Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the session in Free Practice 1 ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The German ended the session with a 1:39.006, 0.120 seconds quicker than Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team‘s Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen finished in third in the session.
The Finnish drivers of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas rounded up the top five followed by Sahara Force India F1 Team‘s Sergio Perez.
With their final weekend as partners, McLaren Honda F1 Team started the weekend with promising pace with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne ending the session seventh and eighth quickest.
Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa set the ninth fastest time ahead of his last F1 race before retiring and Daniel Ricciardo rounds up the top ten at Yas Marina.
The session kicked off with the drivers heading out onto the sunny Abu Dhabi circuit to set their track acclimatisation laps. Valtteri Bottas set the initial first lap time before team-mate Hamilton beat it by 1:3 seconds with the soft tyres.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen tested a new diffused earlier in the session with aero rakes attached to the rear of the SF70H.
Sauber F1 Team‘s Marcus Ericsson and Antonio Giovinazzi, filling in for Kevin Magnussen in the Haas F1 Team, tested out the Halo cockpit protection system in the session in preparation for mandatory use in 2018.
Newly crowned GP3 Series Champion George Russell took part in the session for the second grand prix in a row, filling in for Esteban Ocon for the Friday morning runnings.
Within thirty minutes of the session, Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap of the session with a 1:40.638 on the Ultrasoft tyres. Hamilton later on in the session would improve on his time and set the quickest time with a 1:39.126. Bottas soon followed the second best time.
Renault Sport F1 Team‘s Carlos Sainz Jr. ended his session thirty minutes early due to a schedule engine change for the Spanish driver.
A few drivers made errors after the hour mark with Nico Hulkenberg got caught in a spin at Turn 14 but was able to resume running. Giovinazzi in the Haas soon followed at Turn 17 with George Russell running wide at the same turn by the Yas Viceroy Hotel.
With less than twenty minutes remaining, Sebastian Vettel went top of the time sheets, going 0.120 faster than Hamilton on the Ultrasofts. The Brit tried to get back onto the top with a flying lap but running wide at Turn 1 prevented any improvement.
Romain Grosjean got caught in a spin after the under pass of the hotel with the rear end of his Haas and hit the barrier. The French driver was able to continue with no damage and return to the pits.
With two minutes on the clock, Bottas returned to track with the halo cockpit protection device onboard for an installation lap before returning to the pits.
The session concluded with Vettel setting the pace ahead of the Mercedes, most drivers getting laps under their belts in preparation with the second session under the flood lights, where the race will take place under twilight conditions.
|1||5||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||1:39.006||23|
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:39.126||0.120||25|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||1:39.154||0.148||15|
|4||7||Kimi Raikkonnen||Scuderia Ferrari||1:39.518||0.512||22|
|5||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:39.741||0.735||30|
|6||11||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:40.293||1.287||24|
|7||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team||1:40.522||1.516||20|
|8||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team||1:40.569||1.563||15|
|9||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||1:40.723||1.717||27|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:40.773||1.767||29|
|11||35||George Russell||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:41.131||2.125||26|
|12||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-F1 Team||1:41.306||2.300||24|
|13||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing||1:41.581||2.575||27|
|14||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:41.646||2.640||29|
|15||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:41.748||2.742||23|
|16||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber F1 Team||1:41.752||2.746||26|
|17||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:41.864||2.858||26|
|18||50||Antonio Giovinazzi||Haas-F1 Team||1:42.065||3.059||21|
|19||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team||1:42.344||3.338||28|
|20||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:42.585||3.579||35|