Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas top despite bizarre Grosjean crash
Lewis Hamilton was led by valtteri Bottas to Some Mercedes one-two in 2nd practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Bottas had been 0.310 minutes ahead of Hamilton, who was 0.076secs quicker than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as the year’s final race weekend started.
Bottas had an crash for a practice session once he and Haas’ Romain Grosjean collided at a chicane.
The Finn dived at the conclusion of the long straight that was 2nd for the inside in never seen him and Grosjean turned.
Both cars suffered damage and showered the circuit together with debris, causing the session to be stopped for just seven minutes while the track was removed.
Bottas was around Yas Marina on Friday on shape, fastest in the two sessions, but the Finn includes a grid punishment for excessive engine use and will begin the race from the rear of the grid.
Underneath the Finn, Hamilton, Leclerc and also the second Ferrari of all Sebastian Vettel were covered by only 0.125secs, together with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fifth and 0.435secs off Bottas’ pace but nearly half a second before his team-mate Alexander Albon.
In an unusual feature, the Ferrari drivers’ instances were put on a second lap, so the group opting to conduct two sets of tyres on low fuel in contrast to the usual one.
And Leclerc’s time came following a heavy brush with the hurdles on his very first run at Turn 19, where team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed from the very first session.
Though he was able to twist while avoiding hitting anything, alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi came to grief at Turn 19.
Mercedes finished the session emphasising their strength with a few impressive rate on the race-simulation runs, the tyre that was soft quicker than Verstappen and Leclerc while running .