Abu Dhabi GP: Massa 9th for Williams Martini in FP1
By Andrew Hooper
November 25 2016
The opening Friday practice session for the 2016 Abu GP would see Williams Martini drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finish in 9th and 15th. It was an uneventful session for the Williams team with both drivers focusing on the soft tyre. Felipe would have a small spin early in the session but this had no real impact on his session. Valtteri would complain about the performance of his car under braking seeing him well down the times.
Martini Abu Dhabi GP Friday 1st Practice
The opening Friday practice for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would see
several teams running with the halo. The drivers had the soft, supersoft,
and ultrasoft tyre to use over the weekend. The two Force India cars had run
on the ultrasoft tyre for their installation laps. Neither of the Mercedes
cars had come out with ten minutes of the session completed. But Rosberg
would leave the pit lane running on the ultrasoft tyre. For Williams 2017
driver Lance Stroll was on the team pit wall. Hamilton was also out on the
ultrasoft tyre. Rosberg would set a 1m:43.873 to be quickest as a few other
cars came out. Hamilton would set a 1m:44.133 to be 0.260 behind Rosberg.
Celis in the Force India was third
Rosberg would improve with a 1m:43.243 as Hamilton started a quick lap but
he would slow in the middle sector. After their first runs the Williams
drivers were fifth and seventh. Vettel and Raikkonen were third and fourth.
Rosberg would go quickest in sector one but would slow over the rest of his
lap. Grosjean was sixth on the supersoft with Sainz eighth on the soft.
Rosberg was now 0.890 ahead of Hamilton as Ricciardo went third but was 1.1
seconds behind Hamilton. Verstappen was now third running on the soft while
Hamilton went quickest with a 1m:43.051. Raikkonen was now fourth followed
by Ricciardo, Vettel, Grosjean, and the Williams pair eighth and ninth.
Ricciardo would move into fourth with the two Ferrari's fifth and sixth. The
Williams drivers would drop to ninth and tenth as Perez went seventh. The
track would empty with forty minutes of the session completed with the teams
having to return this set of Pirelli tyres.
Alonso had yet to set a time and would be the first back out. Both Mercedes
cars were out on the soft tyre as the Williams pair dropped to tenth and
eleventh. Perez was now sixth running on the supersoft tyre. Ricciardo would
improve running on the soft tyre but would remain fourth. Thirty minutes
remaining and the Williams pair were seventh and twelfth. Hamilton would go
quickest in sector two running on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:42.869 to
improve his lead over Rosberg to 0.374s. Twenty minutes remaining and the
track was quite empty as Rosberg came back out on used soft tyres but would
pit after a single lap. Ericsson was now ninth running on the supersoft tyre
with his team-mate Nasr twelfth. As the session ended the order was
Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Perez, Raikkonen, Sainz,
Felipe, and Ericsson tenth. Both Williams drivers had complete long runs on
the soft tyre with this tyre the only one used during the session.
Valtteri would come out first for the Williams team running on the soft
tyre. He would complete two laps prior pitting. Valtteri would return to the
track on a new set of soft tyres. Valtteri would set a 1m:46.359 to be
sixth, dropping to seventh. This would become ninth as the Hass cars went
ahead of him. Valtteri would improve with a 1m:46.002 to be eighth. Valtteri
would pit currently ninth having completed eleven laps. Valtteri would
return remaining on the soft tyre with a new set going on his car. He was
currently tenth but would drop to twelfth. Valtteri would pit after a short
run on the soft tyre. After a short stop he would return running on the used
soft tyres. Valtteri had dropped to fifth as other drivers went out on the
supersoft tyre. Valtteri's time was a 1m:45.940 as he continued to circulate
the track. He would tell his engineer that his car was bad under braking.
Felipe would follow his team-mate out also using the soft tyre for his
installation lap. Felipe would also come back out on a new set of soft
tyres. Felipe would set a 1m:46.189 to be fifth. He would drop to sixth as
he continued his run on the soft tyre. He would drop to ninth behind his
team-mate. Felipe would have a spin at the hairpin but was able to continue.
Felipe would pit having complete ten laps. A short time after his team-mate
Felipe would come out also on a new set of soft tyres. Felipe was able to
improve setting a 1m:45.039 to be seventh. He would drop to eight as he
pitted. He would follow Valtteri back out continuing his run on used soft
tyres. He would drop to ninth behind Sainz who was on the supersoft tyre.
Felipe would pit briefly returning to the track.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.869s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.243s 31
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m43.297s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m43.362s 27
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.005s 27
6 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m44.155s 23
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.556s 27
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.685s 21
9 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m45.039s 27
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m45.168s 20
11 Alfonso Celis Force India-Mercedes 1m45.476s 26
12 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m45.600s 13
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1m45.778s 17
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 1m45.925s 20
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m45.940s 31
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m46.219s 33
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m46.372s 21
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m46.379s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1m46.458s 29
20 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m47.127s 10
21 Jordan King Manor-Mercedes 1m47.558s 27
22 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2m01.989s 4
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