Russell fastest for Mercedes on final day of testing

Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

George Russell has finished as fastest man driving for Mercedes on the final day of the Pirelli test at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.

Click here for the complete results from Day 2 – Abu Dhabi Pirelli Tyre Test.

George Russell has gone fastest on the final day of the Pirelli test at Yas Marina. The British driver swapped from his usual Williams FW42 to take over Mercedes’ W10 for the day, and put it to good use by clocking in over 130 laps and a fastest time of 1:37.204. His fastest time was set on the new 2020 Pirelli C5 compound.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished P2 on the timing screens, but ended his and Ferrari’s day prematurely as he brought out the red flags with around two hours to go. Negotiating Turn 14, Leclerc lost the rear of the SF90 and hit the barrier, damaging the car. The Ferrari needed recovery to the pits, and he didn’t get to come back out again as the damage was too much to fix in time. He finished with 103 laps in total on the board, and a best time of 1:37.401 as he and Russell traded fastest times early in the afternoon. Leclerc’s quickest time was on the 2019 Pirelli C5 compound.

Lance Stroll was the only other driver to hit a 1:37 laptime on Wednesday, as he did a 1:37.999 during his 108 laps to finish P3 on the timesheets.

Pierre Gasly was in action for Toro Rosso after taking over from from Sean Gelael and Daniil Kvyat’s Tuesday running. The French driver did 123 laps in total, and finished fourth on the testing times with a 1:38.166.

Carlos Sainz was at the wheel of the McLaren MCL34, and he finished up the day in P5 with a 1:38.729. He completed 112 laps in total.

Esteban Ocon continued his refamiliarisation to Formula 1 as he drove the second consecutive day for Renault. He did 128 laps and a best time of 1:38.950. This was just over two tenths clear of Alex Albon in P7. The Red Bull driver did 139 laps and his best time was 1:39.181.

Pietro Fittipaldi had a late improvement in the day to rise up from near the bottom of the times to finish P8 for Haas. The Brazilian driver is no stranger to testing for the American team, and he did a best time of 1:39.682 over his 135 laps of Yas Marina.

Antonio Giovinazzi was a further 0.2 seconds behind as he rounded out the year for Alfa Romeo with a P9 finish. He did 115 laps.

The Williams pair of Nicholas Latifi and Roy Nissany were at the bottom of the timesheets, having split driving duties over the day. Latifi, now confirmed as 2020 race driver for the team, took over the FW42 for the afternoon and did 107 laps and a best lap of 1:40.188, some 3.7 seconds quicker than what Nissany could manage in the morning session.

Testing Day 2 Abu Dhabi Classification:

  1. George Russell Mercedes 1:37.204 145 Laps (C5 2020)
  2. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:37.401 103 Laps (C5 2019)
  3. Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.999 132 Laps (C5 2020)
  4. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:38.166 146 Laps (C5 2020)
  5. Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:38.729 112 Laps (C5 2020)
  6. Esteban Ocon Renault 1:38.950 128 Laps (C4 2019)
  7. Alex Albon Red Bull Racing 1:39.181 139 Laps (C4 2019)
  8. Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:39.682 135 Laps (C5 2019)
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:39.811 115 Laps (C5 2020) 
  10. Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:40.188 107 Laps (C4 2020)
  11. Roy Nissany Williams 1:43.892 38 Laps (C4 2020)

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