Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first training session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton hit back at criticism of his jetset lifestyle Friday by outpacing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in opening free practice for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.In brilliant sunshine, Hamilton clocked a best lap in one minute and 43.754 seconds, ahead of Rosberg's best of 1:43.895 as the German began his bid to claim a sixth straight pole ahead of his rival and complete a hat-trick of victories.Since leaving McLaren in 2012, Hamilton has won two world titles to add to that he won for Dennis's team in 2008 and enjoyed greater freedom in his private life.Hamilton made clear frequently that he felt suffocated by the strict McClaren management.This was rebuffed by Rosberg, who said: "I'm not sure what he's referring to, but there is no change in the feel of the car or anything for me.
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