An update from free practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the Bulls get up and running at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The Yas Marina Circuit remains the gold standard for flyaway facilities. The pit garages are roomy and (beloved by the crews) air conditioned. The paddock buildings all back onto the marina, and most teams make use of them to host rooftop parties and gatherings – but the paddock itself is tight, which makes it a good place for end-of-season intrigue, or simply wishing a fond farewell to people from other teams you may not see again before February.
For the final Friday of the season the Teams were greeted with typical Abu Dhabi heat, with the first session of the day starting at one o'clock in the afternoon sun, before moving into the twilight hours for the second session.
Free Practice One saw a promising start to the weekend, with the Bulls topping the timesheet. Max finished the session in P1, with a 1:38.491 after putting in 27 laps. Daniel was P2, setting a 1:38.945 from his 19 laps.
As darkness fell and the floodlights came on, the Bulls took to the track for Free Practice Two. Max was P2 after setting a time of 1:37.280, from 31 laps. Daniel wasn't far behind in P3, with a time of 1:37.428 after 31 laps.
Saturday's final practice session saw Max complete 15 laps with a best time of 1:37.747 which saw the Dutchman finish in P4. Meanwhile Daniel completed 11 laps with a fastest time of 1:38.090 for P6 before a suspected water pressure issue struck. The Team have recovered the car and are investigating further.