Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
25 November

Free Practice
RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P7 1:44.556 27 laps P5 1:44.005 27 laps
Weather: air 33/34 °C, asphalt 40/43 °C. Sunny
Second Session P6 1:41.464 34 laps P3 1:41.130 31 laps
Weather: air 24/28 °C, asphalt 28/33 °C. Clear skies
Kimi Raikkonen
Today we had a very normal Friday practice, trying different things. The car was working pretty fine: it’s just that I could not put a decent lap together, but overall it was a “basic” day. We had some tire graining, but this is very normal on the first day on track and it was not a big issue, as it’s going to change for the race. Now we just have to work here and there and we should be ok.
Sebastian Vettel
I am fairly happy with the day. Obviously, it is not ideal to have a gearbox issue on Friday, but I am not worried and it shouldn’t have any impact on the weekend. In general it was a very good Friday. This afternoon P1 was somewhat tricky, as we struggled a bit on the hot track. But during P2 in the evening things calmed down, the car also calmed down, it was quite good and I was happy. In the long run I struggled a bit with the front end, maybe I was a bit too aggressive, but overall the car felt good. To be honest, i think we should have a good pace. Hopefully tomorrow we have a similar feeling in Quali and put the car where it belongs.