Max fifth in Abu Dhabi FP2: 'Not fully happy'
Published on 29 November 2019 by Stefan Meens
After second place in FP1, Max Verstappen clocked the fifth fastest time in the second free practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas was once again quickest. His Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was second, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
“There is still some work to do. In general, the car isn’t bad but I’m not totally happy”, explained Max.
Not long after, Charles Leclerc kicks of qualifying simulations, resulting in low-fuel runs on the soft Pirellis. The Ferrari driver is testing the limit and, eventually, goes over it; at the same spot where his team mate Sebastian Vettel hit the barriers in FP1, the youngster brushes the wall but is able to continue.
Now that most teams opt for qualifying runs, the lap times tumble. Mercedes and Ferrari lead the way. Max sits in fifth, but going wide at turn five means the Dutchman should have some more time in hand.
With less than 20 minutes to go, an incident between Bottas and Romain Grosjean causes a red flag. The Frenchman fails to notice the Mercedes and turn his Haas straight into the Silver Arrow. The two collide causing considerable damage. Nevertheless, both the Haas and the Mercedes are able to make it back to the pits.
The track is given the all-clear with twelve minutes to go. Everyone, bar Bottas and Grosjean, go out, but no lap time improvements are noted.
|5||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:36.807||+0.551s||29|
|6||Alexander Albon||ALB||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:37.288||+1.032s||29|
|7||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:37.601||+1.345s||17|
|8||Sergio Perez||PER||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:37.637||+1.381s||31|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||KVY||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:37.651||+1.395s||33|
|10||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:37.770||+1.514s||35|
|11||Carlos Sainz||SAI||McLaren Renault||1:37.834||+1.578s||31|
|12||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Renault||1:37.918||+1.662s||31|
|13||Lance Stroll||STR||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:37.985||+1.729s||31|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:38.080||+1.824s||30|
|17||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:38.415||+2.159s||29|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:38.464||+2.208s||31|
|19||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||1:39.512||+3.256s||31|
|20||Robert Kubica||KUB||Williams Mercedes||1:40.455||+4.199s||31|