Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull covered by a tenth in first practice

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix first practice

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Sebastian Vettel headed the times in a close first practice session at Yas Marina.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice in pictures
With track temperatures reaching 43C, considerably higher than are expected for Sunday’s race, Vettel set a quickest time which was just two-tenths of a second slower than last year’s pole position time. The Ferrari driver lapped the track almost four seconds quicker than anyone did in the same session last year.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were close behind, the trio covered by just 0.148 seconds and all setting their quickest times on the ultra-soft tyres.

Fourth-quickest Kimi Raikkonen began the session with a large aerodynamic rig attached to his Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas was fifth but Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was only tenth. He was separated from the rest of the ‘big six’ by Sergio Perez, the McLarens and Felipe Massa.

The second Force India was driven by Mercedes junior driver George Russell, who ended the session just outside the top ten in 11th place.

Conditions were dusty and slippery around parts of the track which led to several drivers spinning. Romain Grosjean made light contact with a barrier in his Haas, Antonio Giovinazzi spun the team’s other car and Nico Hulkenberg also lost control of his Renault at turn 14.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’39.006 22
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’39.126 0.120 24
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’39.154 0.148 15
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.518 0.512 22
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’39.741 0.735 29
6 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’40.293 1.287 23
7 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’40.522 1.516 19
8 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1’40.569 1.563 14
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’40.723 1.717 26
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’40.773 1.767 29
11 35 George Russell Force India-Mercedes 1’41.131 2.125 26
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’41.306 2.300 23
13 18 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’41.581 2.575 26
14 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.646 2.640 28
15 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’41.748 2.742 23
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.752 2.746 25
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’41.864 2.858 26
18 50 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas-Ferrari 1’42.065 3.059 21
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.344 3.338 27
20 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Renault 1’42.585 3.579 35

First practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’39.006

+0.120 Lewis Hamilton – 1’39.126

+0.148 Max Verstappen – 1’39.154

+0.512 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’39.518

+0.735 Valtteri Bottas – 1’39.741

+1.287 Sergio Perez – 1’40.293

+1.516 Fernando Alonso – 1’40.522

+1.563 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’40.569

+1.717 Felipe Massa – 1’40.723

+1.767 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’40.773

+2.125 George Russell – 1’41.131

+2.300 Romain Grosjean – 1’41.306

+2.575 Lance Stroll – 1’41.581

+2.640 Pierre Gasly – 1’41.646

+2.742 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’41.748

+2.746 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’41.752

+2.858 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’41.864

+3.059 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’42.065

+3.338 Marcus Ericsson – 1’42.344

+3.579 Brendon Hartley – 1’42.585

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

Best times by tyre

Driver Team Best ultra-soft time Ultra-soft gap Best super-soft time Super-soft gap Best soft time Soft gap
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’39.126 0.12 None 1’41.135
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’39.741 0.735 1’42.652 2.138 None
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1’40.773 1.767 None 2’37.286 56.151
Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’39.154 0.148 1’40.514 None
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’39.006 None None
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.518 0.512 None None
Sergio Perez Force India 1’40.293 1.287 None None
George Russell Force India 1’41.131 2.125 None 1’42.196 1.061
Felipe Massa Williams 1’40.723 1.717 None None
Lance Stroll Williams 1’41.581 2.575 None 1’42.812 1.677
Fernando Alonso McLaren 1’40.522 1.516 None None
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1’40.569 1.563 1’41.373 0.859 None
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1’42.585 3.579 1’44.118 3.604 None
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1’41.646 2.64 1’42.391 1.877 None
Romain Grosjean Haas 1’41.306 2.3 None 1’42.574 1.439
Antonio Giovinazzi Haas 1’42.065 3.059 None 1’43.530 2.395
Nico Hulkenberg Renault None 1’41.864 1.35 None
Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault None 1’41.748 1.234 None
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1’42.344 3.338 None None
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1’41.752 2.746 None 1’43.672 2.537

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10 comments on “Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull covered by a tenth in first practice”

  1. Was this the last ever free to air FP1?

    1. One more year in the UK I believe.

    2. Was this the last ever free to air FP1?

      F1 moving indoors?

    3. @ Egonovi

      ofcourse not, next year F1 will purchase the air that it intakes, this will be the last year it gets air for free.

    4. In the UK at least, F1 has one more year with some coverage on free-to-air television:

      https://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/03/23/uk-lose-live-free-air-f1-2019-sky/

      Other countries have free-to-air deals which go beyond that.

      1. Thanks for that Keith.

  2. Free to air isn’t exactly free anyway, is it? Here in Canada there is no option to buy F1 coverage separately, it is part of the satellite package we pay for. TSN gives us the Sky feed and it’s the best coverage we’ve ever had. So for us we’re at about $1500 annually for all the channels we subscribe to. TSN can be had cheaper as it is included in packages having fewer channels than we choose to have, and price depends on if you want some or all channels in HD too. You’d still be into about a grand a year anyway. That’s what it is for us in Canada and I’m very happy with it and hope it continues.

  3. Is K Mag the only driver in the V6 era to have driven the cars powered by all the engine suppliers ?
    in 2014, he drove McMercedes
    in 2015, he drove McHonda ( in Australia)
    in 2016, he drove Renault
    in 2017, he drove Haas powered by Ferrari.

    I find this interesting.

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