ABU DHABI (Information) – Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes crew mate Lewis Hamilton in a observe one-two on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday earlier than being reprimanded for a collision with Haas driver Romain Grosjean.
FILE PHOTO: System One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 29, 2019 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas throughout observe Information/Hamad I Mohammed
The Finn, who was additionally quickest within the opening session, improved on his afternoon benchmark with a lap of 1 minute 36.256 seconds beneath the Yas Marina floodlights.
The 30-year-old was zero.310 seconds faster than Hamilton, who was third within the morning, and seemed sturdy across the 5.5km structure.
Hamilton, who wrapped up his sixth System One title two races in the past in Texas, stated he had struggled to get into rhythm however was additionally experimenting with a watch on 2020.
“I’ve been making an attempt to discover some new avenues with the automotive. We already know the place it really works nicely, so I’m pushing the automotive into completely different locations, simply making an attempt to see if there’s anyplace else I can exploit the automotive and the tyres for the long run,” he stated.
Bottas is ready to start out Sunday’s race from the again of the grid, nonetheless, with the Finn penalized for exceeding his engine allocation.
His second session was removed from flawless, with a uncommon coming along with Grosjean on a day when nothing is at stake.
The Mercedes suffered a damaged entrance wing after the Finn tried to dive via on the within of the Frenchman, whose automotive was additionally broken.
The stewards’ report stated Bottas had accepted duty. The reprimand was his first of the season.
“I believed he had seen me going for the overtake on the within, however by the point I noticed that he hadn’t seen me, there was no means for me to flee anymore,” stated Bottas.
Charles Leclerc, seventh within the first session, ended the day with the third quickest time forward of Ferrari crew mate Sebastian Vettel.
The 22-year-old Monegasque suffered a scare throughout the session, clouting the identical boundaries that Vettel had spun into solely hours earlier.
The German, who collided with Leclerc in an incident that put each Ferraris out of the final race in Brazil, had been fifth within the morning regardless of the smash that ended his session.
Max Verstappen, winner two weeks in the past in Brazil, dropped from second to fifth for Pink Bull forward of Thai crew mate Alexander Albon.
Grosjean was seventh forward of Racing Level’s Sergio Perez. Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly rounded out the highest 10 for Toro Rosso.
Each of Friday’s classes have been interrupted by pink flags with the collision between Bottas and Grosjean halting monitor motion briefly within the night.
An engine failure for Australian Daniel Ricciardo that noticed his Renault spit oil and hearth with Gasly shut behind was the day’s first interruption.
Vettel’s spin into the boundaries additionally halted the session.
“I used to be caught out a bit abruptly as I didn’t anticipate to spin. I knew moving into that I must catch the rear, but it surely didn’t fairly work, which was a bit unlucky,” stated the German.
Mercedes have received each race in Abu Dhabi since 2014 and Hamilton has received at Yas Marina a file 4 occasions.
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