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2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Saturday
25 November 2017
Valtteri and Lewis secure the 50th front row lockout for the Silver Arrows in F1 as the 2017 season goes into its final round
Valtteri claimed his fourth career pole position - his first at the Yas Marina Circuit and fourth of the 2017 season
Lewis will start tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from P2 on the grid
Today's result marks the 50th front row lockout for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in Formula One
Both drivers completed one run on the UltraSoft compound tyres in Q1 and two runs in both Q2 and Q3
2017 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX- PRACTICE REPORT
SERGIO PEREZ - VJM10-02
FP1 1:40.293 P6 24 laps
FP2 1:39.323 P7 33 laps
Sergio: “We had a lot of test items to try on the car today on top of the usual preparations for the weekend. First practice was not very representative of the conditions we will experience in qualifying and the race, but what we saw during second practice makes me feel optimistic. The balance of the car is where I need it and the long run pace is competitive. There is still a little bit of work to do, but we’re starting from a good baseline and if we can improve overnight we should be in a good position tomorrow.”
Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: dry, 26-27°C air, 30-45°C track
It was a decent day of free practice sessions for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team ran through the planned programme for both Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein, conducting aerodynamic tests in FP1, and focussing on race preparations with short and long-runs in FP2.
2017 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 24/11/2017
Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.646, pos. 14th, 29 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:40.694, pos. 15th, 39 laps
“Overall, it’s been a positive and productive day. We managed to have two trouble-free practice sessions and did plenty of laps, which meant we were able to complete the program as we wanted, which is great. During this afternoon’s FP2, I felt good on the supersofts, but then on the ultra we didn’t manage to improve, which means we need to work on the tyres and try and improve this. Having said that, there are also many positive aspects to take from today so, all in all, a good start to the weekend and hopefully we can make a step forward tomorrow for qualifying.”
ABU DHABI GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
24 NOVEMBER 2017
First Practice Session: 1:40.773 Position: 10, Laps: 29
Second Practice Session: 1:38.180 Position: 3, Laps: 34
“A pretty good Friday. This morning we couldn’t really look at the lap times as we tried a little bit of testing for next week. However this afternoon we put everything in the car that we needed and it was solid. On low fuel we looked quite strong but I thought we would be a bit quicker with high fuel, so we still need to find a bit there. Nothing in particular, just the general grip wasn’t quite there and I was sliding around so we’ll try and find a way to keep the tyres working a bit better in the night conditions. I think it’s still Friday numbers unfortunately, as we were ahead of one Ferrari and one Mercedes today. We expect them to be quick tomorrow, so if we have the same pace tomorrow as we had today I expect them to jump us. We still need to find a bit more speed.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was the final practice of the year and the final Formula One practice for Felipe. We had a good day and we got everything done that we wanted to achieve. Starting with Felipe, we ran a fairly normal programme. We did some special tests in FP1 aimed at 2018, and his pace seemed reasonably competitive, on both high and low fuel. For Lance, he ran a more unusual programme, putting on an extra set of tyres that we borrowed from FP3, to give him a bit more practice particularly aimed at qualifying, which will be in the cooler evening slot that we have for FP2 as opposed to FP3 tomorrow. It’s also the final evening of the year where the mechanics will rebuild the FW40 before it’s put away. It’s not something the public get to see, that last build and the last time on the FIA measuring patch, but that will happen somewhere around 2am. I think that’s actually quite a special moment that no one gets to hear about.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Friday
24 November 2017
Silver Arrows show promising pace in Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit
Lewis finished the morning session in P2 with Valtteri in P5
Lewis ended the day on top of the time sheets in P1 with Valtteri in P5
Valtteri ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres in FP1, Lewis the Softs and UltraSofts
In FP2, both drivers used the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres
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AHEAD OF THE ABU DHABI GP
“We will of course try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi. Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tyres to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.
2017 Formula 1 Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix, Sunday
12 November 2017
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Nico Hülkenberg returned to the points with a tenth position finish in a fast-paced and hot Brazilian Grand Prix, whilst Carlos Sainz crossed the line just one position and 6.5 seconds behind. Both cars lost a position at the start and thereafter ran clean races without issue.
• Nico started the race from P7 on his qualifying Supersoft (red) Pirelli tyres, stopping on lap 30 to change to a new set of Soft (yellow) tyres.
• Carlos started from P8 and stopped a lap later than Nico for the same Supersoft to Soft swap.
2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Sunday
12 November 2017
Valtteri comes in second as Lewis storms through the field in São Paulo
• Valtteri took second place today – his 12th podium with the Silver Arrows and best ever result at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
• After starting from the pit lane, Lewis finished today’s Brazilian Grand Prix in P4
• Today’s result marks the 25th podium for Mercedes-Benz Power in the 2017 season
• Lewis (345 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 43 points from Sebastian Vettel (302 points) in P2, with Valtteri (280 points) in P3
• With one race to go, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (625 points) lead Ferrari (495 points) by 130 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Formula One Heineken Brazilian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 28-30°C air, 54-60°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in P13 (Marcus Ericsson) and P14 (Pascal Wehrlein). In comparison to previous races, the two drivers were fighting in the lower midfield, making some progress in terms of pace. The team is now packing up and heading out to the final race of the 2017 FIA Formula One Season in Abu Dhabi.