Mercedes explains Hamilton hybrid derate, causing radio outburst
The Mercedes Formula 1 team is to review its energy deployment for when it next attempts a pitstop undercut after Max Verstappen’s re-pass in the Brazilian Grand Prix left Lewis Hamilton fuming. Hamilton jumped into the lead at the first pitstops by undercutting Verstappen at Interlagos, aided when Robert Kubica’s Williams hindered the RBR driver's exit, but he had used so much energy in so doing that he was unable to defend his position when Verstappen attacked at the start of the next lap. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
LIVE COVERAGE - First Practice in Abu Dhabi . Feature. Thursday’s Hot Topic: Mixed emotions as long F 1 season nears its end. After retiring from the Brazilian Grand Prix last time out, Mercedes made the decision to give Bottas a new internal combustion engine, MGU-H and turbocharger, forcing
FP3: Verstappen narrowly edges Hamilton and Bottas in final practice session of season. Max Verstappen bolted to the top of FP3 under the blazing sun at Yas Marina on Saturday afternoon in Abu Dhabi - but the Mercedes of Formula 1 etihad airways abu dhabi grand prix 2019.
Max Verstappen topped the final practice session of the 2019 Formula 1 season as three drivers lapped within a tenth ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying.
The Red Bull driver improved with less than five minutes to go to deny Mercedes a 1-2 in FP3, heading Lewis Hamilton by 0.074 seconds and Valtteri Bottas by 0.089s.
Ferrari was less competitive in terms of outright pace, as neither of its drivers lapped within four tenths of Verstappen's benchmark, but used medium tyres instead of a second set of softs.
Hamilton was quickest after the first round of soft-tyre runs, comfortably clear of Bottas, though suffered a lock-up into the first chicane that caused him to abort his next flying lap.
Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collision
UK-MOTOR-F1-FERRARI:Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collisionTeam boss Mattia Binotto said after the race at Interlagos that there would be a review with the drivers at the Maranello factory to go through what went on and how to prevent any recurrence.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Arabic: سباق جائزة أبوظبي الكبرى) is a Formula One motor race. It was announced in early 2007 at the Abu Dhabi F 1 Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
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He did not set a quicker time than his 1m36.640s afterwards but remained on top despite a big improvement from Bottas that brought him just 0.015s slower than Hamilton.
Verstappen trailed Hamilton by 0.089s at this point but completed a second flying lap on his second set of softs late on to vault both Mercedes and top the last free practice session of the year.
Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon backed up Verstappen in fourth, 0.361s off the pace and ahead of the medium-shod Ferraris.
An early run for Albon had been ruined in a near-miss with Nico Hulkenberg's Renault, which was running slowly and partly on the racing line after the blind, fast Turn 16 that leads into the slow Turn 17 right-hander.
Leclerc explains outcome of Ferrari talks
Charles Leclerc says he and Sebastian Vettel must be "less aggressive" when racing each other in future after their Brazil tangle.With Vettel absent from Thursday's media day in Abu Dhabi after the birth of his third child, it was left to Leclerc to explain the outcome of discussions between the team and drivers back at their Italian headquarters last week.
FP 1 HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix . 2019 champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he struggled to find any rhythm across Friday’s two practice sessions at the Yas Marina Circuit, with 2020-focused set-up experiments forcing the Mercedes driver to take himself out of his comfort zone.
If first practice was anything to go by, this Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is going to be another closely-contested affair. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topped the session, but Mercedes ’ Lewis Hamilton was only a tenth behind, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen just
Both drivers have been summoned to see the stewards.
Sebastian Vettel won the Ferrari fight for fifth with a 1m36.975s ahead of Leclerc's 1m37.010s. Leclerc did not have a second set of softs to use as he was forced to use an extra set in FP2, after he had hit the wall and damaged the right-rear wheel and tyre.
Behind the big three teams, Sergio Perez led the midfield battle for Racing Point and lapped within a second of Verstappen.
Daniel Ricciardo was fractionally slower in his Renault, while McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr and Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly made it four team in the final four places in the top 10.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m36.566s||-||15|
|4||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1m36.927s||0.361s||18|
|7||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m37.516s||0.950s||16|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m37.691s||1.125s||22|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m37.736s||1.170s||17|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m37.963s||1.397s||18|
|15||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m38.462s||1.896s||16|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m38.514s||1.948s||21|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m38.782s||2.216s||18|
Hamilton's explosive Verstappen claim .
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has dropped a bombshell in relation to the future of Max Verstappen.Both Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas are off contract at the end of next season, as is Verstappen at Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo at Renault.