Instagram round-up of Friday's practice at Abu Dhabi GP

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Lewis Hamilton showed he was not going to relinquish his world title without a fight when beating Nico Rosberg in opening practice for the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday.

The defending three-time world champion clocked a best lap of one minute and 40.861 seconds to outpace the 31-year-old German by 0.079sec.

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 12 points in the 2016 drivers championship and only needs to finish on the podium to claim his first title.

Hamilton must win and Rosberg finish out of the top three to retain his crown.

Away from the heat of the competition though, Sport360 looks back at some of the best posts on Instagram.

Moments captured on the social media platform included Nico Rosberg flinging autographs into the crowd and a lucky young fan getting his picture taken with Formula One legend Niki Lauda.

Having some fun before FP2 💪🏻#AbuDhabiGP 📸 @victoriaverstappen

A photo posted by Max Verstappen (@maxverstappen1) on

Stunning setting for an #F1Finale... #AbuDhabiGP #F1 #Formula1

A photo posted by FORMULA 1® (@f1) on

🏎💨🇦🇪#abudhabigp

A photo posted by Nathan McMahon (@nathanmcmahon) on

#FernandoAlonso #mito #AbuDhabiGP

A photo posted by Angela (@seninha) on

#abudhabigp #sopheaholiday

A photo posted by Sophea Um (@sophea_um) on

🏎✨ . #AbuDhabiGP #YasMarinaCircuit #F1 #Formula1 #F1GP #GrandPrix #simplyabudhabi

A video posted by Shady Beshr (@shady.fly) on

Beautiful sky as the sunsets during FP2 in Abu Dhabi #F1 #AbuDhabiGP @ymcofficial

A photo posted by SUTTON IMAGES (@suttonimages) on

#abudhabigp #sopheaholiday

A photo posted by Sophea Um (@sophea_um) on

A photo posted by Angela (@seninha) on

#wootwoot #day1 #abudhabigp

A video posted by Zico Solaiman (@zico316) on

Most popular

LIVE Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Can Rosberg hold off Hamilton's challenge?

Lewis Hamilton has no intention of trying to ‘back up’ his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg if he is leading this weekend’s title showdown Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion, who is seeking a fourth consecutive Grand Prix victory to keep alive his slim hope of overhauling Rosberg’s 12-points lead, said instead that he will try to win the race by as big a margin as possible.

“Nico has been on pole here for the last two years,” Hamilton told a pre-race news conference at the Yas Marina circuit on Thursday.

“Here, he has been very quick. This has been a relatively strong circuit for me, but I’ve not been delivering the last two years, so my sole goal is to do so.

“In terms of tactics in the race, that has to come on Sunday, but that (backing up) has never been in my thought process. If I am ahead, I want to be as far ahead as possible.”

FOLLOW ALL THE PRACTICE ACTION LIVE:

Who do you think will take pole? Get in touch on social media, use #360 fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Most popular

Tweets of the Week: Build-up to Abu Dhabi GP

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
The fight for the world championship.

The battle for the 2016 Formula One world title comes down to the last race of the season in awesome Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Teams and drivers have been lighting up social media with their snaps from the capital ahead of what should be a barn-storming final race of the year.

Are you heading to the UAE capital for the season’s final race?

Share with us your thoughts by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best tweets so far:

Most popular