Lewis Hamilton remains ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg as the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend kicks off in the UAE capital
The Brit was a fraction of a second faster than his fellow Mercedes driver in the first practice session on Friday afternoon.
Hamilton set a lap-time of 0.133 seconds faster than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso coming in third. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo came in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Picture courtesy: Yas Marina Circuit
DJ Armin van Buuren, Pharrell Williams and rock legends The Who are lined up to appear at the venue over the coming nights.
It was also announced this week that the Formula 1 race is to stay in Abu Dhabi following a multi-year contract between Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management and Formula 1 World Championship Limited.
The current agreement had been due to expire after the 2016 race.
More than 125,000 local and international spectators are set to attend this year’s sold-out F1 event in Abu Dhabi, according to race organizers.