An update from the final free practice sessions of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Built on a low-lying man-made island, the Yas Marina Circuit features several very long straights but, just to complicate that, a final sector completely at odds with the two that go before it. It takes the concept of racing around a harbour to extremes, with the final third of the lap weaving in and out of the yacht basins, and under the magnificent Yas Hotel.
It's also a race weekend where two of the practice sessions are carried out during early afternoon and the rest of the weekend at twilight, which means Free Practice One and Free Practice Three conditions are not very representive to Qualifying and the Race.
However, Friday afternoon saw the final practice sessions of the season get underway with shining blue skies and track temperatures at 34.9c for FP1.
The first session, FP1, saw Max put in a total of 22 laps and a best time of 1:37.492, which saw him finish in P2. Alex was in P4 after posting a 1:38.084 from his 23 laps.
Free Practice Two was the first twilight track action of the weekend as the Bulls put in a session of long runs. Max finished in P5 with a time of 1:36.807 from 30 laps. Alex came back in P6 after his best time of 1:37.288 from 30 laps.
Free Practice Three, the final practice session of the year, saw Max come out on top. The Dutchman posted a best time of 1:36.566 completing 15 laps in total. Meanwhile Alex completed 17 laps with a best time of 1:36.927 putting him P4.