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Summary

  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice
  2. Sainz breaks down
  3. Get involved #bbcf1: your stars of the season
  4. Hamilton fastest in first practice

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Will Lewis Hamilton do something he hasn't done in any of the past five races and beat Nico Rosberg to pole position?

While he topped FP1, today has not been without its problems for the world champion, with his seat and steering wheel having been an issue for him.

Will he banish those gremlins for qualifying? 

We're back at 09:30 GMT for final practice (10:00 GMT), see you then.

Cheers for your stars of the season today, there's been some belters. Our latest mini-feature on some of this season's stars has just gone up and you can read it here.

We'll have more online over the course of the weekend, so keen an eye out for them. 

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Your stars of the season

#bbcf1 Hi my star of the season when Lewis Hamilton won the British grand prix and the two redbull drive dancing from leah Webster

#bbcf1 @bbcf1 star of the season - there's 100k Mexican fans can claim that title, plus whoever decided to put track thru grandstands. Ace!

Yes, wipe away your tears, as that was indeed the final Friday practice session of the season, and once again it belonged to Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton was fastest in first practice, with Nico Rosberg on top in the second.

FP2 result

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Perez 4) Ricciardo 5) Vettel 6) Kvyat 7) Raikkonen 8) Hulkenberg 9) Alonso 10) Maldonado 

11) Bottas 12) Massa 13) Verstappen 14) Sainz 15) Grosjean 16) Button 17) Nasr 18) Ericsson 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lots of laps for Nico

Nico keeps putting the laps in, now on SuperSoft tyres. He's up to 32 laps now, a good tally for the evening. #AbuDhabiGP #FeelTheForce

Even stevens between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, with the Ferrari man matching the Mercedes, just 0.1s between their latest efforts. 

Three minutes left.

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Your stars of the season

@bbcf1 the ultimate star for me is the champion, @lewishamilton! Max and Seb deserve a mention though. #bbcf1

#bbcf1 surely Romain Grosjean and his drive at spa puts him up for the award of #starsoftheseason

Night riders

It's all go in the garage as the boys prepare for their final #FP2 runs. We're in full night-mode now. #AbuDhabiGP
It's all go in the garage as the boys prepare for their final #FP2 runs. We're in full night-mode now. #AbuDhabiGP

It's all go in the garage as the boys prepare for their final #FP2 runs. We're in full night-mode now. #AbuDhabiGP

Seven laps on Lewis Hamilton current stint on the soft tyres.

"What times am I supposed to be doing right now," he queries.

"A 1:47 is what we are looking at," is the reply.

The world champion's latest effort is a 1:47.880.

Eight minutes to go.

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#BBCF1 @bbcf1 star of the season, easy. Tom Clarkson - fantastic reporting from start to finish.

Oh you. You'll make him blush.

Perez comes into the pits complaining that he's lost his brakes - and here's the problem... #FP2 #AbuDhabiGP

Perez comes into the pits complaining that he's lost his brakes - and here's the problem... #FP2 #AbuDhabiGP

Perez
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Sergio Perez, who has the third fastest time, confirms a problem with brakes. I'm no mechanic, but his brakes being on fire is indeed a bit of a problem.

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

The wheel is still glowing red as Perez's Force India is pushed back into the garage, so some work to be done.

Sergio Perez runs wide at Turn 8 and there's some flames kicking out from his right rear wheel. He gingerly makes his way back to the pits as a result.

Its not all about the magic for Nico Rosberg.

"Right hand magic to off," he is told over team radio.

"We've discussed, I don't like it," he replies.

Magic is code for a switch on the steering wheel and it can be anything a driver wants it to be. Whatever it is, Rosberg is not a fan that's for sure.

Drivers are getting properly stuck into their long runs now. 

Pacesetter Nico Rosberg has done 14 laps on his set of supersofts tyres and is lapping in the 1.49s at the moment.

Carlos Sainz
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Is Sainz trying to recreate the Alonso deck chair moment from Brazil?? #placesAlonsowouldratherbe #f1

Alonso
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Sebastian Vettel heads in, switches to softs, and heads back out. His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, stays out on the supersofts tyres.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

We saw BBW, that is brake by wire. He stopped the car straight away.

Carlos Sainz
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Carlos Sainz
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Carlos Sainz is parked in the run-off at Turn 7. Replays show that he suffered a problem and was immediately told to switch the engine off. 

He climbs out of the car and over the barrier and perches on top of a bench, chattiong with a couple of marshals.

Yellow flag

The yellow flags are waved for the first time in the session and it is for the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz.

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@bbcf1 Vettel has got Ferrari back to a Competitive Level as they were going knowhere before this Season, #Starof2015 #bbcf1

@BBCF1 My star(s) of the season are Verstappen and Vettel - both a breath of fresh air in this dull Mercedes era. #bbcf1

We're into long-run territory now so after the qualifying sims this is the top 10 with just over half an hour to go:

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Perez 4) Ricciardo 5) Vettel 6) Kvyat 7) Raikkonen 8) Hulkenberg 9) Alonso 10) Maldonado

Alonso takes a look right at us, as he forces his way into the top ten (P9) #AbuDhabiGP #FP2

Alonso takes a look right at us, as he forces his way into the top ten (P9) #AbuDhabiGP #FP2

Talking about eyebrow-raising times, look at this from Fernando Alonso. His qualifying simulation run sees him put down a 1:42.955 and the McLaren is just one second off the pace of Mercedes.

Anyway, back to important matters. An eyebrow-raising lap from  Sergio Perez, 1:42.610 seeing him storm up to P3. Great effort. 

The entire field have made the switch to supersoft tyres now.

Rick Astley
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Rick Astley

Come to think of it, has anyone seen James Allen and Rick Asltey in the same room?

James Allen
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James Allen

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator

Some people used to say I looked like Rick Astley when I was at school.

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Ooo Mr Rick 🎶Never gonna give you up🎶🎤O: Astley #bbcf1

@bbcf1 James Allen seriously passed up the opportunity of seeing Rick Astley and saying Button's "never gonna give Honda up"?! #bbcf1

As Mercedes' tweet a little earlier hinted at, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have indeed got their qualifying simulations under way. Rosberg improves with 1:41.983, a gain of 0.8s and he's into P1. Lewis Hamilton's first soft tyre run isn't as good, a 1:42.121, and he is P2.

Celeb spot!

A blast from the past in the paddock, with Rick Astley making an appearance. Those of a certain age will remember him well from his 80s classic "Never Gonna Give You Up". Younger followers might be more familiar with being "Rickrolled." 

Quite a margin between the prime and option @pirellisport rubber this evening - let's see what our boys can do with them... #F1 #AbuDhabiGP

Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel comes round on his first qualifying sim run, sparks beautifully kicking up as he screams round a corner. 

He clocks 1:42.717, which faster than Nico Rosberg's best but not enough to knock Lewis Hamilton off top spot.