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Bottas sets the pace in second practice ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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By ITN News Editor November 24, 2018 12:55

Bottas sets the pace in second practice ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas kept up his hopes of ending the year on a high after setting the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver, still winless in 2018 while team mate Lewis Hamilton has taken 10 victories and clinched a fifth title with two races to spare, lapped the floodlit Yas Marina circuit with a best time of one minute 37.236 seconds.Bottas won last year’s finale from pole position and also set the fastest lap.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, fastest in the first session with a lap of 1:38.491, was second fastest in the evening and 0.044 slower than the Finn.The 21-year-old Dutch driver damaged his car on a kerb, requiring repairs. Australian Daniel Ricciardo, in his last race with Red Bull before leaving for Renault, was second and third respectively in the sessions.Verstappen, at the centre of attention in Brazil two weeks ago after a collision with Force India back-marker Esteban Ocon led to a post-race confrontation, can on Saturday become the sport’s youngest driver to take pole position.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 24, 2018 12:55
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