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Vettel fastest as 2017 track action comes to a close

29 Nov 2017

Sebastian Vettel ensured Ferrari ended the final day of track running in 2017 on top as Pirelli's tyre test concluded in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Making full use of the Italian manufacturer’s new hypersoft tyre, the German lapped Yas Marina in 1m 37.551s during the morning session - a marker that no one was able to beat over the remainder of the day.

Vettel was one of eight drivers to rack up more than 100 laps on the day, though he was lucky to escape without major damage earlier on after a spin saw him tag the barriers.

Sunday’s race winner Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were second and third respectively, with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon - sharing driving duties for Force India - completing the top five.

Sixth place went to Renault’s Carlos Sainz, with Robert Kubica making use of a late hypersoft run to move up to seventh place as he enjoyed his second half-day behind the wheel of Williams FW40.

The Pole completed 28 laps in total, with the majority of Williams’ running being conducted by Russian hopeful Sergey Sirotkin, who ended the day 10th quickest with 86 laps under his belt. Between the pair were McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne - whose day was interrupted by an off-track incident - and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.

McLaren also had newly-appointed reserve driver Lando Norris in action, with the young Briton - doing development work for Pirelli - clocking 118 laps on his way to 12th place.

On the day that Sauber announced a new partnership with Alfa Romeo, Charles Leclerc, who is heavily fancied to drive for the Swiss team next year, completed the most laps of anyone - 149 - as he finished just ahead of Norris.

The timesheet was rounded off by Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, who split duties at Toro Rosso.

Wednesday times from Yas Marina:


Position Driver Team Time Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.551 118
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.490 141
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.736 132
4 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.818 52
5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:39.148 72
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:39.444 109
7 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.485 28
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:39.782 105
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.810 124
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:39.947 86
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:40.666 149
12 Lando Norris McLaren 1:41.714 118
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:43.345 61
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:44.827 63