Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, followed by teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany, leaves the pit lane during the first free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Lewis Hamilton landed an early psychological blow ahead of Formula One's Abu Dhabi title showdown by lapping faster than Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in both Friday practice sessions.Rosberg, who needs only finish in the top three Sunday to be sure of his first championship after being beaten in the last two years by Hamilton, was second in both sessions – 0.374 slower in the first and 0.079 off in the second.Rosberg, who has been on pole for the past two years and won last season's race, said he had made a "decent start" to the weekend.Hamilton, who has to finish in the top three to even have a chance of becoming Britain's first four-time champion, and Rosberg have each won nine races this season.
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