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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Rosberg steps it up as the sun goes down

Nico Rosberg heads Mercedes 1-2 in Abu Dhabi
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Nico Rosberg has topped the timesheets on the first day of action for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, the final round of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship.

The German, winner of the last two races in Brazil and Mexico, came into FP2 having been out-paced by Lewis Hamilton it the earlier FP1 session, but turned around the deficit to end the day a tenth up on his Mercedes team-mate.

Hitting the front as the twilight session reached darkness, Rosberg was the only driver to break the 1min 42secs marker with a 1min 41.983secs lap, while both Mercedes' were both more than half a second clear of the opposition.

Despite ending his session in the pit-lane after a braking problems, Sergio Perez was an eye-catching third fastest in the Force India, while Daniel Ricciardo gave Red Bull reason to hope for a strong weekend with the fourth best lap.

By contrast, it was an unusually low key session for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen down in fifth and seventh, split by the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Nico Hulkenberg complemented his Force India team-mate with eighth best, while Fernando Alonso raised eyebrows with the ninth fastest lap of the evening for McLaren-Honda, ahead of tenth place Pastor Maldonado.

Outside the top ten, Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were a modest 11th and 12th best, while Carlos Sainz would be forced to park up his faltering Toro Rosso with 30mins remaining with yet more technical difficulties.

by Ollie Barstow

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November 27, 2015 3:15 PM

Wondering if Nico will be ahead of Lewis for the rest of the last GP w.e. of the 2015 season. But I found an interesting article which might explain a lot of his recent lesser performance ! Sorry but it is German but I suppose that this no problem for the majority of the fans on this forum, if not I will be happy to do the translation in English, so let me know! Das Fieber, das offizieller Grund fuer seine um einen Tag verspaetete Anreise nach Brasilien ist, sei "das Ergebnis von wildem Feiern und nicht viel Erholung fuer eineinhalb Wochen" gewesen, raeumt der 30-Jaehrige ein und ergaenzt: "Ich bin ein bisschen schlapp. Es ging nonstop, und gleichzeitig trainierte ich auch noch, um mich fit zu halten. Da blieb der Schlaf auf der Strecke." (Of course it was all about the partying in Monaco when he had an accident with his very special Pagani Zonda!)

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