F1 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Hamilton's odds cut after practice pace

PUBLISHED: 15:55 02 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:25 02 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

HOCH ZWEI

FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was second quickest in Friday's afternoon practice session for the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage  [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

After topping the timesheets in FP1 earlier today, the 27-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes motor racer from Hertfordshire was beaten by reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel in second practice at the ultra-modern Yas Marina circuit.

The German Red Bull star clocked a lap of 1m 41.751s, with Hertfordshire-born Hamilton next fastest.

Hamilton shaved a little from his best time on the Prime tyre with a 1m 41.919s on Options.

Informing Hamilton of his progress, the McLaren pitwall told him: “You are currently P2 – all in the last sector, two tenths.”

Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

Hamilton’s McLaren colleague Jenson Button was third fastest in FP2 with a lap time of 1m 42.412s.

After an impressive first day in the United Arab Emirates, bookies William Hill have cut the price of Hamilton winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend from 6/1 to 5/2.

Championship leader Vettel remains favourite for race victory, despite having been lengthened from 5/6 to 10/11.

“We honestly were not expecting the McLaren cars to be as competitive as they were today and so congratulations to any punters who managed to get on Lewis Hamilton when he was 6/1,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

“Despite the plunge in his odds, Sebastian Vettel is still the man to beat.”

With just three races of his McLaren career left, William Hill offer 1/3 that Hamilton grabs a win for the team before his departure and 9/4 he does not.

Qualifying for the day-night 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at 1pm GMT on Saturday.

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