Event: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Track: Yas Marina Circuit

Esteban Ocon driving the Alpine A501 around the Yas Marina circuit during practice

Esteban Ocon driving the Alpine A501 around the Yas Marina circuit during practice

Weather: dry 25.1°C
Tarmac: dry 30.9°C
Humidity: 697%
Wind: 0.4 m/s SW
Pressure: 1019.8 bar

The second practice for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix was driven at sunset. The start time was exactly the same time for qualifying and the race. This session is therefore very important to try and simulate those conditions.

Early in the session Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas hit the barrier at turn 14. His car didn't seem to be damaged and the Finn could carry on. A few moments later Nicholas Latifi hit the wall one turn earlier with the Williams. He did damage his rear wing but was able to drive back to the pits.

Halfway the session Alpine driver Esteban Ocon was fastest with a 1:24.034. Both Mercedes where 2nd and 3rd. Bottas was on P2 (+0.049s). His teammate Lewis Hamilton was third on +0.070s, Max Verstappen was 4th in the Red Bull (+0.298). Fernando Alonso 5th in the Alpine (+0.461s). All were using the soft tyre for their quickest lap.

Max Verstappen wasn't up to speed until 30 minutes into the session. The Red Bull mechanics had been changing his front suspension settings and switched to different upper front wing flaps. Bottas seemed to have some early blistering on his tyres at some point end went in to try and fix it by changing his setup 25 minutes before the end.

With 15 minutes to go Hamilton was on top with a 1:23.691 min, Ocon was 2nd (+0.343s), Bottas was 3rd (+0.392s), Verstappen 4th (+0.641s) and Perez 5th (+0.709s).

At the moment the finish flag dropped the Kimi Raikkonen crashed the Alfa Romeo in turn 14. He wrecked the back and the right front of the car and wasn't able to drive back to his garage. The session got red flagged and therefore the drivers could not make a practice start on the start/finish straight.

On the old circuit the fastest lap time was a 1:36,276 min, driven by Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes W12.

FP2 Times Table 2021 Abu Dhabi GP

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:23,69126🔴S
231Esteban OconAlpine1:24,034+0,343s29🔴S
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:24,083+0,392s29🔴S
433Max VerstappenRed Bull1:24,332+0,641s25🔴S
511Sergio PérezRed Bull1:24,400+0,709s26🔴S
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:24,495+0,804s27🔴S
722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:24,532+0,841s26🔴S
816Charles LeclercFerrari1:24,557+0,866s29🔴S
955Carlos SainzFerrari1:24,844+1,153s29🔴S
1010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:24,940+1,249s27🔴S
113Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:24,959+1,268s26🔴S
1299Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:25,108+1,417s27🔴S
134Lando NorrisMcLaren1:25,153+1,462s27🔴S
145Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:25,195+1,504s27🔴S
1518Lance StrollAston Martin1:25,385+1,694s26🔴S
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:25,440+1,749s23🔴S
1763George RussellWilliams1:25,549+1,858s29🔴S
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:25,687+1,996s22🔴S
1947Mick SchumacherHaas1:25,784+2,093s27🔴S
209Nikita MazepinHaas1:26,336+2,645s26🔴S

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