Sebastian Vettel has no expectations of interfering with Mercedes` intra-team title battle in Sunday`s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but hopes he can say farewell to Red Bull with a memorable showing in his 113th and final race for the team.
Nico Rosberg took the fight to championship-leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton with the fastest laps in both Brazilian Grand Prix practice sessions on Friday while Fernando Alonso`s Ferrari caught fire.
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton rounded off a hat-trick of fastest laps in U.S. Grand Prix practice on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg 0.883 of a second slower after suffering a brake problem.
Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday`s U.S. Grand Prix while Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel is set to be sidelined by an engine penalty.
Daniel Ricciardo conceded on Thursday that his Red Bull team-mate and four time champion Sebastian Vettel may duck out of qualifying at this weekend`s United States Grand Prix because of an enforced power unit change.
Local favourite Daniil Kvyat could not hide his delight on Saturday after producing the best qualifying performance of his Formula One career to claim fifth place on the grid for Sunday`s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.