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Hamilton edges Vettel in 2nd Abu Dhabi GP practice
Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 40.888 seconds Friday on the Yas Marina circuit for McLaren, just 0.2 seconds faster than the German Red Bull driver.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Formula One title contender Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice session Friday at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, more than a second quicker than his two main championship rivals.
The German clocked 1 minute, 42.760 seconds around the 3.5-mile Yas Marina circuit in his Red Bull car. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was second, while defending champion Jenson Button was third and Webber fourth.
Alonso was sixth fastest in his Ferrari.
Vettel was 1.08 seconds quicker than Webber and 1.361 ahead of Alonso, who leads Webber by eight points and Vettel by 15. Alonso is bidding for his third title in his first season with Ferrari, while Webber and Vettel are chasing their first F1 titles.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, only has an outside chance of winning the title because he is 24 points behind Alonso. He was 0.609 slower than Vettel, who also had the fastest opening practice run at last week’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Morning rain had stopped by the time practice started in the early afternoon, but it meant racers were initially cautious on the track and there was little risk-taking.
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