Lotus’s Romain Grosjean carried his brilliant recent run of form into Abu Dhabi as he topped the first practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday afternoon.

The Frenchman clocked a 1m 44.241s lap late in the session to bump Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton into second and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel into third. The top three drivers were followed by their teammates in reverse order Mark Webber being fourth Nico Rosberg fifth and Kimi Raikkonen sixth.

Both Ferraris were outside of top ten at more than 1 second of the pace and if they will continue to show this pace during the qualifying session tomorrow and race on Sunday they look set to lose the third place in the championship to Lotus as well.

01.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:44.24121
02.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:44.43323
03.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:44.49918
04.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:44.71220
05.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:44.74124
06.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:44.92923
07.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:45.04020
08.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:45.09920
09.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:45.15024
10.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:45.33120
11.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:45.37823
12.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:45.44018
13.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:45.82322
14.United Kingdom James CaladoSahara Force India1:45.92420
15.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F11:46.06818
16.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:46.11422
17.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:46.12418
18.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:46.12621
19.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:47.60022
20.Finland Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:47.67022
21.France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:47.72323
22.Venezuela Rodolfo GonzalesMarussia F11:49.56522