Hamilton edges out Rosberg to top second Abu Dhabi GP practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued his impressive start to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend by topping second practice for Mercedes on Friday evening as Yas Marina.

Hamilton enters the final race of the season trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 12 points at the top of the drivers’ championship.

Rosberg requires a top-three finish to clinch a maiden title, with Hamilton needing a drastic change in fortunes if he is to take a fourth crown.

After dominating first practice in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton continued to impress when the sun went down at Yas Marina by once again setting the fastest time in FP2.

A lap of 1:40.861 saw Hamilton finished 0.079 seconds clear of Rosberg at the top as Mercedes once again surged to a one-two finish.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished a further two-tenths of a second behind, but saw his session come to an early end after an issue forced him to stop beneath the Yas Viceroy hotel in the final sector.

Max Verstappen ended FP2 fourth for Red Bull ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, while Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari.

Williams and Force India’s season-long battle continued in FP2 as Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez finished seventh and eighth, with teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa rounding out the top 10.