Friday, November 29, 2019
Sebastian Vettel has an accident in the inaugural training for the Formula 1 final in Abu Dhabi. Two minutes before the end of the one and a half hour unit, he loses control of his Ferrari at turn 19 and hits the guardrail with his rear end. His condition? "I am okay."
The late trip to the season finale has brought some disappointment for Sebastian Vettel. Only two days after the birth of his third child, the four-time world champion sat in time for Abu Dhabi's first free practice session in his Ferrari – but he finished fifth, barely two seconds behind the leader. Immediately before the end of the session Vettel put his car after a spin also with momentum in the track boundary. "I'm okay," he said on the box radio. In turn 19, he had lost control of his Ferrari and hit the rear of the guardrail. The fastest start was the new Vice World Champion Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes. The Finn made the best lap in 1: 36.957 minutes ahead of the race on Sunday (2.10 pm on RTL and in the ntv.de live ticker) and defeated Dutchman Max Verstappen in the Red Bull by more than half a second in second place. Only behind it followed English champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Silver Arrow with a good six-tenths behind. However, it is already clear that Bottas has to tackle the race from one of the back rows. Due to the replacement of some propulsion components, the Finn receives a grid penalty and is placed at the end of the field. Vettel's team rival Charles Leclerc (+2.2 seconds) was even further behind, the Monegasse finished in seventh place. Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg (+2.5) began his last Formula One weekend with tenth place. He loses his place in the factory team after the season. The titles in the drivers and team World Cup are already given before the season finale to Mercedes, Verstappen has best chances to finish in third place. Only Leclerc can still intercept him, but Vettel can still theoretically displace the Monegassen from overall fourth place.