Sebastian Vettel reaffirmed his stronghold over the grid by setting the fastest time in Practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Red Bull man was trumped by Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton in the morning session, but various problems saw him remain unchallenged for the afternoon. Mark Webber was the second placed man, ahead of Lewis Hamilton who couldn’t get comfortable with his car. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, Nico Rosberg fifth and the McLaren duo of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button sixth and seventh in a car that looks strong this weekend. Fernando Alonso was slightly quicker than he was in the morning, but still finsihed well down the field in eighth while Nico Hulkenberg took ninth for Sauber. Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten.
Esteban Gutierrez was eleventh for Sauber, ahead of Romain Grosjean who suffered a brakes failure and missed the bulk of the session. Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil sandwiched fourteenth-placed man Pastor Maldonado. Next up was the Toro Rosso pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, with Bottas just behind in eighteenth. Giedo van der Garde was fastest of the backmarkers despite a spin, while Jules Bianchi took twentieth for Marussia and Charles Pic took twenty-first for Caterham. Max Chilton was back in the car after giving FP1 to Rodolfo Gonzalez, but finished dead-last after losing a brake duct on track and a later, unrelated spin out of Turn 1.