Verstappen enjoyed a comfortable advantage over teammate to high the FP1 occasions by nearly half a second.

The Dutchman burst clear in the second half of the session onto a 1m38.491so left him 0.454s apparent of Ricciardo, while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was the only other driver to lap within a second of Verstappen.

Red Bull’s one-two was earned as the group completed two sets of new hypersoft runs, whereas Mercedes and Ferrari switched in the chemical to the toughest for the second half of the session.

Hamilton made a small improvement on using hypersofts having led the running early.

Ferrari failed to enhance Even though the Mercedes drivers were able to make gains on the toughest of the three Pirelli chemicals in Abu Dhabi.

That allowed for Racing Point and Kevin Magnussen to shoot sixth time for Haas, Esteban Ocon to steal into position.

Ocon was 1.6s off the pace, just more than a tenth quicker than Magnussen, with Kimi Raikkonen and relegated to eighth and seventh.

Despite finishing laps on supersofts that were not a part of a long 22, their hypersoft efforts stood as their best times.

Also the Haas of Romain Grosjean and ’s completed the top 10.

The 90-minute session passed with drama, though yellow flags were caused by his exiting Turn 1 early on and slid nose-first to the inner barrier.

2019 F1 returnee and race driver completed the 20 runners, standing in for the motorist he will replace following year Sergey Sirotkin.

Kubica lapped 4.5s off the pace, 1.5s slower than , but had made clear on Thursday he would not be chasing lap times in FP1 and might instead finish analysis work for next season.


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