Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2019 Qualifying: Results, Times from Friday's Practice

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2019

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 29: Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 29, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets in both first and second practice in Abu Dhabi on Friday as the final weekend of the 2019 Formula One season got under way.

In the second session of the day, he clocked a fastest lap time of one minute, 36.256 seconds to edge his Mercedes team-mate, world champion Lewis Hamilton, into second. 

The Finn also had a coming together with Romain Grosjean during the session, which drew a late red flag.

Bottas was fastest in the first session with a lap of 1:36.957 at the Yas Marina Circuit, putting him ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.


FP2 Recap

Here all the full standings for the evening's action:

Formula 1 @F1

FP2 CLASSIFICATION A mixed session for Valtteri Bottas, who set the fastest time but collided with Romain Grosjean at Turn 11 #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 #F1 https://t.co/DF0VQQOZxJ

The main drama of the second session came late on when Bottas, 20 minutes from time, took an unnecessary dive down the inside of Grosjean's Haas.

The Frenchman didn't see the Mercedes driver, turned in, and the pair collided, causing significant damage to both cars:

Sky Sports F1 @SkySportsF1

Bottas and Grosjean collide!💥 Bottas tries to overtake down the inside of the backstraight, Grosjean turns in and they make contact! 📺Live on Sky Sports F1 📱Live on the App and Sky Go: https://t.co/BFwOUmJQSn 💻Live blog: https://t.co/CkqLNAZAQx https://t.co/Gl5o8FHxCC

Remarkably, Bottas was able to get back out on track before the end of the session, but it marked the end of Grosjean's day.

Earlier in the session, Verstappen had set the pace before he was pushed down the standings by Mercedes and Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc did well to avoid causing major damage to his car when he clipped the wall early in proceedings. 


FP1 Recap

Here are the timesheets from the opening practice session:

Formula 1 @F1

FP1 CLASSIFICATION @ValtteriBottas tops the charts, in an all @MercedesAMGF1 and @redbullracing top four #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 #F1 https://t.co/seoSD4ZyM8

Leclerc, Bottas and Hamilton exchanged the fastest lap times early in the action, but that was as good as it got for Ferrari.

The Italian outfit have endured a mistake-ridden season that prevented them from really competing for the world championship.

And there was another from Sebastian Vettel late in Friday's opening session.

A slight misjudgement at Turn 19 saw the German spin and drive his left-rear wheel into the barriers:

Sky Sports F1 @SkySportsF1

Disaster for Sebastian Vettel in the closing minutes of the session💥 He is into the barriers at Turn 19, and the session is over. 📺Live on Sky Sports F1 📱Live on the App and Sky Go: https://t.co/BFwOUmJQSn 💻Live blog: https://t.co/CkqLNAZAQx #SkyF1 | #AbuDhabiGP🇦🇪 https://t.co/IZsIveQtiQ

It meant a premature end to the session, which had already been interrupted when Daniel Ricciardo ground to a halt with smoke coming from his engine and oil leaking on to the track:

Formula 1 @F1

🔴 RED FLAG 🔴 Daniel Ricciardo pulls over with an oil leak, and the session is stopped #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 #F1 https://t.co/17f9Q9VGK2

Haas F1 Team @HaasF1Team

Ricciardo dropped some oil going into the final corner. Track staff are just cleaning the track - we don’t want any early Christmas ice skating! ⛸ https://t.co/ojUz5ilhUL

Ricciardo's Renault team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg, finished 10th fastest in potentially his final first practice session in F1.