Friday: McLaren Rule the Roost in Abu Dhabi

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IMAGE [1]: Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the second session on Friday.

 

The first day of practice in Abu Dhabi was a pure McLaren domination. Both drivers were in the top three in both sessions and both drivers topped a session. Jenson Button topped the first free practice over Mark Webber and Hamilton led a McLaren sweep in the second session. The others were further behind which raised the question on whether Red Bull can come back on Saturday.

 

fripic24.jpgFirst and second practice saw both Red Bull and Ferrari drivers spin off the track. Massa spun in practice one as did Alonso. Fernando was lucky not to get beached on a speed bump. Vettel lost control in the second session and came to a halt at a wall. Webber has a brief moment but the spin wasn't too big.

 

IMAGE [2]: Vettel spins off as the sun goes down in Yas Marina.

 

Toro Rosso remained the team to beat in the speed trap with both drivers setting the top two speeds on Friday. Team Lotus struggled on the straights and were the slowest two cars in the speed traps. Sauber was the second best team while Red Bull still couldn't get their speed down the straights.

 

McLaren's dominance raised a question over everyone's head. That question is whether or not Red Bull and Ferrari can regain their speed and comeback on Saturday for qualifying. Will McLaren stay on top? Here's a look at the sweep at the top for the Brits.

 

 

Rank  No Driver Team Fastest Lap 
Gap   
Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.586 31
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.785 0.199 30
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.971 0.385 20
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.980 0.394 34
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.104 0.518 35
6 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.132 0.546 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.553 0.967 34
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.951 1.365 34
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.021 1.435 37
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.490 1.904 34
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.565 1.979 34
12 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.680 2.094 33
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:41.947 2.361 31
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.983 2.397 34
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:42.369 2.783 36
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:42.798 3.212 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:42.910 3.324 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:43.562 3.976 36
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:44.050 4.464 38
20 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:44.265 4.679 41
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:45.486 5.900 34
22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:46.142 6.556 32
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:46.249 6.663 21
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:46.328 6.742 34

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