Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/21/14

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing meets former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff on the grid before the start of the first Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest lap in the first practice session at the U.S. Grand Prix, finishing in 1 minute, 38.125 seconds on the new Circuit of the Americas track. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was second with 1:39.543 and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third at 1:40.337. Friday's practice runs were the first time any of the drivers had driven on the new $400 million track. Vettel leads Alonso by 10 points with two races left on the schedule and is trying to become just the third driver to win three in a row. Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said the course was very close to what the drivers practiced on their simulators and it didn't produce any surprises the first time around.
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