Abu Dhabi Test: Day One Recap

Abu Dhabi Test: Day One Recap

The first of two days of Pirelli tire testing at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi began Tuesday with Pietro Fittipaldi making his Formula One debut representing Haas F1 Team. All 10 teams that competed in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship were present.

Fittipaldi logged 56 laps around the 5.554-kilometer (3.451-mile), 21-turn track. His quickest time was a 1:39.201, earned on his 41st lap on a set of Pirelli P Zero Pink hypersoft tires. It placed him eighth among the 12 drivers who participated.

Fittipaldi wasted little time getting onto the track when it opened at 9 a.m. local time, making his installation lap on the Purple ultrasoft tire. A 17-lap wake-up run on the same compound followed. The morning program then stopped abruptly due to an electrical power unit issue as Fittipaldi began his next out-lap shortly before 11 a.m.

After an extended stay in the garage for a power unit change, Fittipaldi returned to the track just after 4 p.m. He quickly cycled through back-to-back comparison runs utilizing Pirelli’s 2018 and 2019 soft and hypersoft rubber. He totaled 38 laps to close a productive final two hours of track time.

Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time (1:36.812) with Toro Rosso’s Sean Gelael recording the most laps (150).

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