Bottas first test day, Ocone return, Vettl collision
Valtteri Bottas [Mercedes] set the fastest time on the first day of post-season testing as they take place at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. The Finn was faster than Sebastian Vettl [Ferrari] in a bad second, with Daniil Kvyat [Toro Rosso] in third place.
Post-season testing has begun today in Abu Dhabi, with racers testing Pirelli tires to race on the season 2020…
The dominance of Mercedes on the Yas Marina track was continued by Valtteri Bottas on the first day of testing, which was almost a second faster than Sebastian Vettl. The Ferrari racer was leading most of the day, but in the afternoon the German spun after colliding with Sergi Perez, braking in . bend.
Behind the wheel of Renault, Esteban Ocon made his debut, replacing Nico Hulkenberg in the French team next year. The young Frenchman drove off in his first working day 77 circles, and ended the day in eighth place.
Due to technical problems, the first test day ended prematurely for Kimmy Raikkonen [Alfa Romeo].
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1: 11. 124||138|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||1: 11. 991||0. 867||136|
|3||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1: 12. 183||1. 50||72|
|4||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1: 12. 434||1. 310||120|
|5||Romain Grosjean||Haas||1: 37. 526||2. 402||146|
|6||Lando Norris||McLaren||1: 37. 741||2. 617||125|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1: 37. 926||2. 802||153|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Renault||1: 37. 962||2. 838||77|
|9||George Russell||Williams||1: 38. 280||3. 244||87|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1: 38. 838||3. 779||93|
|Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso||1: 39. 640||4. 516||67|
|10||Roy Nissany||Williams||1: 40. 640||7. 636||39|