Nico kicked off the third-to-last race weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi with two fifth places. He posted 65 laps of the 5.554km track during the two practice sessions and secured a time of 1:41.758 minutes on his fastest lap.
"We didn't learn a great deal during the first practice session today as it was so hot and we won't have those conditions in qualifying or the race. I struggled a little on the option tyres but was able to find a better rhythm when we switched to the primes," said Nico. "It should be an interesting race from a strategy perspective as the tyres seem to be right on the limit of one or two stops. Our aim is to be the best of the rest again which I'm quite confident we can achieve and score some important points."