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.

01.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:41.34919
02.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:41.57117
03.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:41.58018
04.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:41.72119
05.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:41.83219
06.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:41.95619
07.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:42.05519
08.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F11:42.28219
09.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:42.38718
10.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:42.45721
11.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:42.51615
12.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:42.68123
13.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:42.69819
14.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:42.70216
15.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:42.72718
16.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:42.79818
17.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:42.98922
18.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:43.14215
19.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:44.47220
20.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:44.72821
21. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:45.62120
22. France Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:47.50615