Sport Ricciardo suffers engine failure at Abu Dhabi GP

00:50  30 november  2019
00:50  30 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Valtteri Bottas set the pace in Formula 1's opening Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice session, in which Daniel Ricciardo suffered an engine failure and Sebastian Vettel crashed late on.

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a close up of a man: Daniel Ricciardo © Getty Daniel Ricciardo Valtteri Bottas was fastest in the final Formula One Friday practice session of the season in Abu Dhabi, leading team mate and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two.

The Finn, who was also fastest in the opening session, improved on his afternoon benchmark with a lap of one minute 36.256 seconds under the Yas Marina floodlights.

The 30-year-old was 0.310 seconds quicker than Hamilton, who was third in the morning, and looked strong around the 5.5km layout.

An engine failure for Australian Daniel Ricciardo that saw his Renault spit oil and fire with Gasly close behind was the day's first interruption.

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Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo engine lets go spraying oil on the track and all over Pierre Gasly during the first practice session in Abu Dhabi . That shunt brought an end to the session, but it wasn't the only red flag of P1. Daniel Ricciardo suffered a dramatic engine failure in his Renault, with fire and then

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"It wasn't the smoothest Friday for us today. We missed a bit of running with the engine issue in the first session and, in the evening, we made some changes to the car," Ricciardo said.

"We were a bit off the pace, we haven't quite found the balance yet, so we'll be looking for some further tweaks ahead of qualifying.

"I'm feeling confident we'll get there and find the sweet spot to put us in a pretty good place for tomorrow and for the race."

Bottas is set to start Sunday's race from the back of the grid, however, with the Finn penalised for exceeding his engine allocation.

The championship runner-up's session was far from flawless, with Bottas and Haas driver Romain Grosjean in an unusual collision for a Friday when nothing is at stake.

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Daniel Ricciardo 's Renault sprays the track with oil and flames during FP1 at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, bringing out the red flags while marshals clean up the mess. Related. 0:46Now Playing. FP1: Daniel Ricciardo suffers spectacular engine failure .

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo suffered a hydraulic failure and retired on lap 22, a costly DNF for the Australian. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had been seven points behind him but his fourth was enough to secure fourth place in the championship. The second Red Bull of Max Verstappen was in fifth.


The Mercedes suffered a broken front wing after the Finn tried to dive through on the inside of the Frenchman, whose car was also damaged.

Charles Leclerc, seventh in the first session, ended the day with the third fastest time ahead of Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel.

The 22-year-old Monegasque suffered a scare during the session, clouting the same barriers that Vettel had spun into only hours earlier.

The German, who collided with Leclerc in an incident that put both Ferraris out of the last race in Brazil, had been fifth in the morning despite the smash that ended his session.


Max Verstappen, winner two weeks ago in Brazil, dropped from second to fifth for Red Bull ahead of Thai team mate Alexander Albon.

Grosjean was seventh ahead of Racing Point's Sergio Perez. Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

Both of Friday's sessions were interrupted by red flags with the collision between Bottas and Grosjean halting track action briefly in the evening.

Vettel's spin into the barriers also halted the session.

Mercedes have won every race in Abu Dhabi since 2014 and Hamilton, who wrapped up his sixth title two races ago in Austin, has won at Yas Marina a record four times.


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Daniel Ricciardo and Renault endured another frustrating race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The world championship was already in the bag but Lewis Hamilton signed off 2019 with a convincing win in Abu Dhabi, although there was perhaps more interest in Hamilton's off-track moves this weekend with speculation over his future with Mercedes.

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