F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 Times from Friday’s Practice
Valtteri Bottas topped the time-sheets in FP2 at the 2018 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday, pushing Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen into 2nd by 0.044 secs.
Mr. Bottas’ lap time of 1 min, 37.236 secs had him finish 0.192 ahead of 3rd-fastest Daniel Ricciardo and 0.207 clear of MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton in 4th.
Mr. Verstappen was almost half a sec faster than any other driver in FP1 with a best lap of 1:38.491 at the Yas Marina Circuit.
On the basis of the 2nd 90 mins of practice here Friday, Sunday’s race should be tight.
The Ferraris (NYSE:RACE) of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished the session in 5th and 6th, respectively, with just a 0.333-sec spread across the Top 3 F1 teams
Mr. Bottas will aim to turn his Friday practice pace into a 1st Grand Prix victory of the season.
The battle for Pole is set to be tight, and whoever ends up on the front of the grid will have an excellent chance of prevailing come Sunday.
Fernando Alonso, 37 anni, signed off his final Friday practice session in F1 by finishing 13th fastest, nearly 1.5 secs down from Mr. Bottas.
The 2X world champion’s aim Sunday will likely be to just finish the race. He has been forced to retire in 2 of the last 3 races, but was able to finish 16th last time out in Brazil 2 weekends ago.
Mr. Alonso is taking his leave of the sport following Sunday’s race, he said: “Right now it’s difficult to think about coming back but the door is not closed. The first reason is I don’t know how I will feel next year. I’ve been doing this for my whole life.
“Maybe next year, by April or May, I am desperate, on the sofa, so you know, maybe I find a way to somehow come back. But it’s not the initial idea. It’s more about myself. If I come back it’s not for any particularly or the line or something that has to happen, it’s more how I feel in the middle of next year.”
UK viewers can watch every session live on Sky Sports F1. Check local listings for all other territories
For US viewers, all of this weekend’s sessions are live on ESPN, all times Eastern
Saturday — Qualifying
Practice 3 — Saturday, Nov. 24, 4:55a– ESPN2
Qualifying — Saturday, Nov. 24, 7:55a– ESPN2
Sunday — Race
On The Grid — Sunday, Nov. 24, 7:30a — ESPN2
Race — Sunday, Nov. 25, 8:05a — ESPN2
Encore — Sunday, Nov. 25, 9:00p. — ESPNEWS
Encore — Monday, Nov. 26, 12:30a — ESPN2
Tune in and enjoy the racing.