Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil joined the 'usual suspects' in being eliminated in Q1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Gutierrez, who had been an encouraging eighth in final practice in his Sauber, missed the cut by just 0.115 seconds, with Daniel Ricciardo narrowly ahead in his Toro Rosso. Adrian Sutil also went out and was 0.052 seconds slower in his Force India. The German had struggled in FP3 earlier on.

Giedo van der Garde meanwhile led the 'third division' men for Caterham, with Jules Bianchi next up in his Marussia in 20th - although he will drop back due to a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after his crash in FP3. Charles Pic and Max Chilton brought up the rear, the latter slowest on a 1m 44.198s.

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At the front, Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes, posting the quickest lap right at the end as the track improved. Felipe Massa was second followed by Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg in positions 3 through to 6.

Romain Grosjean was seventh, while Mark Webber, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta completed the top ten. Sebastian Vettel was 11th.

More to follow after Q2...