Abu Dhabi GP: Fernando Alonso Friday Recap

While the late morning desert heat subsided, track conditions mirrored the setting of the sun as temperatures dropped as much as nine degrees between sessions.

Both McLaren Honda drivers completed two very busy practice sessions, which will prove invaluable as the team opted to maximise the morning’s hotter track conditions to complete useful tests, correlation and validation in preparation for next season.

Both sessions ran smoothly as Fernando and Stoffel worked hard to fine-tune the balance and handling of their cars, working on set-up and various setting configurations both for this race weekend and beyond. While the drivers reported positive progress with each run, both recognise that within a very close midfield there is still work to be done overnight in order to maximise the team’s preparation ahead of tomorrow’s important qualifying session.

FP1 1m40.522s (+1.516s) 20 laps 7th
 FP2 1m39.559s (+1.682s) 28 laps 10th

“We had a productive day today. No matter how many points we might take on Sunday, the Constructors’ Championship positions seem to already be decided, so for the last couple of races our main priority on Fridays has been testing new items.

“We had a lot on our plate today, but everything went smoothly and the team did an amazing job to fit everything into the programme.

“For tomorrow, making it into Q3 and scoring points on Sunday remain the target, but it’s going to be challenging. We saw today that we’re in a very tight group in the middle of the pack with two Williams, two Renaults and two Force Indias.”

A lap with Fernando in Abu Dhabi.