here's the full story of the third grand prix in Yas Marina and how Lewis rediscovered his mojo


Practice one

Themes that stood for the entirety of free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton seemed focused and fast; McLaren was quick; Red Bull was unflustered; Mark Webber was closer to Sebastian Vettel than of late; Pirelli's tyres offered plenty of grip; Rubens Barrichello had technical issues.

In the first 90 minutes it would be Jenson Button who set the target time, but for much of the session it was his McLaren team-mate Hamilton who looked sharp, determined and fast. In the end Button and Webber both beat his time, as several drivers experimented with Pirelli's development soft option tyre – available only on Friday.

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