ABU DHABI GP

 

 

Round 20 – Yas Marina. 23 – 25 Nov 

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 23rd 

FP1

0900 to 1030

0845 to 1050

0855 to 1035

 

FP2

1300 to 1430

1245 to 1455

1255 to 1500

Sat 24th

FP3

1000 to 1100

0945 to 1115

0955 to 1125

 

Qual

1300 to 1400-ish

1200 to 1430

1155 to 1445

Sun 25th

Race

1310 to 1440-ish

1130 to 1610

1200 to 1635

 

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Supersoft / Ultrasoft / Hypersoft

 

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Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

SuperSoft

UltraSoft

HyperSoft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

3

2

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

3

2

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2

3

8

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

3

8

Sergio Perez (Force India)

2

2

9

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

2

2

9

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

2

10

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

2

1

10

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

4

7

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

2

4

7

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

2

1

10

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

2

3

8

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

4

8

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

2

2

9

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

2

2

9

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

1

4

8

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

2

3

8

 

FP1:

As  usual, this is more of a test session than true practise for the race. Giovinazzi drove Leclerc’s car and Kubica drove Sirotkin’s. Kubica was doing more of a test than most others so his times are no reflection on him or the car.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m38.491s 

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m39.543s 

5

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

6

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

7

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

8

Vettel

Ferrari

 

9

Sainz

Renault

1m40.588s 

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m41.493s 

16

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

1m42.313s 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m42.992s 

 

FP2:

This session is usually much more representative of potential, in which case are Ferrari really struggling?

The session itself was fairly ordinary although we did see Leclerc exhibiting inexperience when he ran wide over a high kerb and then promptly ran back over it to regain the track when he could have driven around it, probably damaging the car(!), something Ferrari won’t appreciate if he does the same thing next year - especially as they watch Kimi run faster than Vettel so far this weekend!!!!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m37.236s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

6

Vettel

Ferrari

 

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m38.230s 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Sainz

Renault

 

13

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

15

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m39.502s 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m40.046s 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m40.935s 

 

FP3:

·      40 minutes in and Leclerc demonstrates his expertise to Ferrari again with a spin out of a 80mph corner, hitting the barrier and destroying his rear wing. Got out of the garage with a few minutes to spare at the end.

·      Ocon’s in the garage from his installation lap at the beginning until about 8 minutes from the end. Apparently it was an engine-related problem.

·      4 minutes to go and Ricciardo has pulled off the circuit with a rough-running engine – again!

·      And at the end Gasly, annoyed at Grosjean slowing on the racing line, pulls alongside, gesticulates with one hand while causing his car to drive into the Haas with the other. The stewards won’t like that…!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m37.176s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

 

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m38.090s 

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

9

Sainz

Renault

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

1m39.282s 

14

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

16

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

1m40.233s 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m41.182s 

 

Q1:

·      Fairly straightforward session except that as the evening temperatures established themselves so the track got a bit quicker enabling late runs by some of the normally slower cars to climb the timesheet.

·      Right at the end Gasly pulled over with smoke coming from his exhaust pipes.  Don’t know yet if tis will mean and unscheduled component change and a grid penalty .

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m36.775s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

7

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

11

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

12

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

13

Sainz

Renault

1m37.757s 

14

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m37.934s 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m37.994s 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m38.682s 

 

Q2:

Hamilton set a storming time on his first run and no one came close.  Track development continued so some drivers were still doing better than normal.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m35.693s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m36.732s

8

Raikkonen

Ferrari

9

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

10

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m36.964s

11

Sainz

Renault

1m36.982s

12

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

15

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

1m37.743s 

 

Q3:

Track temperature stabalsed somewhat so the order was pretty much what you might now expect.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m34.794s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m35.589s

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

8

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

9

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m36.542s

 

GRID:

Assuming no penalties, so this should be the grid…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

19

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

18

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

17

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

15

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

14

8

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

13

9

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

12

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

11

11

Sainz

Renault

10

12

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

9

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

 

14

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

7

 

15

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

6

 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

5

 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

4

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

3

 

19

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1

 

 

RACE:

·      Hulkenberg’s accident highlighted the problem with the halo in that once the car is upside down the driver has no gap between the rollover hoop and the cockpit surround through which he can escape. The car has to be turned at least on its side.  Hulkenberg’s car caught fire, admittedly a very unusual event these days, and the marshals were on the scene very quickly, but still…

·      Raikkonen’s engine cut out and his steering wheel display went blank, but evidently not a total failure as his radio still worked.  Maybe the car’s safety system cut in to switch stuff off before a catastrophic failure?

·      Ericsson had a standard electrical failure.

·      Ocon’s engine developed an oil leak.

·      Gasley’s Honda blew all it’s oil out over the pursuing car, Verstappen – who will have one of those engines in his Red Bull next year!!!

·      Hamilton drove a commanding race, Vettel’s Ferrari just didn’t have the oomph to catch him, and the Red Bulls did well, considering their power disadvantage, which was down to their cars being a lot easier on their tyres than the others.

·      As for the rest – McLaren and Williams better do better next year, is all I can say!

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

55

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

55

19

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

55

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

55

17

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

55

16

 

6

Sainz

Renault

55

15

 

7

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

55

14

 

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

55

13

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

54

12

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

54

11

 

11

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

54

10

 

12

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

54

9

 

13

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

54

8

 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

54

7

 

15

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

54

6

 

16

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

46

5

Engine

17

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

44

4

Oil leak

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

24

3

Electrical

19

Raikkonen

Ferrari

9

2

Electrical

20

Hulkenberg

Renault

0

1

Accident

 

 

 

 

© Ian Bushnell, 2018