Vettel sets fastest lap in Abu Dhabi tyre test
Sebastian Vettel has set the fastest lap of the two-day Abu Dhabi tyre test on the final day of on-track Formula 1 action for 2017.
Despite a spin which saw him make contact with the barriers, Vettel used Pirelli’s new hypersoft compound to lap the Yas Marina Circuit in 1:37.551s during the morning.
His time best his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s Day 1 benchmark and anyone else on Day 2.
Valtteri Bottas was second-fastest and nearly a second away in the Mercedes, and Max Verstappen third-fastest in the Red Bull.
Robert Kubica was back in action in the Williams, taking on hypersoft tyres for a later-day effort which put him seventh-fastest.
Sergey Sirotkin had driven the FW40 earlier in the day and set his personal best lap on soft tyres, good enough for 10th-fastest.
Charles Leclerc drove the Sauber, the team which he is expected to drive for next year, to 11th with a day-high 149 laps.
New McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris was 12th-fastest as he performed development work for Pirelli.
Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly shared the Toro Rosso to 13th and 14th respectively.
Results: Abu Dhabi tyre test: Day 2
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1:38.736||132|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1:38.818||52|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1:39.148||72|
|13||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1:43.345||61|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||1:44.827||63|