Lap times 2nd practice 2018 Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo driving the (3) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Abu Dhabi

Event: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Track: Yas Marina Circuit

Weather:   Sunny & Dry
Air temp:  26ºC
Tarmac: Dry, 30ºC
Wind speed: 5.4 km/h
Humidity: 54%

In FP2 the teams and drivers also had 1,5 hours to test out their car setup with similar day time conditions as the race of Sunday. The race also starts at sunset and finishes in complete darkness.

The Yas Marina circuit had a new sausage type kerb on the short straight between turn 20 and 21. A lot of drivers hit the new orange kerb stone. The kerb got even damaged by the cars and kicked up a lot of dust. Max Verstappen even got trapped on the kerb and had to go to the pits to check the damaged floor under the RB14.

The 3 top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drove very similar lap times and the whole session we saw the 6 drivers beat each others lap time almost every lap. Halfway the session it was Valtteri Bottas who was quickest with a 1:37.236.

All teams were doing long runs and qualifying simulations. The Red Bull RB14 of Max Verstappen looked very good during the long runs. He was even faster than Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

The quickest lap of FP2 last year was 1:37.877 driven by Lewis Hamilton on Ultrasoft tyres with the Mercedes W08. The quickest lap time of Bottas was 0.641s faster than last years quickest lap around the Yas Marina circuit.

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FP2 Lap Times 2018 Abu Dhabi GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
177Valtteri BottasMercedes1:37.23636Hyper
233Max VerstappenRed Bull1:37.280+0.044s31Hyper
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:37.428+0.192s30Hyper
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.443+0.207s34Hyper
57Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:37.461+0.225s39Hyper
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:37.569+0.333s38Hyper
78Romain GrosjeanHaas1:38.060+0.824s29Hyper
827Nico HülkenbergRenault1:38.230+0.994s35Hyper
920Kevin MagnussenHaas1:38.318+1.082s29Hyper
1031Esteban OconForce India1:38.402+1.166s32Hyper
1110Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:38.506+1.270s31Hyper
1255Carlos Sainz Jr.Renault1:38.511+1.275s36Hyper
1314Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:38.725+1.489s34Hyper
1411Sergio PérezForce India1:38.806+1.570s30Hyper
1516Charles LeclercSauber1:38.831+1.595s32Hyper
1628Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:38.957+1.721s34Hyper
179Marcus EricssonSauber1:39.502+2.266s35Hyper
182Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:39.938+2.702s17Hyper
1918Lance StrollWilliams1:40.046+2.810s32Hyper
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:40.935+3.699s38Hyper


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Lap times 2nd practice 2018 Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

  1. B

    This round is ususlly the least interesting of the season. With the championships wrapped up is there even any point to this race. Formula 1 really needs to restructure the point system.
    Going back to double points for last round would be a good start

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  2. Andrew McLeod

    It is misguided to believe that double points in the last round will improve the current crisis in F1. The real problem is the distribution of money to the teams, which favours the teams at the front of the grid. The racing needs to be more competitive for the whole season, not for just one race!
    I mean, all season long for a number of seasons now, there is really only one team dominating F1, with 2 others close behind. To make F1 interesting again, there needs to be at least 6 teams with a good chance of winning, not domination by only one or two!

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  3. Steven McCoy

    It's all down to money. The money should be split equally between the teams, at the beginning of the season. Maybe then, teams like mclaren wouldn't be forced to sign talentless people like sirotkin, just because he comes with money, and stroll, another waste of space. If it weren't for his dad, he'd never have got to f1 on his talent.

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  4. Steven McCoy

    It's all down to money. The money should be split equally between the teams, at the beginning of the season. Maybe then, teams like Williams wouldn't be forced to sign talentless people like sirotkin, just because he comes with money, and stroll, another waste of space. If it weren't for his dad, he'd never have got to f1 on his talent.

    Reply

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