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Sebastian Vettel Tops Final Day of F1 Tire Testing in Abu Dhabi

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.

Driver Team Time Gap Total Laps
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

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.