Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel crashes as Valtteri Bottas top
His Ferrari overdue crashed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in clinic.
The German, who flew into Abu Dhabi following the birth of his third child, hit the wall and spun under the hotel circuit at Turn 19.
It ruined suspension and his wheel but Ferrari should repair the left-rear corner of this for the next session.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas establish the pace in what was a session that was low-key and inconclusive.
Vettel’s crash, that introduced the session to a close a few minutes , was caused when he caught the inside kerb a little too hard since he turned to the left-hander under the bridge that joins the two parts of the distinctive W hotel at the Yas Marina circuit.
The German was fourth fastest, 1.949 minutes slower than Bottas, whose greatest time was put on medium tyres at the start of a weekend where the Finn understands he’ll start from the back due to a grid penalty for using too many engine parts after his collapse at the last race in Brazil.
Bottas had been 0.535 minutes faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a session that was disrupted by a stoppage later Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault suffered engine failure.
While the automobile of Ricciardo was recovered by the the semester was previously red-flagged for 15 minutes.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest before Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.
The very first session at Abu Dhabi is often largely irrelevant concerning giving a read on disposition as it is run in the first afternoon, whereas race and qualifying are in dusk and therefore have very different cooler, track conditions.
And that was particularly the case that time, with Albon almost 0.5secs off Hamilton, who had been 0.6secs behind his team-mate, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further 0.1secs behind and Haas driver Romain Grosjean sixth ahead of the next Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.
A variety of groups were trying out components which are a part of the growth programme for 2020 – that will continue on Wednesday and Tuesday in the post-season Pirelli tyre test.
The second session, which starts at 17:00 local time (13:00 GMT), is a far more precise guide to the way the teams setup for this final race of the year.
Ricciardo’s engine failure in a high-mileage power-unit that was due to be altered for Saturday anyway – muddied the waters.
The Renault deposited a lot of oil in the corner and over Pierre Gasly after Toro Rosso – and cement dust was put down to soak this up.
That meant the track was in condition for the last laps, if in any situation teams could have switched to fuel loads for race preparation.