Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the upper-hand over chief Formula 1 rival Sebastian Vettel during second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday night at Yas Marina, finishing one-tenth of a second clear at the head of the field for Mercedes.

After seeing Vettel lead Ferrari to P1 in the opening session earlier in the day, Hamilton struck back in FP2 by beating Vettel through the qualifying simulations under the lights, with conditions proving to be more representative than the opening daytime session.

Hamilton turned in a fastest lap time of 1:37.877 to beat Vettel by 0.149 seconds in the final timesheets, marking a new track record at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Vettel was left to settle for second for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who despite having his initial flying lap ruined by a slow-moving Romain Grosjean was able to rally and take third overall, three-tenths shy of Hamilton at the top.

Kimi Raikkonen wound up fourth for Ferrari ahead of compatriot Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes, while Max Verstappen was a second off the pace in P6 for Red Bull as he struggled to hook up a quick flying lap.

Force India finished as the leading midfield team with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finishing seventh and eighth respectively, leading from Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso in P9 and P10 for Renault and McLaren.

Renault was able to make up some mileage after stopping in FP1 in order to change the engines on its cars, but the session was less productive for Romain Grosjean, who was sidelined after completing just 12 laps due to an electrical issue.

 

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