2018 Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test, Day 1

27.
November 2018
Abu Dhabi

Valtteri back on track in Abu Dhabi for season-ending Pirelli tyre testing

Date:                           Tuesday 27 November 2018

Driver:                         Valtteri Bottas

Circuit:                        Yas Marina Circuit

Circuit Length:            5.554 km

Laps Completed:         120

Distance Covered:       666.480 km

Best Lap Time:             1:37.231

Valtteri completed 120 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday at the wheel of the championship winning Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The team returned to the venue of last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, testing Pirelli’s new range of tyres for 2019.

  • The Finn set the second fastest time of the day, a 1:37.231, on the HyperSoft tyre
  • He completed 120 untroubled laps of the Yas Marina Circuit (666.480 km)
  • The main focus of the day was collecting data on the 2019 tyre compounds

Valtteri Bottas

Overall, a good day of testing here in Abu Dhabi. We completed our programme without any issues and we were able to do some long and short runs on a mix of the new Pirelli compounds. We can see some differences to this year’s tyres but we have all winter to work on understanding the new tyres from all the knowledge we are gaining from this test. I’m sure Pirelli will learn a lot from these two days of testing as well. We’ll be back on track tomorrow for the final time this year.

Andrew Shovlin

Today was about gathering data on the 2019 tyres and understanding how they differ to the 2018 tyres we’ve used this year. We’ll continue our programme with Valtteri tomorrow with more of a focus on the performance and degradation of each of the compounds.  This work is important as we need to select tyres for the early races based on the information we find at this test. It was a good day of running and the car ran without any issues.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps Completed

Best Lap Time

1

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Ferrari

67

1:36.812

2

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

120

1:37.231

3

Lance Stroll (18)

Force India

56

1:37.415

4

Max Verstappen (33)

Red Bull

131

1:37.947

5

Sergio Perez (11)

Force India

67

1:37.976

6

Lando Norris (47)

McLaren

135

1:38.187

7

Nico Hülkenberg (27)

Renault

128

1:38.789

8

Pietro Fittipaldi (51)

Haas

54

1:39.201

9

Robert Kubica (40)

Williams

32

1:39.269

10

George Russell (63)

Williams

42

1:39.512

11

Kimi Räikkönen (7)

Sauber

102

1:39.878

12

Sean Gelael (38)

Toro Rosso

150

1:40.435

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