ABU DHABI (REUTERS) - Valtteri Bottas kept up his expectations of completion the year on a high in the wake of setting the quickest lap practically speaking for Formula One's season-finishing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday (Nov 23). 

The Mercedes driver, still winless in 2018 while partner Lewis Hamilton has taken 10 triumphs and secured a fifth title with two races to save, lapped the floodlit Yas Marina circuit with a best time of one moment 37.236 seconds. 

Bottas won a year ago's finale from post position and furthermore set the quickest lap. 

"It's decent to be over the timesheets, however we currently need to expand on that, we have to attempt and roll out the correct set-up improvements and I likewise need to discover more execution from myself," he said. 

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, quickest in the primary session with a lap of 1:38.491, was second quickest at night and 0.044 slower than the Finn. 

The 21-year-old Dutch driver harmed his vehicle on a kerb, requiring fixes. 

"The vehicle is by all accounts working extremely well once more, superior to expected simply like we encountered in Brazil," said Verstappen, who was sprinter up in that race two weeks back. 

"I would anticipate that this will be another circuit where tire the board is vital to a decent outcome, ideally it plays into our hands once more. Both long runs and short runs search useful for the tires so I'm satisfied with how it has gone up until this point." 

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, in his last race with Red Bull before leaving for Renault, was second and third individually in the sessions. 

With the two titles effectively won by Mercedes for the fifth year consecutively, Sunday's race ought to be a down to business fight for triumph without group orders or different contemplations. 

Verstappen, at the focal point of consideration in Brazil after an impact with Force India back-marker Esteban Ocon that cost him triumph and prompted a post-race showdown, can on Saturday turn into the game's most youthful driver to take shaft position. 

Hamilton was fourth in the two sessions. 

"Red Bull looked brisk today, they're normally quick by and by and in the race, so I have no questions it will be a similar this end of the week," said the Briton, who supplanted his standard number 44 with a one on his vehicle for the principal stretch. 

The Briton won in Brazil in spite of concerns his vehicle's motor was going to come up short. 

He utilized a similar motor for training, after the group found a disappointment in the variable channel framework that caused shaky ignition, with some allowed equipment changes. 

Trackside building chief Andrew Shovlin said everything looked ordinary after the two sessions. 

Ocon was fifth quickest toward the evening, in what looks liable to be his last race for some time with Canadian Lance Stroll set to have his spot. 

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, getting ready for his last race with the group before joining Sauber, and season's sprinter up Sebastian Vettel were seventh and eighth in session one and after that fifth and 6th. 

McLaren's twofold best on the planet Fernando Alonso had a unique attire on his vehicle, coordinating his protective cap hues, for his last race before leaving Formula One. 

Poland's Robert Kubica, declared on Thursday as a 2019 Williams driver, was additionally on track testing vehicle improvements and without pursuing a snappy time in first practice. 

He was keep going on the timesheets, over four seconds slower than Verstappen. 

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, additionally proceeding onward after Sunday's race, spun at turn one and hit the boundaries toward the evening.
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