Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

Friday analysis - more grip to come from Yas Marina Circuit 01 Nov 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 with aero paint on sidepod.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 1 November 2013

There were several off-track incidents in FP1 in Abu Dhabi as the Yas Marina track stayed very green despite GP2 and GP3 practice beforehand, and steadfastly refused to rubber in. Things were slightly better in the afternoon session, when the difference between the medium and soft Pirellis was around 1.5s per lap. We take a team-by-team look at the Friday formbook…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 44.499s, P3/1m 41.335s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 44.712s, P4/1m 41.490s, P2

Vettel said he was pleased with a day which raised no issues, and that he expects Lotus to be very quick this weekend. Webber likewise had few problems, and said he thought the soft tyre would fare better here than it did in India last week.

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 44.433s, P2/1m 41.690s. P3
Nico Rosberg, 1m 44.741s, P5/1m 41.758s. P5

Hamilton was quite pleased with how FP2 went as it is more a reflection of the race conditions than FP1, especially as the drop in temperature generates understeer. He thought he had a reasonable day, albeit with plenty of work to do overnight. Rosberg said he felt his car had better rhythm on the mediums, and that the tyres were on the edge of one- or two-stop strategies.

Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 44.929s, P6/1m 41.726s, P4
Romain Grosjean, 1m 44.241s, P1/1m 42.607s, P12

Raikkonen said he thought the short-wheelbase E21 felt good on the track even though he didn’t get to back-to-back it with the longer version. He complained of understeer, however. Grosjean was fastest in FP1, but lost time in the afternoon with brake problems and a bad vibration. When it was behaving, however, he said his car felt good.

McLaren
Sergio Perez, 1m 45.331s, P10/1m 42.006s, P6
Jenson Button, 1m 45.099s, P8/1m 42.010s, P7

Both drivers were happy with the direction of McLaren’s set-up and Perez said he doesn’t plan to change much on his MP4-28. Button said his car was good on the soft tyres but then lost a lot of time in FP2 with what was originally thought to be a rear puncture. It transpired that it was a sensor failure, and several parts had to be replaced after overheating during his enforced slow run back to the pits. Nevertheless, McLaren are looking good again, and their recent upswing continues.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 45.440s, P12/1m 42.171s, P8
Felipe Massa, 1m 46.124s, P17/1m 42.440s, P10

Ferrari had a dismal day and both Alonso and Massa admitted that they seemed to be less competitive than expected, even though the F138s were better on the medium tyres than they had been in India.

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 45.378s, P11/1m 42.324s, P9
Esteban Gutierrez, 1m 46.068s, P15/1m 42.509s, P11

Both drivers were not only happy with the end result after a day of trying different set-ups, but were also very closely matched as Gutierrez continued to show strongly improved form.

Force India
Adrian Sutil (pm only), 1m 42.998s, P15
Paul di Resta 1m 45.040s, P7/1m 42.806s, P13
James Calado (am only), 1m 45.924s, P14

Di Resta was pleased with his car’s balance in FP1, but a front-left brake failure in FP2 created a major interruption to the team’s progress for the rest of the day. The Scot’s car required repairs, while Sutil, who had not run in FP1, lost further time as the brake material on his car was changed. Calado did another great job in FP1 in the German’s car, and his time was the sixth best when he set it. He then switched to comparison work, but suffered high tyre degradation on the mediums in the final sector.

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 45.150s, P9/1m 42.952s, P14
Valtteri Bottas, 1m 45.823s, P13/1m 43.565s, P18

Maldonado ran a 2014 aero development package in FP1 as Bottas’ FW35 retained the standard configuration. The Venezuelan’s package was deemed to be better, and both cars will use it tomorrow.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 46.126s, P18/1m 43.152s, P16
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 46.114s, P16/1m 43.271s, P17

Both drivers said they could be happy if they ignored the unimpressive lap times, but admitted that they were struggling to get their STR8s balanced in the slippery conditions.

Caterham
Giedo van der Garde (pm only), 1m 44.138s, P19
Charles Pic, 1m 47.600s, P19/1m 44.525s, P21
Heikki Kovalainen (am only), 1m 47.670s, P20

Van der Garde suffered a lot of brake locking on his car after taking it over from Kovalainen, who ran it in FP1. He also had understeer as the front tyres failed to retain their heat. The Finn had found the CT03 knife-edgy for much of FP1, and by the time it was dialled in the rear tyres were well past their best. In contrast to Van der Garde, Pic said his car was far too pointy for his liking as he spent the day dialling out front-end grip; by the end, however, he then had too much understeer.

Marussia
Jules Bianchi, 1m 47.723s, P21/1m 44.459s, P20
Max Chilton (pm only), 1m 45.565s, P22
Rodolfo Gonzalez (am only), 1m 49.565s

Bianchi was pretty happy with some new aero parts and revised suspension and was competitive with the Caterhams all day. Chilton missed the morning session when Gonzalez ran his car, then had a problem when the left-front brake duct detached itself and later a spin when he took over for FP2. That compromised his set-up time, leaving him and his engineers plenty of overnight work.

For tickets and travel to 2013 FORMULA 1 races, click here.
For FORMULA 1 merchandise, click here.