Rosberg closes out Abu Dhabi practice fastest

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ABU DHABI – Nico Rosberg has hit back in the final practice session for this weekend’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by beating teammate Lewis Hamilton by three-tenths of a second.

The German driver posted a fastest lap time of 1:41.424 to finish clear of Hamilton, having trailed his Mercedes teammate in both FP1 and FP2 on Friday at Yas Marina.

The final practice session of the year gave the drivers a chance to make sure all of their systems were working properly ahead of qualifying in Abu Dhabi later today, and for Hamilton, it was a chance to press home the issue with Rosberg by claiming a hat-trick of practice sessions.

However, Nico had other ideas. His final lap time in FP3 on the super-soft tire was enough to secure him top spot, with Hamilton losing time on both of his hot laps to eventually finish 0.369 seconds behind his teammate in the final classification.

Once again, the Mercedes drivers were far ahead of the rest of the field, with Felipe Massa a full second down on Rosberg’s time in third place. Fernando Alonso finished fourth despite not setting a time on the faster super-soft tire.

In his final practice session as a Red Bull driver, Sebastian Vettel came home in fifth place ahead of Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top ten.

At the back, Will Stevens improved once again for Caterham ahead of his maiden F1 qualifying session later today, finishing just 0.9 seconds behind teammate Kamui Kobayashi.

The battle for pole position is set to be an intense one, with Rosberg proving in FP3 that he is not willing to go down without a fight in this title tussle.

Be sure to join us for the final qualifying session of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8a ET today.