Button and Hamilton lead Abu Dhabi practice sessions

 “Feeling confident for the rest of the weekend”LEWIS HAMILTONMP4-26A-04P1 programme                                     27 laps                         1m40.403s (+0.140s)     3rdP2 programme                                     31 laps                         1m39.586s                    1st“It was a really positive day for me. The car feels good – our long-run pace doesn’t feel too bad and we seem to be quite competitive. The car feels a lot better than it did at the last race – so I really hope I’ll be able to keep that going throughout the remainder of the grand prix weekend.

“The track just got better and better today, so I slowly chipped away at the set-up. The tyres are behaving well – at the last race I had degradation and didn’t have the pace, so it feels much better this weekend. That’s a real positive for me.“When you come through a Friday without any problems, it definitely makes you feel confident for the rest of the weekend.”JENSON BUTTONMP4-26A-03P1 programme                                     21 laps                         1m40.263s                    1stP2 programme                                     30 laps                         1m39.785s (+0.199s)     2nd“I’m still not entirely happy with the balance – although I’m confident we’ll get to the bottom of it. Nonetheless, the pace of the car is good – Lewis was very quick today – and our long-run pace is very good.

“I was playing around with overtaking on my long run, but I still reckon it’ll be difficult to overtake people in the DRS zones. So I think it’s going to be a bit of a struggle to make moves stick in the race – which means it’s going to be important to qualify up at the front.

“It’s tricky around here, but we made some good progress here this afternoon and evening.”MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes“To finish first in both sessions is an incredibly promising start to our weekend here in Abu Dhabi. Obviously, it’s too early to accurately predict the pace of the teams around us, but it’s encouraging to have been able to power through today’s programme without setback and to have set the benchmark time in both P1 and P2.“Lewis has been particularly complimentary about the car we’ve brought to this race, and Jenson is positive too, despite feeling there’s still potential for improvement. Our aim now is to build on this promising start, further develop the cars’ set-up with the engineers overnight, and push to maintain this position in qualifying tomorrow.”

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1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.586s           31 laps2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.785s  + 0.199  303.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m39.971s  + 0.385  204.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m39.980s  + 0.394  345.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m40.104s  + 0.518  356.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m40.132s  + 0.546  267.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m40.553s  + 0.967  348.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m40.951s  + 1.365  349.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m41.021s  + 1.435  3710  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.490s  + 1.904  3411  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.565s  + 1.979  3412  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.680s  + 2.094  3313  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m41.947s  + 2.361  3114  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.983s  + 2.397  3415  Bruno Senna           Renault                1m42.369s  + 2.783  3616  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m42.798s  + 3.212  3517  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m42.910s  + 3.324  3418  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1m43.562s  + 3.976  3619  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m44.050s  + 4.464  3820  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m44.265s  + 4.679  4121  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m45.486s  + 5.900  3422  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m46.142s  + 6.556  3223  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1m46.249s  + 6.663  2124  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1m46.328s  + 6.742  34

 FP1

 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m40.263s           21 laps 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m40.389s  + 0.126  26 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m40.403s  + 0.140  27 4.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m40.755s  + 0.492  27 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m40.801s  + 0.538  25 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m41.260s  + 0.997  17 7.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m41.340s  + 1.077  23 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m42.130s  + 1.867  26 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m42.151s  + 1.888  2810.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m42.377s  + 2.114  2611.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m42.633s  + 2.370  2612.  Romain Grosjean       Renault                 1m42.685s  + 2.422  2913.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1m43.118s  + 2.855  1314.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1m43.255s  + 2.992  2915.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m43.389s  + 3.126  2416.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1m44.412s  + 4.149  2817.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m44.484s  + 4.221  1818.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1m44.565s  + 4.302  2719.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1m44.898s  + 4.635  2520.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1m46.385s  + 6.122  2821.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth            1m46.532s  + 6.269  2722.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1m48.024s  + 7.761  2023.  Robert Wickens        Virgin-Cosworth         1m48.551s  + 8.288  2324.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth                            3

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