Valtteri Bottas signs off for the 2018 season with one final day of Pirelli tyre testing

Valtteri Bottas signs off for the 2018 season with one final day of Pirelli tyre testing

28.11.2018: 2018 Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test, Day 2 Date: Wednesday 28 November 2018 Driver: Valtteri Bottas Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit Circuit Length: 5.554 km Laps Completed: 143 Distance Covered: 792.222 km Best Lap Time: 1:38.448 Va

2018 Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test, Day 2 
 
Date:    Wednesday 28 November 2018
Driver:    Valtteri Bottas
Circuit:    Yas Marina Circuit
Circuit Length:    5.554 km
Laps Completed:    143
Distance Covered:    792.222 km
Best Lap Time:    1:38.448





 
Valtteri signed off on his 2018 season on Wednesday with one final day of Pirelli tyre testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Finn completed 143 laps on his final day driving the 2018 championship winning Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+.




•    Valtteri signed off the W09's competitive career with a productive final day of testing in Abu Dhabi


•    He completed 143 laps throughout the course of the day (794.222 km)


•    Valtteri's best time of 1:38.488 on the HyperSoft tyre put him fourth on the leaderboard


•    The focus of the day was on long runs with the 2019 Pirelli tyres, learning about the characteristics of the different compounds


•    The team also spent time comparing 2018 and 2019 tyres




Valtteri Bottas



It's been another good day of testing. We managed to complete even more laps than yesterday, hitting 143 laps. Today we worked on compound scans, trying all the 2019 compounds from the hardest to the softest rubber. We focused on medium and long runs, gathering plenty of data and learning about the tyres. This week we've got lots of data for the team to analyse over the winter and we can't wait to dig into it.




Today was my last time on track with the W09, so I enjoyed it. It's been a good car for us and it was nice to say goodbye. It's been a long season, but everyone was still pushing this week, working like clockwork. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work this year.



 
Andrew Shovlin




It's nice to get to the end of the test having had a fault-free and productive two days with Valtteri. It's also the last proper laps we will do with the W09. We have a lot of good memories working with this car over the last season, it certainly hasn't been easy but the racing has been great fun and it's a year we won't forgot for a long time.



We've spent the day focussing on longer runs and characterising the compounds so that we can start work on our tyre selection for the early races. We also did some more comparisons of the 2018 to 2019 casings and have furthered our learning from yesterday.



We've got a lot of work to do back at base to go through all the data that we've collected and make sure we're well prepared for the early races next year. Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has stayed for the test and worked so hard to make it a success.



 
 
Pos.     Driver     Team     Time     Laps


1     Charles Leclerc (16)     Ferrari     1:36.450     135
2     Pierre Gasly (10)     Red Bull     1:37.916     129
3     Lance Stroll (18)     Force India     1:38.044     122
4     Valtteri Bottas (77)     Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport     1:38.448     143
5     Carlos Sainz (55)     McLaren     1:38.547     150
6     Artem Markelov (46)     Renault     1:38.590     129
7     George Russell (63)     Williams     1:38.802     55
8     Daniil Kvyat (26)     Toro Rosso     1:38.862     155
9     Louis Deletraz (50)     Haas     1:39.069     117
10     Antonio Giovinazzi (36)     Sauber     1:40.435     128
11     Robert Kubica (40)     Williams     1:44.208     39

 

 
 
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