• Abu Dhabi Test: Day 1 Recap

Abu Dhabi Test: Day 1 Recap

Date: Tuesday, December 3

Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Layout: 5.554-kilometer (3.451-mile), 21-turn circuit

Driver: Romain Grosjean

Laps Completed: 146 laps

Distance Completed: 810.884 kilometers (503.846 miles)

Best Lap Time: 1:39.526 (5th overall)

Fastest Lap: 1:37.124 by Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes

Most Laps: 153 laps by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing


The first of two test days at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi began Tuesday with Romain Grosjean steering the Haas VF-19 for the final time in 2019.

All 10 teams that competed in the 2019 Formula One World Championship were present with a total of 12 different drivers logging laps throughout the day.

Grosjean accumulated 146 laps working through a program of comparison runs between Pirelli’s 2019 tires and proposed 2020 compounds. His fastest time, a 1:39.526, was set on the 2020 C5 rubber – placing him 5th overall on the timesheet.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes set Tuesday’s best time (1:37.124) while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen ran the most laps (153).

Romain Grosjean, Driver No. 8, Haas F1 Team

“We’ve had a good test checking the 2019 tires versus the 2020 ones. We were seeing what we can prepare for next year, and which ones are better to run. I think it was a very positive day. The preparation was excellent, and the team have done a good job – I’m very happy with that. We made a few minor tweaks to the car to see what we can learn for the future – some things were positive. I’m looking forward to meeting our 2020 challenger.”

Next Up

Test driver Pietro Fittipaldi takes over the Haas VF-19 on Wednesday for the final day of F1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit.