Ros­berg one-twos Hamil­ton

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NICO ROS­BERG knocked triple world cham­pion team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton off the top of the Abu Dhabi timesheets as Mercedes dom­i­nated the fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion of the F1 sea­son yes­ter­day.

The Ger­man, run­ner-up in a cham­pi­onship al­ready won by Hamil­ton, lapped with a best time of one minute 41.983 sec­onds. Hamil­ton, win­ner in Abu Dhabi last year af­ter Ros­berg se­cured pole po­si­tion, had been quick­est in the af­ter­noon ses­sion with a time of 1:43.754 but ended the day 0.138 slower.

Or­gan­is­ers are also making much of the con­nec­tion be­tween the num­ber 44 on Hamil­ton’s car and the 44th Na­tional Day an­niver­sary next week of the found­ing of the United Arab Emi­rates.

An­other vic­tory would also be the 44th of the Bri­ton’s ca­reer and he is de­ter­mined to end the year on a high. So, too, is Ros­berg, who is chas­ing his third suc­ces­sive win and sixth pole po­si­tion in a row.

The duo will also be chas­ing a record 12th one-two of the sea­son tomorrow. – Reuters

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