Lewis Hamilton took ‘winning at the slowest possible speed’ to a whole new level in Abu Dhabi.
Needing two drivers to overtake his team mate before the end of the race, Hamilton lapped over one-and-a-half seconds per laps slower than during last year’s race at times. It had the desired effect of slowing Nico Rosberg down – he only set the ninth-quickest lap of the race – but no one was able to capitalise on his delay to overtake.
This was despite Sebastian Vettel, who finished on Rosberg’s tail, lapping over one-and-a-half seconds quicker than the Mercedes as he closed on the race leaders after making a late final pit stop. Vettel was on super-soft tyres while the others favoured the softs.
2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’44.889||1.160||29|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’45.187||1.458||36|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’45.249||1.520||30|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1’45.949||2.220||31|
|18||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’46.591||2.862||30|
|21||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’48.752||5.023||13|
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