POST-SEASON TEST - DAY #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES
The first day of the last test of 2017 got underway on Tuesday with all teams running. Mostly all drivers stayed behind at the Yas Marina circuit to do testing for their teams and also for Pirelli, who have introduced 2 new compounds for 2018: The Hyper-Soft and Super-Hard compounds.
Kimi Raikkonen topped the time sheets with a 1:37.768, while Ricciardo was close behind in the Red Bull with a 1:38.066. Hamilton, Grosjean and Stroll completed the top 5.
McLaren decided to run 2 cars, following the post-Brazilian GP test cancellation. Alonso ran one car while long-time development driver and current Formula E driver, Oliver Turvey, ran the other. Alonso brought out the first red flag of the session after a crash he described as a 'kiss'. It was a small hit to the wall and he walked away unharmed. He was also able to get back out later on in the session and finished in 6th with a 1:39.762. Turvey finished last on the time-sheets with a 1:41.914.
Williams opted to run Robert Kubica in the AM portion of the session and Stroll later on in the PM portion. Kubica, who many think will make an F1 return with the Williams team in 2018, finished in 9th and racked up a total of 100 laps. Fans were waiting in the stands, chanting and singing while waving banners and photos, showing their support for him and their obvious want to see him have a full-time seat next year. Lance Stroll finished up in 5th with a 1:39.580 and completed 29 laps.
Sean Gelael ran for Toro Rosso, despite missing out on a seat with the team for 2018. Gelael was recently confirmed to drive for PREMA Racing team in Formula 2 next year, alongside Nyck de Vries. Gelael finished in 10th and managed to do 117 laps.
Force India ran young Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin, who currently competes in European Formula 3. Mazepin finished in 8th with a 1:39.959 and completed 90 laps.
1. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:37.768 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Finland / 99 Laps
2. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:38.066 / Red Bull-TAG-Heuer / Australia / 109 Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton - 1:38.551 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / 136 Laps
4. Romain Grosjean - 1:39.270 / Haas-Ferrari / France / 137 Laps
5. Lance Stroll (PM) - 1:39.580 / Williams-Mercedes / Canada / 29 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso - 1:39.762 / McLaren-Honda / Spain / 115 Laps*
7. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:39.803 / Renault-Renault / Germany / 85 Laps
8. Nikita Mazepin - 1:39.959 / Force India-Mercedes / Russia / 90 Laps
9. Robert Kubica (AM) - 1:41.296 / Williams-Mercedes / Poland / 100 Laps
10. Sean Gelael - 1:41.428 / Toro Rosso-Renault / Indonesia / 117 Laps
11. Marcus Ericsson - 1:41.681 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden / 97 Laps
12. Oliver Turvey - 1:41.914 / McLaren-Honda / Great Britain / 105 Laps*
* - Notes McLaren is running 2 cars during this test.
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