FP2: Mercedes smashes rivals in the second practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuitae

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton led the second practice session for the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the Finn having the upper hand over his returning team mate.

Renault had a difficult start to its day as Daniel Ricciardo was forced to park his car after just two laps. With the technical problems being only a minor issue, the team easily found a fix and the Australian could get himself up to speed at the Yas Marina Circuit. Esteban Ocon ended up third fastest, three places ahead of his Perth-born team mate, but the team conceded that the race pace of its car needs to be corrected overnight.

Ferrari found itself in the midfield once again. While Charles Leclerc, who finished in P8, was relatively delighted with the balance of his car, his team mate Sebastian Vettel said that "we have still not managed to get the tyres into the right operating window, especially when it comes to the Softs." The Monegasque will complete the season finale with a special helmet design with which he pays tribute to his four-time world champion team mate.


Alfa Romeo returned to the track with its usual line-up for the second practice after reserve driver Robert Kubica got behind the wheel of the Antonio Giovinazzi's car. The Italian ended up 17th fastest, three places behind his team mate Kimi Räikkönen. The session ended prematurely for the Finn as big flames came out of the back of his car which brought a temporary halt to the practice.

At Haas, things were rather busy today. The day saw Mick Schumacher make his official debut with the American team at a grand prix weekend after his FP1 run at the Eifel Grand Prix was called off due to poor weather conditions. The German's run meant that Kevin Magnussen had to sit out the first practice while Pietro Fittipaldi could continue to get acquainted with the VF-20.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:36.27628
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:36.479+0.203s30
333Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:37.046+0.770s30
423Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:37.263+0.987s33
54Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:37.438+1.162s29
631Esteban OconRENAULT1:37.505+1.229s30
711Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:37.506+1.230s35
816Charles LeclercFERRARI1:37.508+1.232s31
93Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:37.508+1.232s29
1018Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:37.560+1.284s29
1126Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:37.596+1.320s32
1255Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:37.616+1.340s31
1310Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:37.900+1.624s32
147Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:38.068+1.792s28
155Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:38.198+1.922s32
1620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:38.504+2.228s35
1799Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:38.564+2.288s31
1863George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:38.817+2.541s24
1951Pietro FittipaldiHAAS FERRARI1:39.027+2.751s25
206Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:39.132+2.856s31