Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas bag the poke in the 2d free note session for this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Expansive Prix in a session that change into red-flagged when Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo caught fire.

The opening segment of the 90-minute session change into devoted to running on a prototype Pirelli C4 compound tyres with drivers winding up a wanted eight laps on the reach rubber.

But all three main drivers didn’t bag their most productive instances on the delicate compound tyre as a Flip 1 off, note limits and encountering slower web page visitors cost the trio respectively.

When teams moved succor to the compounds on offer this weekend, Lewis Hamilton swiftly moved to the high of the timesheet with a lap of 1: 36.479s bag on medium tyres.

Bottas usurped his returning team-mate, on the opposite hand, with a lap of a 1: 36.276s on the identical compound and it wasz a lap that remained the benchmark till the chequered flag.

Hamilton moved to the delicate compound for a qualifying simulation nonetheless his most productive time on the red-banded tyres change into deleted for a note limits infringement in the closing nook.

Bottas then went out for his bustle nonetheless his flying lap change into furthermore compromised when made a tiny mistake in the first nook and ran huge.

The mistakes introduced the first session’s quickest man, Max Verstappen, with a risk to ranking a day one double nonetheless all over his flying lap he got here across the slower Racing Level automobile of Sergio Perez who change into on a longer bustle.

Verstappen did bag up one other bustle on softs nonetheless this time he too had the time deleted for running huge on the closing flip.

The teams then switched to long runs nonetheless those had been interrupted with 20 minutes left on the clock when Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo caught fire midway thru a lap. The Finn pulled over nonetheless the rear of his automobile change into mercurial engulfed in flames and the red flags had been proven.

The session change into halted for bigger than 10 minutes and when it change into restarted there had been now not as a lot as 5 minutes on the clock. Hamilton exited his garage for one other short bustle nonetheless he stopped in front of the Haas garage with a clutch suppose. With the wait on of his mechanics he change into able to procure going again nonetheless there change into runt to create from the marvelous minutes.

With the high three of Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen all having bag their most productive instances on medium tyres, the greatest of the delicate tyres runners change into Alex Albon. The Crimson Bull driver furthermore had a alternative of laps deleted for note limits violations nonetheless he sooner or later posted a most productive time of 1: 37.263 to consume fourth divulge ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Renault’s Esteban Ocon took sixth ahead of Pérez, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Racing Level’s Lance Stroll rounding out the high 10.

There change into pain in the session, too, for George Russell. The Williams had had to bring his Williams succor to the pitlane with a suspected MGU-K suppose.

2020 FIA System 1 Abu Dhabi Expansive Prix – Free Notice 2

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 36.276 28 207.677

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 36.479 0.203 30 207.240

3 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull/Honda 1: 37.046 0.770 30 206.030

4 Alexander Albon Crimson Bull/Honda 1: 37.263 0.987 33 205.570

5 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1: 37.438 1.162 29 205.201

6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1: 37.505 1.229 30 205.060

7 Sergio Pérez Racing Level/Mercedes 1: 37.506 1.230 35 205.058

8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 37.508 1.232 31 205.053

9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1: 37.508 1.232 29 205.053

10 Lance Stroll Racing Level/Mercedes 1: 37.560 1.284 29 204.944

11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 37.596 1.320 32 204.869

12 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1: 37.616 1.340 31 204.827

13 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 37.900 1.624 32 204.232

14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 38.068 1.792 28 203.883

15 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 38.198 1.922 32 203.613

16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1: 38.504 2.228 35 202.980

17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 38.564 2.288 31 202.857

18 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1: 38.817 2.541 24 202.337

19 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas/Ferrari 1: 39.027 2.751 25 201.908

20 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1: 39.132 2.856 31 201.694


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