GP Abu Dhabi, prove del venerdì–24/11/2017
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday practice: Hamilton fastest for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in second practice for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Hamilton clocked a 1m37.877s to finish 0.149 seconds clear of Vettel’s Ferrari with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo a tenth and a half further back in third.
Hamilton, who was pipped to the quickest time in first practice by Vettel, set the early benchmark with a 1m39.720s, with Ricciardo just 0.040s off in second.
The Briton continued with that run and improved again, with a 1m38.912s, to move 0.848s clear of Ricciardo as the sun set at Yas Marina.
Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to complete a qualifying simulation, clocking a 1m38.609s to go quickest in his Mercedes.
The Finn was usurped by Vettel before Hamilton became the first and only man to dip into the 1m37s.
With just over 40 minutes to go, attention turned to long-run data gathering, with Bottas and Hamilton focusing on the ultra-softs.
Hamilton then joined Vettel on running the super-softs for the final part of the 90-minute session, which provided conditions that would be similar to those in the race.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, 0.475s off the pace, with Bottas two tenths further back in fifth.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was a second off the pace in seventh and 0.7s slower than team-mate Ricciardo.
Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were separated by just 0.010s, were eighth and ninth respectively.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.
Felipe Massa, contesting his last grand prix weekend, was the leading Williams in 11th, seven tenths ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll.
Romain Grosjean spent most of the session in the garage as his Haas team worked on fixing an electrical problem, and completed just 12 laps.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.180s||0.303s||34|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.894s||1.017s||34|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.323s||1.446s||33|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.333s||1.456s||36|
|15||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m40.694s||2.817s||39|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.496s||3.619s||39|
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fastest in first Abu Dhabi GP practice
Sebastian Vettel beat Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ferrari driver Vettel clocked a 1m39.006s on the ultra-soft Pirelli tyres to end the 90-minute session 0.120 seconds clear of Hamilton at Yas Marina.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was only 0.028s further back in third place, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth, half a second off the ultimate pace.
Hamilton was the early pacesetter, clocking a 1m41.135s on the soft tyres, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas focusing on the super-soft tyres.
Raikkonen, whose Ferrari featured a Red Bull-style diffuser as part of the team’s experiments for 2018, then went quickest on the ultra-softs.
The Finn improved again to a 1m39.741s, but was then demoted as Hamilton and Bottas fitted the ultra-soft tyres just before the halfway mark.
Bottas was the first to cross the line, moving to the top of the pile with a 1m39.741s, but Hamilton beat that by an impressive 0.615s.
Though Verstappen’s first effort on the ultra-softs was just a fraction off Hamilton’s pace, both were bumped down when Vettel did his ultra-soft run.
Bottas ended the session fifth quickest, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez, who was 1.287s off the pace.
Fernando Alonso didn’t set a laptime until the second half of the session, with the McLaren driver slotting straight into the top 10 on the ultra-soft tyres.
He ended up seventh, 1.516s off the pace and just 0.037s ahead of McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne in eighth.
Felipe Massa, contesting his final F1 grand prix weekend, was ninth for Williams with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top 10.
Mercedes protege George Russell borrowed Esteban Ocon’s Force India for first practice and ended up 11th fastest, eight tenths adrift of Perez.
Antonio Giovinazzi was the other non-race driver to take part in the session, running in place of Kevin Magnussen at Haas and going 18th quickest.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg were down in 15th and 17th respectively, but they did not run the ultra-soft tyre. Hulkenberg also had a quick spin out of Turn 14 at the end of the complex that follows the track’s second long straight.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.154s||0.148s||15|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.293s||1.287s||24|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m40.773s||1.767s||29|
|11||George Russell||Force India/Mercedes||1m41.131s||2.125s||26|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.646s||2.640s||29|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m42.585s||3.579s||35|