F1 – Bottas quickest in opening note in Abu Dhabi as Vettel crashes


Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas went quickest in opening note for Formulation 1’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Tall Prix, beating Crimson Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen by half of a 2nd. There was once a distress for Sebastian Vettel, on the opposite hand, with the Ferrari driver crashing out dull within the session. 

Bottas worked his formula to the close of the expose within the opening half of of the session and 45 minutes within the Finn headed the table with a time of 1m36.957s region on medium tyres. The lap saw him sixth tenths obvious of crew-mate Hamilton. Verstappen then popped in a lap a tenth sooner than Hamilton’s to interact P2 however the Dutchman was once aloof 0.535s within the befriend of 2017 Abu Dhabi GP winner Bottas. 

There was once runt time after that to toughen as half of an hour from the conclude of the session Daniel Ricciardo suffered an engine failure that led to a lengthy stoppage. 

The Renault driver was once nearing the conclude of a hot lap when smoke erupted from the rear of his automobile within the final nook. He straight pulled over at the facet of the video display, but now not before showering the intently following Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly in fluid. 

With drivers compelled to interact an different line by method of the final nook the session was once crimson flagged and the neat-up operation started. The stoppage lasted almost 15 minutes and the motion resumed with a warning of the stipulations aloof being slippery within the final sector. 

It meant that there were no improvements within the final quarter of an hour, even though there were more incidents.

Sebastian Vettel was once down within the fifth repute when the crimson flag period came to and pushing for an development within the final minutes he lost the rear of his Ferrari in Flip 19 and bolt backwards into the wall. The crash all every other time introduced out the crimson flags and the session was once halted for lawful. 

Bottas which capability fact remained at the close of the expose before Verstappen and Hamilton. Fourth repute went to Verstappen’s Crimson Bull crew-mate Alex Albon with Vettel caught in fifth. Haas’ Romain Grosjean claimed most constructive of the leisure repute with sixth repute before the 2nd Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, whereas Grosjean’s crew-mate Kevin Magnussen took eighth repute before Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg. 

2019 FIA Formulation One Abu Dhabi Tall Prix – Free Observe 1 

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 36.957 23 206.219

2 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull 1: 37.492 0.535 22 205.087

3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 37.591 0.634 20 204.879

4 Alexander Albon Crimson Bull 1: 38.084 1.127 23 203.849

5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 38.906 1.949 19 202.155

6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1: 39.146 2.189 18 201.666

7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 39.249 2.292 18 201.456

8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1: 39.350 2.393 19 201.252

9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 39.423 2.466 2 201.104

10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1: 39.505 2.548 22 200.938

11 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 39.628 2.671 18 200.690

12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1: 39.864 2.907 23 200.216

13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 39.888 2.931 17 200.168

14 Sergio Pérez Racing Point1: 39.901 2.944 17 200.142

15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1: 39.969 3.012 20 200.006

16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso1: 40.401 3.444 17 199.145

17 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1: 40.687 3.730 23 198.579

18 Robert Kubica Williams1: 40.792 3.835 21 198.372

19 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1: 40.850 3.893 12 198.258

20 George Russell Williams1: 41.362 4.405 24 197.257


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