Formula 1 2019: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in final practice for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fastest in the final practice session of the Formula 1 season on Saturday, denying champions Mercedes a clean sweep in Abu Dhabi.

Reuters November 30, 2019 19:11:48 IST
Formula 1 2019: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in final practice for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fastest in the final practice session of the Formula 1 season on Saturday, denying champions Mercedes a clean sweep in Abu Dhabi

  • Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was second for Mercedes, 0.074 seconds slower and swapping places with teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid

  • Hamilton, who secured his sixth title two races ago in Austin, has won at Yas Marina a record four times and will look for an 11th win of the season on Sunday

Abu Dhabi: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fastest in the final practice session of the Formula 1 season on Saturday, denying champions Mercedes a clean sweep in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1 2019 Red Bulls Max Verstappen fastest in final practice for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

File image of Max Verstappen. Reuters

The 22-year-old Dutch driver, winner two weeks ago in Brazil, lapped the 5.5 kilometre Yas Marina circuit in one minute and 36.566 seconds.

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was second for Mercedes, 0.074 seconds slower and swapping places with teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.

The Finn, whose car was fitted with another fresh engine on Saturday after the previous one sprung a pneumatic leak, had set the pace on Friday but ended the final session third but only 0.015 seconds slower than Hamilton.

The top three were separated by just 0.089 seconds, with qualifying to follow.

Alexander Albon was fourth for Red Bull ahead of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Sergio Perez was seventh fastest for Racing Point, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10.

Despite the close-run final session, the competitive order could change with qualifying starting at dusk and running into the night.

Mercedes have won every race in Abu Dhabi since 2014.

Hamilton, who secured his sixth title two races ago in Austin, has won at Yas Marina a record four times and will look for an 11th win of the season on Sunday.

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