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Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1

Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
One British Formula One world champion led another in first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday with Lewis Hamilton just ahead of successor Jenson Button.\n

McLaren's Hamilton and Brawn's Button traded fastest laps towards the end of the session with the outgoing champion coming out on top with a best of one minute 43.939 seconds.\n

Button, looking forward to his first race of the year with no pressure after he secured the title at the previous race in Brazil, was 0.096 slower. (all Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Yas Marina Circuit during the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.\n

With track temperatures of 35 degrees and a new but dusty surface, the leading drivers sat out the first half hour before taking to the track.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button drives at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, during the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Lewis Hamilton is all smiles after topping the first practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen drives at the Yas Marina Circuit during the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Giancarlo Fisichella of Ferrari drives during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Sebastien Vettel of Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Renault's French driver Romain Grosjean leaves the pits of the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Rubens Barrichello of Brazil and Brawn GP drives down the pitlane during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes prepares to drive during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
A local fan takes photographs from the grandstand during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Nico Rosberg of Germany and Williams talks to an engineer on the pitwall during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari prepares to drive during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Tamara Ecclestone, F1 supremo Bernie's eldest daughter, is seen in the paddock during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Abu Dhabi F1 - Day 1
Local fans take photographs from the grandstand during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.