Mercedes have followed up their 1-2 finish in Brazil by topping the times in first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time of the first practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, keeping Mercedes at the top of the results following their first win of the season last time out in Brazil.
Hamilton clocked a 1:26.633 with 20 minutes remaining in the session, pipping his Mercedes team-mate George Russell by almost a quarter of a second.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third, ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Liam Lawson, the Kiwi taking Max Verstappen’s car for the session as Red Bull fulfil their junior driver obligations this weekend.
There were plenty of new and unusual names taking part in the session, with Lando Norris handing over his McLaren to Pato O’Ward, while Felipe Drugovich drove Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.
Robert Shwartzman drove Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari en route to seventh place, while Logan Sargeant was in at Williams in place of Nicholas Latifi.
Mick Schumacher, in his last weekend as an F1 driver at least for now, sat out FP1 as Pietro Fittipaldi took his car, while Fernando Alonso was another spectator as Jack Doohan drove his Alpine.
At Alfa Romeo, Robert Kubica was at the wheel of Zhou Guanyu’s car, finishing his session in 13th spot.
Read our full report from the first practice session at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
FP1 results: 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix First Practice (FP1)
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.333
George Russell Mercedes +0.220
Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.255
Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.334
Liam Lawson Red Bull +0.568
Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +0.635
Robert Shwartzman Ferrari +0.993
Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.022
Alex Albon Williams +1.207
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.212
Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.258
Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.358
Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo +1.431
Logan Sargeant Williams +1.465
Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.509
Pietro Fittipaldi Haas +1.571
Pato O’Ward McLaren +1.717
Jack Doohan Alpine +1.851
Felipe Drugovich Aston Martin +2.262
Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +2.402
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