Before starting the Abu Dhabi round, I’d like to make you all my apologies for this long silence. I’m back now. Regarding the last FP1 of the year, both Silver Arrows are ahead in front of Ferrari. You can find the summary below…
Data: 1st GP in 2009 (poleman=Lewis Hamilton with McLaren in 1’40”948 and winner=Sebastian Vettel with Red Bull), it’s an anticlockwise track, jetlag=+3h in Abu-Dhabi, soft and supersoft tyres, 5,554 km, turns=12 at left and 9 at right, 55 laps, DRS=between the turns 7 & 8 and between the turns 10 & 11
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 28°C ; T. track: 33-35°C ; humidity rate: 55-58% and wind speed: 2,5m.s (south)
Lewis Hamilton led in 1’43’’476 in FP1 in 2014 and he has done it again today (1’43’’754). Abu-Dhabi celebrates its 44th anniversary and the Briton thinks it’s a sign (it’s his number in F1). He absolutely wants to win the 2015 finale. This is his GP column: http://www.bbc.com/sport/features/34913981 Nico Rosberg, second (+0’’141s), set the first benchmark of the session at 1:11pm (1’55’’130). The German will use an old engine this weekend because Mercedes found a water leak on the one used in SP. Kimi Räikkönen, who confessed that he’s been pretty average this season, has been classified third (+0’’746s). Daniil Kvyat has occupied the fourth row. In Interlagos, Red Bull had the new V6 Renault but it was less competitive than the one without development. Oops! So they took back the old version. According to Christian Horner, they’ll announce their 2016 engine supplier in the next days. Sebastian Vettel, fifth, worked on some aero tests and mechanical set-up adjustments. Let’s note that he got the title « champion of champions » at the ROC last Saturday. He dedicated it to Michael Schumacher. http://www.express.de/sport/vettel-gewinnt-race-of-champions-23197032 Nico Hülkenberg has been sixth (+0’’997s). Sahara Force India will celebrated its 150th GP in F1 this weekend. Daniel Ricciardo has been more than 1 second slower than the leader (+1’’139s). Sergio Perez has appeared in eighth position. Both of Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa have been at the end of the top 10. Valtteri Bottas, eleventh, wants to find back the P4 at the WDC. Max Verstappen, twelfth, has outstripped both McLaren drivers (advantage for Jenson Button). The half of the components brought here by the team from Woking are for 2016, Fernando Alonso said. Carlos Sainz Jr, sixteenth, has been inserted between both Sauber boys (advantage for Felipe Nasr). Jolyon Palmer, in the seat of Romain Grosjean, completed 9 laps only because of a water leak (1:29pm). Bernie Ecclestone paid Lotus’ debts for they’re able to run in AD. Both Manors have been the good last ones (advantage for Will Stevens). The teams tested the soft tyres only in FP1.
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