Vettel sets fastest lap in Abu Dhabi tyre test

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Thursday 30th November, 2017 - 7:57am

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Sebastian Vettel

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

Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.551 118
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.490 141
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
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:39.444 109
7 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1:39.485 28
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:39.782 105
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:39.810 124
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1:39.947 86
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1:40.666 149
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Honda 1:41.714 118
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1:43.345 61
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1:44.827 63

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