ABU DHABI – As the 2014 Formula 1 season prepares to end on Sunday, today sees the final practice session of the year take place ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton made the best possible start to the race weekend by finishing fastest in both free practice one and free practice two on Friday, edging out Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets on both occasions.
After the sun had set for FP2, Hamilton showed a good long-run pace, lapping a couple of tenths quicker than Rosberg on average. Given that the Briton only needs to finish in the top two on Sunday, he is looking good for a second Formula 1 world championship.
FP3 will give Hamilton the chance to claim a clean sweep of practice sessions and press home his advantage ahead of qualifying later today at Yas Marina.
You can watch FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.
With this session taking place before the sun has set, the conditions are not truly representative of what we will see in qualifying later today or the race tomorrow, but the drivers will be still be pushing hard to get everything in check ahead of this evening’s fight for pole position.
The pressure may be on Hamilton as the championship leader, but he is currently at the peak of his powers. The Yas Marina Circuit is one that he likes, and with the Mercedes W05 car suiting him perfectly this weekend, it is difficult to see him finishing outside of the top two under normal circumstances.
That said, Rosberg is not far behind. In FP2 on Friday night, he was less than one-tenth of a second shy of his teammate at the top of the standings, and appears to be waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces if his teammate hits trouble.
For Nico, FP3 will be one last chance to better his teammate and try to even up the scoreboard ahead of qualifying later today.
You can watch FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.