E s was an action for a nice shot. The Mercedes W10 of world champion Lewis Hamilton did not have the usual start number 44 on its nose at the beginning of the first practice session for the Abu Dhabi GP. Instead, the mechanics gave the Silver Arrow the 1. Just like last year.
Hamilton only drove a few laps with it. When the photos were on the memory card, the six-time title holder returned to his lucky number. So he reached third place in the first training session. The 44 had been on the car before. On the bonnet.
Training Friday in the gallery
Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo started the 21st Grand Prix weekend without luck. The Ferrari driver made a driver error that ended in the guardrail at Turn 19. Ricciardo flew the Renault V6 Turbo around the ears. It burned in the stern of the R.S. 19. The cameramen and photographers were delighted with the spectacular shots.
It will also be spectacular on Friday evening. Then the cars drive under floodlights as usual. The second practice session, the qualification and the race will take place in Abu Dhabi - as in Bahrain - at dusk. The pilots drive from day to night.
In temperatures of over 25 degrees and sunshine, they collected data and knowledge in the first training session that will be incorporated into the 2020 cars. To do this, some teams equipped their cars with measuring grids and sensors. We show you a selection in our large gallery.
Two drivers say goodbye. Nico Hulkenberg haslost his cockpit at Renault to Esteban Ocon. It didn't work out with a new headquarters. Robert Kubica leaves Williams voluntarily. Nicholas Latifi from Formula 2 will take his cockpit in 2020. Hülkenberg wants to relax in the coming year. Kubica could dock with Haas or Racing Point as a simulator driver.