Abu Dhabi – Final Practice Results

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A productive final practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit earlier today saw Kimi and Romain make solid progress on setup to bring both E20s home inside the top ten as we await the first major test of the weekend; qualifying…


  • Clear, dry and hot conditions prevailed throughout proceedings
  • The white marked medium compound Pirelli tyre was used for the majority of the session, the yellow marked soft making brief appearances towards the end
  • Both drivers had been suffering from an unsettled rear end during yesterday’s sessions; various setup tweaks were trialled to eliminate these issues with reasonable success
  • Kimi ran back-to-back comparisons of different front wing variations

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: P9
Fastest Lap: 1:43.184
Laps Completed: 21

Key Moments:
01mins: Install lap on new medium rubber
15mins: Scrubbed mediums for the first flying run of the day; sets the early pace
32mins: Another stint on scrubbed medium tyres; race simulation runs on the agenda
55mins: Final on track excursion brings first run of the day on softs; instantly moves up to P4 with initial attempt
60mins: Chequered flag; P9 for the Finn

Pos  Driver              Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m42.130s            18
 2.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m42.420s  + 0.290s  17
 3.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m42.614s  + 0.484s  7
 4.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m42.743s  + 0.613s  18
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m42.750s  + 0.620s  19
 6.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault         1m43.015s  + 0.885s  18
 7.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m43.064s  + 0.934s  19
 8.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m43.133s  + 1.003s  15
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m43.184s  + 1.054s  22
10.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m43.338s  + 1.208s  19
11.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m43.480s  + 1.350s  17
12.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m43.571s  + 1.441s  20
13.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m43.593s  + 1.463s  20
14.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m43.635s  + 1.505s  19
15.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.010s  + 1.880s  22
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m44.025s  + 1.895s  18
17.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m44.071s  + 1.941s  19
18.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m44.149s  + 2.019s  19
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m45.301s  + 3.171s  22
20.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m45.879s  + 3.749s  19
21.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m46.036s  + 3.906s  19
22.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m46.261s  + 4.131s  22
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m46.554s  + 4.424s  20
24.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m47.032s  + 4.902s  22

Raikkonen: we can end year on a high

Kimi Raikkonen says he has already seen enough of Lotus’s latest updates to feel the team can take a step forward in performance for the rest of the season.

The Enstone-based outfit began the second half of the campaign with high hopes that a development push could take its Finnish driver to the title success.

But a failure to match the development spend of rival teams Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari has left the team to endure a few tough races during the Autumn and dropped its lead driver out of the hunt for the title.

However, a change in exhaust philosophy towards the Coanda-effect concept has helped. A second iteration of that design, aimed at recouping some of the lost horsepower appears to be working well.

Raikkonen reckons his Friday performance in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice offered only a glimpse of what is possible for the rest of the weekend once the car is properly set-up.

“We have improved,” he said. “But while you gain some downforce, you give away some horsepower, so we’ll try to get it back.

“But it is not a very easy thing, and with time we will come back with normal horsepower and still have the downforce.

“It is a good thing that we at least bring parts to the car this year and we learn things, so we are much better with the new car with those things.

“We have improved, but everyone else makes improvements too. We are closer than we were at Monza or Spa for example with the laptime.”

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