Sebastian Vettel was just a bit quicker than Red Bull team mate Mark Webber in the final practice session in Abu Dhabi this afternoon, but again the times were extremely tight as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were pushing strong.

Sebastian_Vettel-Abu_Dhabi-GP-Q01It was Rosberg who set the pace on the medium Pirellis with a lap of 1m 43.465s just ahead of Webber’s 1m 43.579s, with Vettel and Hamilton next up with 1m 43.541s and 1m 43.785s. But the picture changed back in Red Bull’s favour when the softs went on in the final 10 minutes of the session.

Vettel claimed the top spot again with 1m 41.349s from Hamilton on 1m 41.580s, until Webber squeezed between them right at the end with 1m 41.571s. Rosberg was fourth on 1m 41.721s, as Romain Grosjean kept Lotus in play with 1m 41.832s. Jenson Button also demonstrated the improvement McLaren have quietly been making, with sixth fastest time of 1m 41.956s.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:41.349 19
02. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:41.571 17
03. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:41.580 18
04. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:41.721 19
05. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:41.832 19
06. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:41.956 19
07. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:42.055 19
08. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:42.282 19
09. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:42.387 18
10. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.457 21
11. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.516 15
12. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:42.681 23
13. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:42.698 19
14. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.702 16
15. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.727 18
16. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:42.798 18
17. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:42.989 22
18. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:43.142 15
19. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:44.472 20
20. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:44.728 21
21. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:45.621 20
22. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:47.506 15