The Finn was back behind the wheel of W09 for the post-race test at the Yas Marina Circuit
- Valtteri returned to the cockpit of W09 for a day of tyre testing with Pirelli on Tuesday
- The Finn set the second fastest time of the day, a 1:37.231, on the HyperSoft tyre
- He completed 120 untroubled laps of the Yas Marina Circuit (666.480 km)
- The main focus of the day was collecting data on the 2019 tyre compounds
What Did We Learn?
"Today was about gathering data on the 2019 tyres and understanding how they differ to the 2018 tyres we've used this year," explained Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin.
"We'll continue our programme with Valtteri tomorrow with more of a focus on the performance and degradation of each of the compounds.
"This work is important as we need to select tyres for the early races based on the information we find at this test.
"It was a good day of running and the car ran without any issues."
What We're Saying
Valtteri: "Overall, a good day of testing here in Abu Dhabi. We completed our programme without any issues and we were able to do some long and short runs on a mix of the new Pirelli compounds.
"We can see some differences to this year's tyres but we have all winter to work on understanding the new tyres from all the knowledge we are gaining from this test.
"I'm sure Pirelli will learn a lot from these two days of testing as well. We'll be back on track tomorrow for the final time this year."
Result: Test - Day 1
|1||Sebastian Vettel (5)||Ferrari||67||1:36.812|
|2||Valtteri Bottas (77)||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||120||1:37.231|
|3||Lance Stroll (18)||Force India||56||1:37.415|
|4||Max Verstappen (33)||Red Bull||131||1:37.947|
|5||Sergio Perez (11)||Force India||67||1:37.976|
|6||Lando Norris (47)||McLaren||135||1:38.187|
|7||Nico Hülkenberg (27)||Renault||128||1:38.789|
|8||Pietro Fittipaldi (51)||Haas||54||1:39.201|
|9||Robert Kubica (40)||Williams||32||1:39.269|
|10||George Russell (63)||Williams||42||1:39.512|
|11||Kimi Räikkönen (7)||Sauber||102||1:39.878|
|12||Sean Gelael (38)||Toro Rosso||150||1:40.435|