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F1 rivals continue to joust

BATTLE: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel (left)

DESPITE THE world drivers' championship having been concluded a few weeks back, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel continue to do battle.

New world champion Hamilton of Mercedes was just beaten by Ferrari's Vettel as the German set the fastest time in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver was 0.12 seconds quicker than Hamilton, who clinched his fourth championship two races ago in Mexico.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was just 0.028secs behind Hamilton, raising hopes of a three-way fight for victory.

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