Ferrari continue to set pace in Abu Dhabi


Sebastian Vettel continued to keep Ferrari at the top of the timesheet in Abu Dhabi after a productive morning session on the final day of tyre testing.

The new range of 2018 tyres are in use at the Yas Marina circuit, including the hypersoft tyres which are two steps quicker than the 2017 ultrasoft compound.

Kimi Raikkonen topped the standings at the end of day one and Vettel has picked up where his team-mate left off.

At the lunch break, Vettel had completed 53 laps with a best time of 1:37.551 – a second and a half quicker than Esteban Ocon in the Force India.

Valtteri Bottas sits third with 65 laps under his belt, with Max Verstappen moving up to fourth late in the session ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Renault.

Kevin Magnussen put himself sixth in the standings before heading back to the Haas garage, while Sergey Sirotkin, in P7, got through 51 laps before he hands the car back over to Robert Kubica later this afternoon.

McLaren are once again able to run two cars because of their cancelled test in Brazil, so Stoffel Vandoorne (P8) and Lando Norris (P10) are on double duty with the latter completing the most laps of any driver so far with 84.

Sauber, fresh from announcing Alfa Romeo as their new title sponsor, have Charles Leclerc in the car in P9.

Propping up the timesheets at this mid-way stage is Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso.

1       Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari    1'37"551        53
2       Esteban Ocon    Force India    1'39"148     01"597    72
3       Valtteri Bottas    Mercedes    1'39"211     01"660    78
4       Max Verstappen    Red Bull    1'39"348     01"797    58
5       Carlos Sainz    Renault    1'39"444     01"893    46
6       Kevin Magnussen    Haas    1'39"810     02"259    63
7       Sergey Sirotkin    Williams    1'39"947     02"396    51
8       Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren    1'40"817     03"266    38
9       Charles Leclerc    Sauber    1'41"434     03"883    64
10       Lando Norris    McLaren    1'41"714     04"163    84
11       Pierre Gasly    Toro Rosso    1'44"827     07"276    52