F1 rivals continue to joust

Lewis has an extensive jewellery collection

The 2017 world champion had been just 0.120s behind Vettel's lead time in FP1 but jumped above the Ferrari driver in the evening, edging the German out by 0.149s.

The 28-year-old double world endurance champion and Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar victor made his F1 debut with a 25-place penalty at the US Grand Prix in October. Vettel said today that he wished the press conference ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was "less relaxed" and that the fight was still on.

Formula One technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) that Toro Rosso had replaced the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H) in Hartley's vehicle, which recovers energy from the exhaust.

DESPITE THE world drivers' championship having been concluded a few weeks back, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel continue to do battle.

The Ferrari driver was 0.12 seconds quicker than Hamilton, who clinched his fourth championship two races ago in Mexico.

British Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, has accredited his vegan diet as the real driving force behind his success.

Lewis Hamilton shows off his bracelet
GETTY DIAMONDS Lewis shows off his bracelet

Both Hamilton and Vettel are three times winners in Abu Dhabi, although Ferrari have yet to triumph there.

Kimi Raikkonen was also within half a second in fourth place ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, with the latter a second off the pace as he complained about a lack of feel with the steering.

Toro Rosso are sixth in the constructors' championship, four points clear of Renault and a further two ahead of Haas.

Lance Stroll endured a messy session, running wide at the penultimate corner on two occasions, as he finished 13th, though this season the Canadian rookie has spent much of Friday focusing more on tyre management and race set-up rather than trying to find outright one-lap pace.

British driver George Russell, 19, was handed his second practice run-out in as many grands prix by Force India, and he finished 11th - 2.1 sec off Vettel and within one second of Sergio Perez in the sister vehicle.

Some also tried out the "halo" head protection device that will be introduced next year.

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