Result: Lewis Hamilton quickest in first practice of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Result: Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi first practice
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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton sets the pace in the first practice of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has secured the fastest time in the first practice ahead of Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old, who will join Mercedes next season after penning a three-year deal with the team, launched to the top of the standings after the first practice with his teammate Jenson Button just behind.

A strong final lap from Button helped the Brit secure the second-fastest time, while Championship favourite Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished the course in the third-quickest time with his biggest rival Fernando Alonso in fourth.

Mark Webber recorded the fifth-best time in the opening practice, while Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher clocked the sixth-fastest time.

First practice standings:

1. Lewis Hamilton - McLarem
2. Jenson Button - McLaren
3. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull
4. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
5. Mark Webber - Red Bull
6. Michael Schumacher - Mercedes
7. Pastor Maldonado - Williams
8. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
9. Valtteri Bottas - Williams
10. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus
11. Felipe Massa - Ferrari
12. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India
13. Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber
14. Romain Grosjean - Lotus
15. Jules Bianchi - Force India
16. Sergio Perez - Sauber
17. Daniel Ricciardo - Toro Rosso
18. Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso
19. Heikki Kovalainen - Caterham
20. Timo Glock - Marussia
21. Pedro de la Rosa - HRT
22. Max Chilton - Marussia
23. Ma Qinghua - HRT
24. Giedo van der Garde - Caterham

Sebastian Vettel
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