Russell tops Abu Dhabi test as Leclerc crashes

George Russell

Mercedes topped the final day of Formula 1 testing in Abu Dhabi courtesy of Williams regular George Russell.

The Englishman banked a 1:37.204s to top the day by just under two tenths from Charles Leclerc, who had a spin which saw the Ferrari driver make contact with the wall at Turn 14.

Leclerc’s misdemeanour triggered a red flag, the Monegasque driver not returning to the track for the remainder of proceedings.

Third best was the Racing Point of Lance Stroll, who was 0.795s slower than pace-setter Russell.

Pierre Gasly was fourth best from Carlos Sainz, while Renault recruit Esteban Ocon ended sixth best.

For Russell, the performance saw his time more than three seconds faster than he’d managed at the wheel of his Williams the previous day.

His best time was set on the 2020 compound Pirelli C5 tyres, the ‘red’ side walled (softest) variant of the three compounds on offer.

Leclerc by contrast set his best on the 2019 spec rubber, with the field using a mixture of compounds and specs of Pirelli tyres.

Russell turned in 145 laps, the most of any of the 11 drivers in action, though Roy Nissany at Williams logged just 38 laps in a half day.

An incident between Stroll and Sainz saw the Spaniard have an incident with the aerodynamic measuring rakes fitted to his McLaren.

Result: Formula 1 Abu Dhabi test Day 2

Pos Driver Team Time Diff Laps
1 George Russell Mercedes 1:37.204 145
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:37.401 +0.197s 103
3 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.999 +0.795s 132
4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:38.166 +0.962s 146
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:38.729 +1.525s 112
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:38.950 +1.746s 128
7 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:39.181 +1.977s 139
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:39.682 +2.478s 135
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:39.811 +2.607s 115
10 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:40.188 +2.984s 107
11 Roy Nissany Williams 1:43.892 +6.688s 38