• Valtteri Kicks Off Post-Season Test in Abu Dhabi

Valtteri fastest on the first day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi

  • Valtteri completed 138 laps at the Yas Marina Circuit on his last day behind the wheel of the championship-winning Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+. 
  • Valtteri had a productive day of testing, completing more than two full race distances (766.452 km)
  • Valtteri’s best time of 1:37.124 put him top of the timing board
  • The team focused on long runs with the 2020 Pirelli tyres, learning about the characteristics of the different compounds
  • The team also spent time comparing the 2019 and 2020 tyres

Valtteri Bottas

"It’s been a very productive day today, we did more than 750 kilometres. We’ve been learning about the 2020 tyres and how they compare to this year’s tyres. We gathered a lot of data for the team to analyse over the coming weeks. I still have a few more team commitments before I eventually leave for the holidays and I’ll head off for the break with a positive mindset after a strong season and a good last day of testing with this year’s car."

Andrew Shovlin

"It’s been a busy day; we completed 760km, the car has run well and Valtteri has given us some good feedback on the new tyres. There’s a lot of data to go through to understand the differences between the new and old tyres and we’ll have to get through that before drawing any conclusions. It’s quite difficult testing during the daytime as the track temperature is changing almost every run, which you need to factor into your analysis. We’ve got George in the car tomorrow for the final day and another busy programme planned. "


Result: Abu Dhabi Test - Day 1

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:37.124 138
2 Sebastian Vettel (5) Ferrari 1:37.991 136
3 Daniil Kvyat (26) Toro Rosso 1:38.183 72
4 Sergio Perez (11) Racing Point 1:38.434 120
5 Romain Grosjean (8) Haas 1:39.526 146
6 Lando Norris (4) McLaren 1:39.741 125
7 Max Verstappen (33) Red Bull 1:39.926 153
8 Esteban Ocon (31) Renault 1:39.962 77
9 George Russell (63) Williams 1:40.368 87
10 Kimi Räikkönen (7) Alfa Romeo 1:40.903 93
11 Sean Gelael (38) Toro Rosso 1:41.640 67
12 Roy Nissany (41) Williams 1:44.760 41