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    ABU DHABI TEST – NOVEMBER 27-28, 2018.

    Abu Dhabi, November 28, 2018

    Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing
    – "The teams were able to get a useful initial read on the 2019 tyres during the two days of testing, with the entire range available, as well as all the 2018 tyres for comparison. All the teams were able to define their own run plans and mostly choose whichever tyres they wanted to test, so it's not been easy to draw any immediate conclusions on track. We collected a lot of data, which we are just starting to go through now, and we will need to analyse this quickly because the compounds for Australia have to be decided in a week. At this time, we also aim to decide the compounds for the first five races of 2019. Initial feedback from the 2019 range is positive. In particular, the first important information we had from day one of the test was that the new compound 5 (equivalent to the 2018 hypersoft) is working as expected: similar to the 2018 hypersoft but with reduced graining from what we can see so far. However, Abu Dhabi is not a circuit that features particularly high speed corners, so this is an important factor also to consider. So far, we're happy with what we've seen, and our intention is for these to be the definitive 2019 tyres. In theory we can still make some adjustments before the final homologation deadline on 1 December, but we hope not to do that. In the meantime, we'll be studying the data carefully."

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    BEST TIMES AND COMPOUNDS

    OVERALL – November 27-28

    DRIVER TEAM TIME COMPOUND
    Leclerc Ferrari 1m36.450s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Vettel Ferrari 1m36.812s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Bottas Mercedes 1m37.231s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Stroll Force India 1m37.415s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Gasly Red Bull 1m37.916s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Verstappen Red Bull 1m37.947s (Day 1) ULTRASOFT 2018
    Perez Force India 1m37.976s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Norris McLaren 1m38.187s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Sainz McLaren 1m38.547s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Markelov Renault 1m38.590s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.789s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Russell Williams 1m38.802s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m38.862s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Deletraz Haas 1m39.069s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Fittipaldi Haas 1m39.201s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Kubica Williams 1m39.269s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Raikkonen Sauber 1m39.878s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
    Gelael Toro Rosso 1m40.435s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
    Giovinazzi Sauber 1m40.435s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019


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    DAY 1 – November, 27
    DRIVER TEAM TIME COMPOUND
    Leclerc Ferrari 1m36.450s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Gasly Red Bull 1m37.916s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Stroll Force India 1m38.044s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Bottas Mercedes 1m38.448s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Sainz McLaren 1m38.547s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Markelov Renault 1m38.590s HYPERSOFT 2018


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    DRIVER TEAM TIME COMPOUND
    Vettel Ferrari 1m36.812s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Bottas Mercedes 1m37.231s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Stroll Force India 1m37.415s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Verstappen Red Bull 1m37.947s ULTRASOFT 2018
    Perez Force India 1m37.976s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Norris McLaren 1m38.187s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.789s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Fittipaldi Haas 1m39.201s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Kubica Williams 1m39.269s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Russell Williams 1m39.512s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Raikkonen Sauber 1m39.878s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Gelael Toro Rosso 1m40.435s HYPERSOFT 2018


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    DAY 2 – November, 28

    Russell Williams 1m38.802s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m38.862s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Deletraz Haas 1m39.069s COMPOUND 5 2019
    Kubica Williams 1m40.265s HYPERSOFT 2018
    Giovinazzi Sauber 1m40.435s COMPOUND 5 2019

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