• Abu Dhabi, Friday - Toto: I am sure it will be very close tomorrow

The first two practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place this afternoon and into the evening at Yas Marina.

"It was an interesting Friday, covering the full range of track conditions and the circuit changed quite considerably in the cooler temperatures this evening. We had to follow those developments carefully with the car set-up and the balance in order to get the most out of our running," said Ross. "Lewis had a differential control issue in the second session which hampered him somewhat, although we managed to recover the situation during his running. Otherwise, we tried to maximise our time out on track in order to learn as much as possible about the tyres, especially in the most representative race conditions this evening."

In the course of Friday practice, the two MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers covered 125 laps of the circuit in total which equates to 694.250 kilometres. Both drivers completed the usual long runs in P2, running soft (option) then medium (prime) tyres.

"We completed our programme today with few issues and both drivers seemed reasonably happy with the car. We made some positive changes between the first and second practice sessions and the drivers and engineers will be working hard overnight to find more performance," said Toto. "The car seems quite competitive but there are a lot of quick cars out there and I am sure it will be very close tomorrow."