Valtteri clocked well over 100 laps as the post-race Pirelli tyre test concluded in Abu Dhabi
- Valtteri signed off the W09's competitive career with a productive day of testing in Abu Dhabi
- It was the second and final day of running for Pirelli's post-Abu Dhabi GP tyre test
- He completed 143 laps throughout the course of the day (794.222 km)
- Valtteri's best time of 1:38.488 on the HyperSoft tyre put him fourth on the leaderboard
- The focus of the day was on long runs with the 2019 Pirelli tyres, learning about the characteristics of the different compounds
- The team also spent time comparing 2018 and 2019 tyres
What Did We Learn?
"It's nice to get to the end of the test having had a fault-free and productive two days with Valtteri," explained Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin.
"It's also the last proper laps we will do with the W09. We have a lot of good memories working with this car over the last season, it certainly hasn't been easy but the racing has been great fun and it's a year we won't forgot for a long time.
"We've spent the day focussing on longer runs and characterising the compounds so that we can start work on our tyre selection for the early races.
"We also did some more comparisons of the 2018 to 2019 casings and have furthered our learning from yesterday.
"We've got a lot of work to do back at base to go through all the data that we've collected and make sure we're well prepared for the early races next year. Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has stayed for the test and worked so hard to make it a success."
What We're Saying
Valtteri: "It's been another good day of testing. We managed to complete even more laps than yesterday, hitting 143 laps.
"Today we worked on compound scans, trying all the 2019 compounds from the hardest to the softest rubber.
"We focused on medium and long runs, gathering plenty of data and learning about the tyres.
"This week we've got lots of data for the team to analyse over the winter and we can't wait to dig into it. Today was my last time on track with the W09, so I enjoyed it.
"It's been a good car for us and it was nice to say goodbye. It's been a long season, but everyone was still pushing this week, working like clockwork. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work this year."
Result: Test - Day 1
|1||Charles Leclerc (16)||Ferrari||135||1:36.450|
|2||Pierre Gasly (10)||Red Bull||129||1:37.916|
|3||Lance Stroll (18)||Force India||122||1:38.044|
|4||Valtteri Bottas (77)||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||143||1:38.448|
|5||Carlos Sainz (55)||McLaren||150||1:38.547|
|6||Artem Markelov (46)||Renault||129||1:38.590|
|7||George Russell (63)||Williams||55||1:38.802|
|8||Daniil Kvyat (26)||Toro Rosso||155||1:38.862|
|9||Louis Deletraz (50)||Haas||117||1:39.069|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi (36)||Sauber||128||1:40.435|
|11||Robert Kubica (40)||Williams||39||1:44.208|