Raikkonen sets pace, Alonso’s surprise crash

Date published: November 28 2017

The first day of the post-season test in Abu Dhabi is well underway with Robert Kubica racking up the laps at the Yas Marina circuit, Fernando Alonso hitting the tyre wall and Kimi Raikkonen setting the pace.

At the lunch break, Raikkonen topped the timesheets with a 1:37.768, a full 1.5 seconds clear of Romain Grosjean in second, with Nico Hulkenberg completing the top three.

All eyes were firmly on Kubica, though, as he closes in on a full Formula 1 return with Williams. The Pole completed 58 laps by the interval and placed himself sixth on the leaderboard with a fastest time of 1.41:296.

McLaren have been given permission to run two cars given that their tyre test in Brazil was cancelled, but Fernando Alonso's running was disrupted when he crashed into the tyre barriers before continuing his running just before lunch.

Development driver Oliver Turvey is also in action for McLaren, with the Brit currently in seventh place and one spot ahead of Alonso. The other reserve drivers on show – Nikita Mazepin (Force India) and Sean Galael (Toro Rosso) – are P9 and P11 respectively.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fourth quickest time.

Day 1 timesheet (lunch)

1 Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari     1:37.768,
2 Romain Grosjean     Haas     1:39.270
3 Nico Hulkenberg     Renault     1:39.803
4 Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:40.017
5 Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull     1:40.713
6 Robert Kubica     Williams     1:41.296
7 Oliver Turvey     McLaren     1:41.914
8 Fernando Alonso     McLaren     1:41.995
9 Nikita Mazepin     Force India     1:42.346
10 Marcus Ericsson     Sauber     1:43.286
11 Sean Gelael     Toro Rosso     1:45.622