Leclerc beats Gasly to quickest time on conclusive day of testing in 2018


ABU DHABI – Ferrari’s new marking Charles Leclerc completed at the highest point of the timesheets on the last day of Formula One activity in 2018.

The second day of Abu Dhabi’s post-season test saw each of the ten groups take to the Yas Marina circuit as they kept on picking up a comprehension of one year from now’s Pirelli tires.

The Italian tire producer had both 2018 and 2019 tires on offer this week and each group had 22 sets to use over the two days. Fourteen of those sets were chosen by Pirelli, and incorporated a determination of 2019 mixes in addition to two arrangements of 2018 hyper-softs for correlation, and the groups were allowed to pick the staying eight sets. Run designs were left to the groups to choose however they were kept from running 2019 sections and certain sensors to guarantee the attention stayed on tires and not vehicle advancement for next season.

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Charles Leclerc tried the Ferrari on Wednesday in front of his turn to the Italian group one year from now.


Leclerc, who will supplant Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari one year from now, set the quickest time of the test with a 1:36.450, beating new colleague Sebastian Vettel’s best exertion on Tuesday by 0.362s. Leclerc, who has been a Ferrari junior since 2016 and completd his freshman season with Sauber this year, said his first day as an authority Ferrari race driver had been enthusiastic.

“It’s daily I’ve been sitting tight for quite a while and I never figured it would come, however today this was the truth and I’m exceptionally glad,” he said. “I’m additionally exceptionally content with the work we have done today, so it was extremely enthusiastic.

“Each time I get in a dashing vehicle, I instantly attempt to discover the limit as fast as could be expected under the circumstances. Be that as it may, the present objective was to contrast the 2019 tires and the ones we utilized for the current year and, from my perspective, we worked to perfection and I’m content with it.”

Red Bull’s 2019 driver Pierre Gasly was second quickest with a 1:37.916 set late in the day, while Force India’s new marking Lance Stroll completed third quickest for the second day consecutively – though 0.6s down on his time from Tuesday.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth quickest in the most recent day of running for the big showdown winning Mercedes W09. His best exertion was almost two seconds off Leclerc’s exertion, despite the fact that contrasting run designs made examinations between any of the occasions generally negligible.

Previous Renault driver Carlos Sainz was fifth on his first day in the driver’s seat of a McLaren. The Spaniard is supplanting his youth legend Fernando Alonso at the group one year from now and Wednesday was his first taste of the current year’s tricky MCL33 before it turns into a disliked historical center piece at the group’s manufacturing plant in Woking.

Daniel Ricciardo, who is supplanting Sainz at Renault one year from now, was not able drive this week because of his current contract with Red Bull, which means test pilot Artem Markelov ventured up for the French maker on Wednesday, setting the 6th quickest time before the day’s over.

Recipe 2 champion and 2019 Williams driver, George Russell, was seventh quickest with a 1:38.802, enhancing his Tuesday time by 0.7s. He was likewise 1.4s quicker than his new colleague Robert Kubica, who drove the vehicle toward the beginning of the prior day giving over to Russell toward the evening.

F2 driver Louis Delatraz was ninth in the Haas in front of Kubica in tenth and Sauber’s new marking Antonio Giovinazzi in eleventh. Giovinazzi caused the main warning of the day when his vehicle ceased in the passage at the pit path exit.

Equation One continues in 82 days with the first of two pre-season tests at the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona.


1. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1:36.459, 135 laps
2. Gasly, Red Bull, 1:37.916, 129 laps
3. Stroll, Force India, 1:38.044, 120 laps
4. Bottas, Mercedes, 1:38.448, 143 laps
5. Sainz, McLaren, 1:38.547, 149 laps
6. Markelov, Renault, 1:38.590s, 129 laps
7. Russell, Mercedes, 1:38.802, 38 laps
8. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:38.862, 155 laps
9. Delatraz, Haas, 1:39.069, 117 laps
10. Kubica, Williams, 1:40.265, 56 laps
11. Giovinazzi, Sauber, 1:40.435, 127 laps





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