Abu Dhabi test F1: Sebastian Vettel fastest for Ferrari – F1


Sebastian Vettel scored the fastest time in the Formula 1 post-season tire test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Kimi Raikkonen's Sauber meeting ended with a stop at the track.

Vettel, who had caused a brief red flag with a slight accident at turn 1 in the morning, fought back Valtteri Bottas early in the afternoon to finish the nine-hour race with the fastest time of 1'36.812 in the 2018 version of the tournament. hypersoft tires.

Bottas' first point of reference, with 1m37.231s, was enough to continue in second place. He had used what Pirelli called the compound # 5 & # 39; – The softest of the 2019 types on offer.

Raikkonen's late stoppage ended a productive first day with Sauber since 2001 prematurely.

The 2007 world champion stopped in the final hour when an unknown technical problem caused his Sauber to stop at the track after completing 102 laps, and the recovery time meant that the session was prolonged in 15 minutes.

Lance Stroll used the hypersofts of 2018 to reach third place in Racing Point Force India as the session resumed, having made his debut for the team that has not yet been announced as a race driver in 2019.

In the final hour, Stroll set a 1m37.909s that put him ahead of both Max Verstappen, who has not improved from the beginning on current ultrasofts, and Force India morning rider Sergio Perez.

Lando Norris jumped for McLaren ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the afternoon.

The Renault driver was behind the wheel less than 48 hours after the launch of the barrel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Both Perez and Norris set their timing in the "compound 5", with Hulkenberg running hipersofts in 2018.

F1 test debutant Pietro Fittipaldi caused a red flag earlier in the day when his Haas stopped on track, and it took him several hours until he returned when the team changed its Ferrari engine.

Fittipaldi made a number of improvements when he returned to the track shortly before the final hour and – after a break due to a red flag caused by Raikkonen – rose to the eighth place.

Robert Kubica replaced Williams' team mate George Russell in 2019 and won the Formula Three championship by three tenths, finishing ninth.

Several improvements led Raikkonen back to 11th place, ahead of only Seo Gelael of Toro Rosso.

The test will be completed on Wednesday when teams have the final chance to evaluate Pirelli's 2019 compounds and compare them to the 18's versions.

No information is retained in this test, as opposed to the blind tire comparisons that occur in the tests during the compound development phase, and the configuration changes are open.

On Wednesday, Charles Leclerc will ride for Ferrari for the first time since being confirmed as a 2019 race driver, as well as Pierre Gasly for Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jr for McLaren.

Daniil Kvyat will also make his return from Toro Rosso on the second day.

Tuesday test times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Turns
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.812s 69
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m37.231s 0,419s 120
3 Lance Stroll Force India / Mercedes 1m37.415s 0,603s 56
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull / Renault 1m37.947s 1.135s 133
5 Sergio Perez Force India / Mercedes 1m37.976s 1.164s 67
6 Lando Norris McLaren / Renault 1m38.187s 1.375s 136
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.789s 1,977s 128
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas / Ferrari 1m39.201s 2,389s 56
9 Robert Kubica Williams / Mercedes 1m39.269s 2.457s 32
10 George Russell Williams / Mercedes 1m39,512s 2.700s 42
11 Kimi Raikkonen Sauber / Ferrari 1m39.878s 3,066s 102
12 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso / Honda 1m40.435s 3,623s 150

Test line scheduled for Wednesday

Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc
Red Bull: Pierre Gasly
Renault: Artem Markelov
Haas: Louis Deletraz
Force India: Lance Stroll
McLaren: Carlos Sainz Jr
Sauber: Antonio Giovinazzi
Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat
Williams: Robert Kubica / George Russell


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