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GP Abu Dhabi Training 1: Lewis Hamilton sets first best time

GP Abu Dhabi 2012 (Training 1)
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T he Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi has opened . Once again it was Lewis Hamilton who set the tone. The Briton has already secured a pole position and a victory at the Yas Marina Circuit in the past and is considered a real specialist in Abu Dhabi alongside Sebastian Vettel. With a lap time of 1: 43.285 he set the standard. Team-mate Jenson Button underlined McLaren's good form in second place, but didn't quite catch up with Hamilton, 0.333 seconds behind.

Ferrari tests innovations

Sebastian Vettel lined up behind the McLaren in third place. However, he was already 0.765 seconds behind Hamilton. At Red Bull, no major updates will be used this weekend, so the usual program for Vettel was on.

Quite the opposite of Ferrari. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were on the mission to compare the new front wing and rear wing with the old version. Massa was on the road with a new rear wing and old front wing, Alonso tested the new front wing and had the old rear wing on the car. This way you can better isolate the progress of the new components. Alonso was fourth, Massa eleventh.

Schumi with slip

Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher follow in fifth and sixth place. The Mercedes driver drew attention to himself once during training with a slide on the track, once with a short-term best time. Seventh place went to Pastor Maldonado in the Williams, who had recorded the same lap time as test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas for a while, but was able to improve again in the end. Nico Rosberg pushed himself in the Mercedes between the two Williams drivers. Tenth place went to Kimi Räikkönen in the Lotus.

Nico Hülkenberg finished training in twelfth place behind Massa. The Force India driver, who will compete for Sauber next season, complained about a nervous tail and therefore certainly still has room for improvement in the afternoon. The same goes for the Sauber pilots. Kamui Kobayashi finished 13th, Sergio Perez only 16th.

The technical arms race is entering a new round, and not just at the top. Caterham also has a new front wing, new underbody, modified exhaust and brake ventilation. However, important training kilometers were lost because Giedo van der Garde's car was just in the pits. One suspectsan engine problem.


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