2015 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

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We will be back for FP2 at 17:00 local time!
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Raikkonen is three quarters of a second back in third
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Hamilton finishes on top, just ahead of Rosberg
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The chequered flag comes out to signal the end of the session
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All bar Alonso and Sainz Jr. are cramming in some final laps
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Most drivers are back in the 1m48s in these closing minutes
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Alonso now reports that his McLaren-Honda has "lost power"
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"The car is not feeling good," Hamilton comments
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Here's a look at what we mentioned a few moments ago...
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"All OK," he reports over the radio
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Palmer goes for a spin exiting Turn 18
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That explanation is indicative of a slow puncture
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Rosberg is told to pit due to "low left-rear pressure"
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This is his final Grand Prix outing before stepping up to a race seat
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Palmer finally makes it out on track in the Lotus
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His helmet is resting neatly on the top of his head...
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Vettel is making some notes at the back of the Ferrari garage
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Palmer could still make it out on track in FP1:
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But Rosberg isn't happy, as the instruction comes during a corner
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Rosberg is told to change a setting on his steering wheel
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No improvements being made, as the tyres pass their best
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Only five cars on track, as we enter the final 20 minutes
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Grosjean will be hoping that everything can be fixed in time for FP2
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Still no sign of Palmer, as mechanics continue their work
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Grosjean is watching the session with the Lotus engineers:
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Both men are two seconds adrift of the Mercedes pair
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He's currently 11th, just ahead of team-mate Alonso
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Button reports that he is struggling with front locking
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Replays show Hamilton missing his entry to the first chicane
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That looks like a standard back-to-back comparison
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Maldonado pits, swapping to a different front wing
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Vettel improves his lap time, but stays eighth for the moment
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Hamilton goes quickest, a tenth of a second up on Rosberg
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"The power loss you had was a brief MGU-K issue," Raikkonen is told
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Meanwhile, Vettel goes eighth with his first time of the day
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Kvyat goes fourth, just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo
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Raikkonen cut across Alonso, who was slowing to let him through
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Replays show Alonso and Raikkonen getting very close at the chicane
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He had just improved his lap time by a couple of tenths
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"I don't know if I'm losing some power..." Raikkonen comments
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Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Kvyat move up to fourth and sixth
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Rosberg has another moment at the exit of the third chicane
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That will leave the Spaniard with a nasty flat-spot
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Sainz Jr. suffers a massive lock-up under braking for Turn 11
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He spent the first part of the session circulating very slowly
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Ferrari confirms that Vettel is without a time due to aero testing
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Plenty of dust kicked up as he rejoins the track
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Replays show Rosberg running wide at the first corner
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Alonso climbs to eighth, ahead of Toro Rosso rookie Verstappen
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Expect some more improvements to be made on this second set
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Rosberg and Raikkonen now join Alonso on the circuit
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On track, Alonso still has the track to himself at the moment
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A full story is now available to read on the main page of the website
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That ends months of speculation over the team's Formula 1 future
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As FP1 continues, Red Bull confirms that it has an engine deal for 2016
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Still no sign of Palmer, as Lotus continues to work on his car
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Alonso, yet to post a time, breaks the silence in his McLaren-Honda
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Fizzy rose water will be sprayed on the podium on Sunday night
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Williams confirms why its livery has been changed this weekend, as in 2014
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The extra sets of Soft tyres will now be handed back to Pirelli
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All drivers are back in the pits as we hit the half-hour mark
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He's still without a lap time after a few leisurely out-in laps
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Replays show Vettel lighting up the rear tyres as he exits his pit bay
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Raikkonen now climbs to third, ahead of the Force Indias
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Replays show Button clattering the kerbs at the Turn 11/12/13 section
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Maldonado pops up to sixth, just behind Raikkonen
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Hamilton edges ahead of Rosberg with a 1:43.996
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This afternoon, the red-marked Super Soft rubber will appear
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We'll only see the Soft compound tyre in this morning's session
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Hulkenberg and Perez are up to third and fourth for Force India
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Stevens also has a moment, running wide at the first corner
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That comes at the end of the second long DRS straight
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Replays show Vettel running straight on at Turn 11
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Another improvement from Rosberg, who posts a 1:44.102
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Hamilton now slots into second position, behind Rosberg
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Verstappen, Ericsson and Hamilton also clock times
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Rosberg lowers the early FP1 benchmark to 1:44.626
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Meanwhile, the Force India team is celebrating its 150th Grand Prix
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Romain Grosjean is contesting his final race for Lotus, before joining Haas
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We have a couple of big occasions in the Formula 1 field this weekend
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Rosberg gets the first time of the session on the board: 1:55.130
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Hamilton and Rosberg are in and out of the pits at the moment:
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"It's the low position," comes the response from his engineer
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"Is my seat in the normal position?" Hamilton asks over the radio
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Replays give a closer look at some lights on the floor or Raikkonen's car
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Ricciardo is running a massive aero rake on his sidepod for this run
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All drivers bar Palmer have made it out for an installation lap
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Remember, no new parts are permitted at next week's Pirelli tyre test
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Given the conditions, this is an ideal session to trial some 2016 concepts
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We are likely to see plenty of new parts on the cars this morning
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Plenty more drivers are quick to head out on the track
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Kvyat is the first driver to leave the pits in his Red Bull
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP1 begins
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Most drivers are now strapped into their cars and ready to go
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FP1 is always a challenge here, with conditions not representative of the key sessions
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Jolyon Palmer is set to another FP1 outing, providing Lotus makes the session
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"It's tight, but we'll be OK," the team explained to GPUpdate.net a little earlier, when asked if its cars will be ready for this morning's first practice session
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Lotus, still in talks with French manufacturer Renault regarding a takeover, has faced further trouble so far this weekend, with freight arriving late yesterday
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The first is between Turns 7 & 8, with the second between Turns 10 & 11
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There are also two DRS zones in place at the Yas Marina Circuit
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres here
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Lewis Hamilton is also looking to halt team-mate Nico Rosberg's charge, with the German claiming the past five pole positions and two race victories
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But while the world titles are settled, there is still much to play for throughout the field, in both the Drivers' and Constructors' championship standings
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After eight months and 18 stops, we're now at the final round of the season
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!