• REPORT: Valtteri Clocks Up the Laps in Abu Dhabi Test

The Finn was back behind the wheel of W09 for the post-race test at the Yas Marina Circuit

What Happened?

- 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

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
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