Vettel Fastest At Abu Dhabi Test On New P Zero Pink Hypersoft (Update)


Kubica rolls out
Kubica rolls out

Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing – “We completed a record-breaking 2017 season, featuring 25% wider tires and some of the fastest lap times ever seen, with two intense days of work at Abu Dhabi, during which the teams sampled the 2018 tires for the first time.

Each team had 20 sets for the test: 12 sets chosen by Pirelli (with a selection of 2018 tires plus some 2017 tires for comparison) and the other eight selected by the teams themselves. In total, 23 different top drivers did some long runs as well, so not in qualifying conditions. The characteristics of the Yas Marina circuit meant the test concentrated on the compounds from White medium to the Pink hypersoft. The whole test and all the drivers gave us very positive feedback.

The new Pink hypersoft meets our initial expectations, with times that are about a second per lap faster than the Purple ultrasoft, but this obviously needs to be confirmed on other types of track as well. All the 2018 tires are a step softer than this year’s equivalents, in line with what the teams asked for, with the Pink hypersoft (just added to the range) so being two steps softer than the 2017 ultrasoft. We now look forward to getting back on track for the first official pre-season test of 2018 at Barcelona from February 26 to March 1".

Combined Results

Vettel Ferrari 1m37.551s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.768s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Ricciardo Red Bull 1m38.066s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Bottas Mercedes 1m38.490s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.550s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Verstappen Red Bull 1m38.736s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Perez Force India 1m38.818s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Ocon Force India 1m39.148s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Grosjean Haas 1m39.270s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Sainz Renault 1m39.444s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Kubica Williams 1m39.485s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Stroll Williams 1m39.580s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Alonso McLaren 1m39.762s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Vandoorne McLaren 1m39.782s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.803s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Magnussen Haas 1m39.810s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Sirotkin Williams 1m39.947s (Day 2) SOFT 2018
Mazepin Force India 1m39.959s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Leclerc Sauber 1m40.666s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Gelael Toro Rosso 1m41.428s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Ericsson Sauber 1m41.681s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Hartley Toro Rosso 1m43.345s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Gasly Toro Rosso 1m44.827s (Day 2) SOFT 2018
Vettel fastest
Vettel fastest


Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended the final Formula 1 running of 2017 fastest as Pirelli's post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 tire test concluded on Wednesday.

Vettel set his 1m37.551s on the new hyper-soft tire in the morning, and the time was not beaten. Pole time this past weekend was 1m36.2s so the time were nothing to get excited about.

Sebastian Vettel drove the SF70H for a final time of 2017, running off 118 laps and completing all the planned program, which included running the different tire compounds over both performance laps and long distance runs.

Yas Marina
Yas Marina

Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were second and third for Mercedes and Red Bull respectively, with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon alternating in the Force India and taking fourth and fifth.

Williams was evaluating both Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica.

Sirotkin drove for the majority of the day and set his best time of 1m39.947s on the soft tire, placing him 10th.

Kubica bolted on hyper-softs for a late run and lapped in 1m39.485s, 1.9 seconds off Vettel's pace. He ended the test seventh, behind Carlos Sainz Jr's Renault.

Day two times

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.551s 0.000s 118
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m38.490s 0.939s 141
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.736s 1.185s 132
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.818s 1.267s 52
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m39.148s 1.597s 72
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m39.444s 1.893s 109
7 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m39.485s 1.934s 28
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m39.782s 2.231s 105
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m39.810s 2.259s 124
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m39.947s 2.396s 86
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.666s 3.115s 149
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Honda 1m41.714s 4.163s 118
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.345s 5.794s 61
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.827s 7.276s 63

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