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.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:44.241 21
02. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:44.433 23
03. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:44.499 18
04. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:44.712 20
05. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:44.741 24
06. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:44.929 23
07. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:45.040 20
08. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.099 20
09. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:45.150 24
10. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.331 20
11. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:45.378 23
12. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:45.440 18
13. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:45.823 22
14. United Kingdom James Calado Sahara Force India 1:45.924 20
15. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:46.068 18
16. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.114 22
17. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:46.124 18
18. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.126 21
19. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:47.600 22
20. Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1:47.670 22
21. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:47.723 23
22. Venezuela Rodolfo Gonzales Marussia F1 1:49.565 22