Max at work for Pirelli in RB14
Published on 27 November 2018 by Mike Motilall
The Formula 1-teams will be testing for Pirelli this Tuesday and Wednesday, F1's sole tyre supplier will be trying out different tyre compounds for 2019. It is mandatory for the teams to use the same car with which the raced last Sunday with in Abu Dhabi, in order to prevent that different parts for 2019 also gets tested.
Max Verstappen will get behind the wheel of the RB14 for the last time today, after which his new team mate Pierre Gasly will take over control from him of the Red Bull Racing-car. At Mercedes it is Bottas who will do the running, at Ferrari Vettel. Force India divides the day by having both Perez and Stroll get out on track. The same at Williams regarding Russel and Kubica. Furthermore we see Hulkenberg (Renault), Gelael (Toro Rosso), Fittipaldi (Haas), Norris (McLaren) and Raikkonen (Sauber).
For the Finn, who has said goodbye to Ferrari, it will be the first time in seventeen years that he will get back into action in a Sauber. The first morning session of the two-day off season testing runs smoothly: apart from the Haas coming to a halt, there are no incidents.
Mercedes, Toro Rosso and Force India are the teams that have done the most laps for Pirelli. Max does 34 laps before they take a break for lunch. The teams are totally controlled by the tyre supplier these two days; they also determine which compound is driven by which driver. Hence undermentioned lap times have no merit whatsoever.
Result Tuesday morning session 27 November, Pirelli off-season test, Abu Dhabi
1 77 V. Bottas Mercedes 1:37.319 46 2 33 M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.628 1:37.947 34 3 11 S. Perez Force India +0.657 1:37.976 43 4 05 S. Vettel Ferrari +1.110 1:38.429 17 5 27 N. Hulkenberg Renault +2.492 1:39.811 36 6 10 G. Russell Williams +3.109 1:40.428 29 7 38 S. Gelael Toro Rosso +3.116 1:40.435 45 8 47 L. Norris McLaren +3.197 1:40.516 38 9 07 K. Raikkonen Sauber +4.052 1:41.371 30 10 10 P. Fittipaldi Haas +4.972 1:42.291 18