Abu Dhabi GP Practice Two: Valtteri Bottas fastest before Romain Grosjean clash

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Valtteri Bottas ready at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by setting the speed in both practice sessions on Friday, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Armed with a fresh but penalty-triggering motor for the season finale after having a rare Mercedes failure in Brazil, Bottas claimed his benefit from P1 using a fastest lap of P2 of 1:36.256.
That had been three tenths of a second quicker than Leclerc and the Hamilton from the’twilight’ day conditions of this desert.
However, Bottas was involved in an Friday crash together with Haas’ Romain Grosjean on the 2 cars the race runs and damage that was sustaining.
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There was only 0.076s breaking Hamilton and Leclerc in the conclusion of Friday, even though the latter earlier tagging exactly the exact hurdles that team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed right into through the very first session.
Vettel prevented any P2 dramas, nevertheless, and has been 0.4s away from the pace in fourth.
Interlagos victors Red Bull seem as though they may be playing catch up in Abu Dhabi after Max Verstappen completed half a second off the pace .
“I believe we’ve got a good battle on our hands between Mercedes and Ferrari,” predicted Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok.
“I wouldn’t yet discount Verstappen.”
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