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I sincerely hope this weekend is not the last we’ll see of the talented Nicolas Hulkenberg in F1, as the door shut on his last hope a few days ago when Williams signed Canadian Nicholas Latifi to partner George Russell during 2020.
The 32-year-old German is all class – and a nice guy to boot – and bowing out of the category as the driver with the record of most starts (62) without a podium is not his style.
With just a bit of luck at Abu Dhabi this weekend Nico and teammate Daniel Ricciardo might get the vital handful of points they need to creep past Toro Rosso for fifth – worth, according to former F1 world champ Nico Rosberg – $10 million to Renault’s coffers!
Pirelli brings to the UAE the very softest combination of tyres in its range – C3 as the White hard, C4 as the Yellow medium, and C5 as the Red soft – well-matched to the smooth surface of the Yas Marina circuit
2019 champion Lewis Hamilton – pictured above at Yas Marina meeting Melbourne fan, little Leila McKay – won the race last year by going from ultrasoft to supersoft quite early, under a virtual safety car.
The 21st and final grand prix race starts 9pm WST (Perth time). Enjoy!
“Abu Dhabi marks the end of another very long season, but the work still continues for us after the grand prix, with a series of tests for both Formula 1 and Formula 2, using 13-inch tyres as well as 18-inch tyres.
“In total, we’re bringing around 4500 tyres to Abu Dhabi, for racing and testing: more than double the usual quantity.
“The two-day official F1 test after the race will be particularly important, as it gives a chance for the teams to compare 2019 to 2020 tyres in representative conditions and with specifically adapted cars for the first time.”
“Before then, we have one final grand prix to complete.
“There’s a strong chance that we could see more lap records broken again over the weekend, with the teams now having maximised their knowledge of the 2019 tyres.”
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