By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets for the Pirelli tire test at Yas Marina Circuit on Wednesday.
The final time Formula 1 cars will be on track for 2017, Vettel concluded the day with a time of 1 minute, 37.551 seconds on the new hypersoft tire compound at the 3.451-mile, 21-turn track.
The early part of the day was halted by the four-time champion as his Ferrari stopped on track to bring out a red flag briefly before resuming.
Mercedes rival Valtteri Bottas, who also won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the season finale this past weekend, ended the day second with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen a close third. Force India swept fourth and fifth spots with Sergio Perez ahead of teammate Esteban Ocon.
Williams tested out both Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin, with the former taking the majority of the session with a best time of 1 minute, 39.947 seconds – good enough for 10th overall. For Kubica, a late run propelled him up to seventh on the day, clocking in at 1 minute, 39.485 seconds.
A complete list of times can be seen below.
|1. Sebastian Vettel||Ferrar||1:37.551||118|
|2. Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1:38.490||0.939||141|
|3. Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:38.736||1.185||132|
|4. Sergio Perez||Force India||1:38.818||1.267||52|
|5. Esteban Ocon||Force India||1:39.148||1.597||72|
|6. Carlos Sainz||Renault||1:39.444||1.893||109|
|7. Robert Kubica||Williams||1:39.485||1.934||28|
|8. Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||1:39.782||2.231||105|
|9. Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1:39.810||2.259||124|
|10. Sergey Sirotkin||Williams||1:39.947||2.396||86|
|11. Charles Leclerc||Sauber||1:40.666||3.115||148|
|12. Lando Norris||McLaren||1:41.714||4.163||118|
|13. Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:43.345||5.794||61|
|14. Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1:44.827||7.276||63|