2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday in Tweets

2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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A busy first day of action at Yas Marina saw Williams shedding their skin, Fernando Alonso coming to a stop – and a new GP3 champion crowned during a qualifying session.

Here’s how the final Friday of the season unfolded on Twitter.

After two races of absence, Kamui Kobayashi and Caterham made a return to the grid, helped by crowdfunding donations.

First practice

The winner of last week’s Formula Three Macau Grand Prix is not impressed by the Yas Marina circuit.

Williams had to remove Martini branding and the red stripes from their cars due to alcohol laws. They had problems with that part of the car in the morning session as Valtteri Bottas’ engine cover fell off and Felipe Massa’s came loose.

Adderly Fong made his practice debut for Sauber.

With technical problems, Jenson Button was on Twitter before the morning session ended.

Red Bull’s Alex Lynn clinched the GP3 title in qualifying.

Second practice

McLaren tested a new front wing, which has been built under direction of former Red Bull engineer Peter Prodromou.

Formula 1’s website momentarily showed two wrong drivers in the practice results.

Pits and paddock


McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne took another pole position in GP2.

European Formula Three champion Esteban Ocon was pleased with his first practice outing.

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5 comments on “2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday in Tweets”

  1. I don’t understand why a 2014 engine with 0% upgrades would not be legal in 2015, what’s up ?

    1. If I read it correctly it’s because one engine manufacturer is allowed to have just one homologated PU/engine spec per season, but of course rivals wouldn’t stand in the way to allow Caterham be on the grid with the old spec as it should be worse by development standards.

    2. As @hunocsi mentions, the current rules do not allow for the Manufacturers to supply different spec engines to teams. It was meant to protect the customers from getting a toned down version, and maybe also to put some limit on cost @hohum.

      I would say its possible that if Renault is willing to offer their “old” package for a reduced price, this is not a bad solution for a team like Caterham currently (a bit like Minardi/STR being grandted dispensation to run the old V10 one year to save cost for having to redo the car)

  2. Red Bulls’s “Red Bull Gives You Wings.” Tweet is just priceless :)

    1. It’s shocking just how identical McLaren’s FW is to Red Bull’s. Throughtout FP sessions, the commentators went on about it, but I just thought it would have a minor resemblance – I didn’t realize that photoshopping the colors out of RBR’s wing and throwing on silver would give you McLaren’s wing!

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