Abu Dhabi F1 testing: Sebastian Vettel fastest on final day

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended the final Formula 1 running of 2017 fastest as Pirelli's post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre test concluded on Wednesday

Abu Dhabi F1 testing: Sebastian Vettel fastest on final day

Vettel set his 1m37.551s on the new hyper-soft tyre in the morning, and the time was not beaten.

The Ferrari driver caused a brief red flag earlier in the day by stopping on track, but was soon running again.

Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were second and third for Mercedes and Red Bull respectively, with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon alternating in the Force India and taking fourth and fifth.

The main intrigue of the day was Williams evaluating both Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica.

Sirotkin drove for the majority of the day and set his best time of 1m39.947s on the soft tyre, placing him 10th.

Kubica bolted on hyper-softs for a late run and lapped in 1m39.485s, 1.9 seconds off Vettel's pace. He ended the test seventh, behind Carlos Sainz Jr's Renault.

Stoffel Vandoorne's day was interrupted by damage from an incident at the Turn 19 left-hander towards the end of the lap. He resumed after repairs and went eighth, ahead of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

McLaren was the only team running two cars at the test, as it made up for the cancelled Interlagos session called off a fortnight ago due to security concerns at the Brazilian GP venue.

Its reserve driver Lando Norris conducted development work for Pirelli and was 12th quickest.

On the day its new tie-up with Alfa Romeo was announced, Sauber was 11th with likely 2018 signing Charles Leclerc.

Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly shared the Toro Rosso and completed the field.

Day two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.551s - 118
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m38.490s 0.939s 141
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.736s 1.185s 132
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.818s 1.267s 52
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m39.148s 1.597s 72
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m39.444s 1.893s 109
7 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m39.485s 1.934s 28
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m39.782s 2.231s 105
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m39.810s 2.259s 124
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m39.947s 2.396s 86
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.666s 3.115s 149
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Honda 1m41.714s 4.163s 118
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.345s 5.794s 61
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.827s 7.276s 63


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