Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Max Verstappen topped the final free practice session of the season ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Red Bull’s Verstappen marginally topped the timesheets ahead of the qualifying hour for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the Dutchman leading the two Mercedes drivers by less than one tenth of a second.
Verstappen’s time of 1:36.566 was enough to pip Hamilton to P1 by just 0.074 of a second, with Bottas – who will be starting the race from the back of the grid – also just 0.089 of a second off the pace.
The second Red Bull of Alex Albon was a further three tenths of a second back, whilst the Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc ending the hour in fifth and sixth.
However, despite being over four tenths of a second off the pace, both Ferrari drivers set their best times on the medium-compound tyre, raising questions about how hard they can challenge for pole position this afternoon.
Sergio Perez gave Racing Point a strong morning by setting the seventh-fastest time, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.