The test is for the teams to see the similarities and differences between the Pirelli rubber from 2018, and their counterparts for the 2019 season.
Valtteri Bottas had the fastest time at lunch, but Sebastian Vettel usurped the Finn, and was the only man to dive below the 1:37 mark in Abu Dhabi.
It was Lance Stroll who was closest to the top two, just a couple of tenths slower than the Mercedes. A good move for 2019 then?
Max Verstappen did not manage to go quicker in the afternoon, with Sergio Perez in P5 for the day after his 61 laps this morning.
Pietro Fittipaldi ended the day as the eighth fastest, and only managed 55 laps across the day as his Haas needed a power-unit change early in the day.
Robert Kubica got the better of his Williams team-mate George Russell. The pair did 74 laps between them for the Grove team.
The Indonesian driver managed the most laps around the Yas Marina circuit, though, completing 150 tours.
Five other drivers did more than 100 laps, with Stroll and Perez getting over the 100 mark accumulatively for Force India.
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) November 27, 2018
Day 1 Times:
- Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:36.812 (68 laps)
- Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 0.419s (120)
- Lance Stroll – Force India – 0.603s (56)
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1.135s (132)
- Sergio Perez – Force India – 1.164s (61)
- Lando Norris – McLaren – 1.375s (136)
- Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1.977s (128)
- Pietro Fittipaldi – Haas – 2.389s (55)
- Robert Kubica – Williams – 2.457s (32)
- George Russell – Williams – 2.700s (42)
- Kimi Raikkonen – Sauber – 3.066s (102)
- Sean Gelael – Toro Rosso – 3.623s (150)