Abu Dhabi Test – “No major surprises”
Seb’s comments after testing new tyre specs for 2019 at Yas Marina
On day which saw now former Ferrari favourite Kimi Raikkonen back at Sauber, Sebastian Vettel also took tonthe track as his racing year came to an end, as he completed 68 laps of the Abu Dhabi track, with a best time of 1min36.812, which came courtesy of a fresh set of 2018-spec Hypersoft tyres.
“The purpose of this test is primarily to get a first feeling of the new tyres, with the impressions of the last weekend of racing still fresh in our minds,which gave us the possibility to compare. Unfortunately, today we lost some track time to repair work, but overall I think there were no major surprises as these tyres seem to work and to be fairly similar to the ones we used this season. Now we’ll see how the new regulations for 2019 affect the speed of all cars and how they work in combination with the tyres, also depending on the compound choices at the various tracks”.
Tomorrow, for the second and last day of tyre testing, Charles Leclerc will take over from Seb with a similar programme.