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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit • Free Practice 3

Free Practice 3

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Thanks for joining us for third practice, and be sure to follow qualifying right here - our coverage will get under way from 12:45 UK time.


Well, what did you make of that? Who are you backing to grab pole at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - can you see beyond either Hamilton or Vettel?


Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets at the end of the final session of practice at the Yas Marina circuit, with his 1:42.130 the fastest effort. Jenson Button is second fastest for McLaren, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who only just made it on to the track. Mark Webber is fourth fastest, while Fernando Alonso is down in eighth for Ferrari - another strange effort.


Vettel is fastest in sector two, but is still 0.2s off Hamilton's best time as he makes a hasty late run at the very end of this final session of practice. He will be relieved to have at least left the garage.


Raikkonen is pushing hard as he sets a 1:43.184 to go fourth fastest, while Maldonado locks up horribly into turn 17 on his softs. Hamilton and Webber are pushing extremely hard, too.


Vergne and de la Rosa are the only drivers on track briefly, before Maldonado, Hulkenberg and the two Caterhams head out once more. Alonso is back out on the softs for his final run.


Vettel's brakes are now being put back together, but even he will need to get some laps under his belt on the softs before this session is over. It's a race against time for Red Bull!


Grosjean is now third fastest after his switch to the softs, and he is 1.113s off Hamilton, who continues to lead the way going into the final 10 minutes of the session.


It's now 42 degrees, for those of you asking about the temperature in Abu Dhabi right now. Lots of cars are now returning to the pits as we await the soft tyre runs!


Webber, Alonso and Hulkenberg are also in the pits, and Grosjean heads out once more. Senna, meanwhile, is on the softs.


Alonso improves again but is still 1.369s off Hamilton, and Button pits once more from second fastest with Hamilton still leading.


Well, this looks very interesting and concerning for Vettel. The Championship leader, who was fastest in FP2, will be struggling in terms of coming back out in this session as his front two wheels are dealt with.


Button improves to a 1:42.879 - 0.731 off his team-mate Hamilton, who now returns to the pits having done his work.


Alonso is fourth fastest - 1.486s off Hamilton, but just 0.010 off Webber - and the Ferrari man is settling in now after a hesitant start from his team.


Hamilton improves again to a 1:42.148, and he's still on the medium tyres as he continues to thrive in his current situation.


Red Bull are reportedly bleeding Vettel's brakes, and he has not yet set a time in this session after going quickest in FP2.


Webber is now second fastest but 1.368s off Hamilton's fastest lap time as he continues to lead the way.


Button and Alonso have still yet to set a time in this session, while Vettel returns to the pits after another lap.


Webber takes to the track, and if you missed his quotes from yesterday, this is what he said: "Normally I struggle around car park-style race tracks, but I'll do my best to push as hard as possible around all the second-gear corners that are here this weekend."


Hamilton is about a second off Vettel's soft tyre laps from the second session of practice, and his pace is very impressive at this stage.


Lewis Hamilton is told that he is faster than anyone else on the track, through every sector! Music to the ears of any driver - he sets a 1:42.851.


Raikkonen flies over a kerb and runs very wide, and that was an intentional manoeuvre from the Lotus driver, who will surely not try that again!


Hamilton makes his entrance, and he immediately sets the fastest middle-sector time as he hits the ground running, just as he did yesterday.


Raikkonen is fastest with a 1:44.654, while Kobayashi continues to build on his latest run with a 1:45.201.


Perez goes second quickest with a time of 1:45.282, while Button relaxes with his engineers in the garage. McLaren are loathe to make a move at all right now.


There are concerns about the reliability of Raikkonen's newly updated exhaust, according to reports from Lotus. He's not employing it in this session.


Kobayashi tops the timesheets very early on with a time of 1:45.628 after initially posting a 1:49.193 to settle into the session.


Red Ears says: "Bottas in P9 at the end of FP1 was interesting. Other­ than that there's little to glean from times and­ positions. This will probably be "another win from­ pole" race."


Kobayashi's Sauber is ready to make another move, but it's very quiet out on the track at the moment.


All the cars have either been out for a installation lap and come back or are out there right now, and the track is suddenly pretty quiet.


All the cars on the track at the moment have medium tyres, but we will see the softs used towards the final few minutes of the session.


Kovalainen is one of nine drivers who head out, while Ferrari are working frantically on Alonso's front wing, with the 'Flo-viz' paint out.


The third free practice session is now under way, and it is Perez who flies out first and enjoys his own company on the track.


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Hamilton, meanwhile, had this to say: "Our car looked good in FP1 (the first session) but FP2 was a little bit more of a challenge for me. It was quite tricky to get a good time from the option tyre, so tonight we'll need to do some work around figuring out how to switch our options on."


Vettel said: "I think we can be happy with today. We got a good lap on the soft tyres but in general pace the McLarens were quick and seem competitive, so they're the ones we need to look out for and beat."


Vettel set the practice pace in the second session that could bring him a fifth win in a row and speed Red Bull to the constructors' title. The German lapped the floodlit Yas Marina circuit with a quickest lap of one minute 41.751 seconds, set on soft tyres, in the evening session after McLaren's Lewis Hamilton claimed the honours in the afternoon with a time of 1:43.285.


Lewis Hamilton and Championship leader Sebastian Vettel look set to battle it out once more in this third session of practice, after the pair topped the timesheets in the first two, respectively.


Good morning and welcome to our live text commentary of the third free practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.