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Pink Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen location the quickest lap of the outlet observe for the final round of the 2020 FIA System One World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Gigantic Prix, as Lewis Hamilton executed fifth on the timesheet as he returned to the cockpit for Mercedes following his recovery from COVID-19. 

Hamilton achieved his 10-day quarantine in Bahrain and after returning a possibility of unfavourable tests became free to tear to Abu Dhabi following affirmation from the authorities that he could pause so. Mercedes confirmed he returned a extra unfavourable take a look at on arrival and thus he is eligible to compete this weekend.

However, despite the champion’s return, it became Verstappen who led the manner in the sunlight hours session at Yas Marina Circuit, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas 2d and final weekend’s first-time podium finisher Esteban Ocon of Renault third. 

Bottas location early tempo on at ease compound Pirellis however when Verstappen eventually bolted on the crimson-banded compound after preserving off them early on he took top situation with around half of an hour left in the session. 

The Pink Bull driver logged a finest time of 1: 37.378s to edge Bottas by dazzling 0.034 seconds. Ocon who executed 2d at the Bahrain Global Circuit final weekend continued his latest scoot of factual produce with a time 1.1 seconds off Verstappen’s time.

It became a much less a success outing for the Frenchman’s group-mate Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand. The Australian, who’s making his final appearance for Renault before a change to McLaren in 2021, suffered a gas tension discipline early on and achieved dazzling four laps. 

2d Pink Bull driver Alex Albon took fourth situation on the timesheet however he ended the session 1.169s in the abet of group-mate Verstappen. The Thai driver moreover suffered a fade Turns 12/13 in an otherwise error-free session. 

Hamilton took fifth situation alongside with his finest time coming on laborious compound tyres. In all, he achieved 20 laps on his return to responsibility for Mercedes. 

Racing Point drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez executed sixth and seventh respectively ahead of the AlphaTauri pair of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, while Kimi Raikkonen achieved the pinnacle 10 for Alfa Romeo.

In other places, Mick Schumacher made his mountainous prix weekend debut alongside with his 2021 group Haas. The FIA System 2 champion executed 18th with a finest of 1: 41.235, which build him practically 3 2d obvious of group-mate Pietro Fittipaldi who’s all over again standing in for the injured Romain Grosjean this weekend. 

2020 FIA System 1 Abu Dhabi Gigantic Prix – Free Mumble 1

1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull/Honda 1: 37.378 26 205.327

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 37.412 0.034 32 205.256

3 Esteban Ocon Renault 1: 38.515 1.137 34 202.957

4 Alexander Albon Pink Bull/Honda 1: 38.547 1.169 25 202.892

5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 38.744 1.366 24 202.487

6 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 38.831 1.453 25 202.308

7 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 38.956 1.578 25 202.053

8 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 39.150 1.772 27 201.658

9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 39.160 1.782 30 201.637

10 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 39.199 1.821 22 201.558

11 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1: 39.330 1.952 27 201.292

12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 39.344 1.966 25 201.264

13 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1: 39.352 1.974 28 201.248

14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 39.670 2.292 19 200.605

15 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 39.905 2.527 19 200.134

16 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1: 40.446 3.068 24 199.056

17 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1: 41.063 3.685 27 197.840

18 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1: 41.235 3.857 23 197.504

19 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas/Ferrari 1: 44.069 6.691 24 192.126

20 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 3 


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