The team added three more laps on the soft tire in a non-representative free practice before Sebastian and Lance both fought for grid positions in a very close qualifying session.
Despite traffic at the end of Q1 and Q2, Sebastian was able to work his way into the final part of qualifying, while Lance was able to consistently improve his times throughout the day.
Sebastian started his Saturday by scrubbing each of the hard and medium tires in one go before spending a little time in the pits.
He then took to the track on the soft tires and set his best lap early in the session of 1.26.481 before a red flag ended his stint after eight laps.
He exited the garage on a second set of softs after the session resumed and improved to a 1.26.012, which was his best time of the session and good enough for ninth fastest.
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Felipe finishes his first FP1 session at Yas Marina
Felipe made his official Formula One debut in Abu Dhabi on Friday while Sebastian showed top six pace early in the day.
As the first qualifying segment started, Sebastian left a fresh set of soft tires.
He put in a few fast laps, with a 1.26.260 being his best, before switching to a different set of new softs for his final run.
Despite several cars being slow in the last sector, Sebastian put in a great lap to get safely into Q2 with a 1.25.523 in sixth.
In Q2 Sebastian started on a used set of soft tires and put in a 1.25.661. .
He then switched to a new set of red sidewall tires and improved significantly to set a 1.24.974 despite renewed traffic in the last sector to move into the final part of qualifying.
For Sebastian’s final qualifying lap in Formula 1, he rode on a new set of soft tires and pulled out early, setting a 1.24.961 – a slight improvement on his Q2 time – for ninth on the grid for his final Grand Prix.
“All in all, my last qualifying session in Formula 1 was a good one. The car is doing what I want this weekend and that contributed to this good result.
“I was very motivated and it felt like there was a little bit more in me today.
“We had some traffic in Q1 and Q2 with a Red Bull in the last corner, but the lap in Q3 was clean.
“I’m looking forward to the race – my last in Formula 1 – and hope that we can give the team a good result when I finish my journey with everyone at Aston Martin F1.
“Anything can happen here and we will try to maximize our chances tomorrow.”
As FP3 got underway, Lance wasted no time getting onto the circuit and scrubbing a set of hard and medium tires.
He then switched to soft tires and improved his time to 1.26.886 throughout the stint before a red flag halted the session.
He then took to the track on a different set of soft tires and completed 10 laps on that set, improving to a 1.26.298 and finishing 16th overall.
For qualifying, Lance started the first segment on new soft tires and put in a few flying laps, with a 1.26.242 being his best performance.
As time ticked by, Lance returned to the track with another new set of softs and improved in all three sectors to enter Q2 in 13th in a very tight session.
In Q2, Lance started on a used set of soft tires and put in a 1.25.996 early on before switching to another new set of this compound.
Although Lance improved his best time in all three sectors, he couldn’t make it past Q2 with a best time of 1.25.359.
Lance will start Sunday’s Grand Prix from 14th on the grid alongside Daniel Ricciardo, who was penalized for an incident in the previous race.
“I was happy with my last lap in Q2: it was good and clean, but we just lacked a bit of speed for Sebastian, who had a really good day in his last qualifying session.
“What matters is that we qualified ahead of both Alfa Romeos and the car has behaved really well this weekend.
“We’ll try to get into the points. It’s going to be a long race and we’ll have a lot to fight for tomorrow.”
Mike Krack, Team Principal
“Today was hot in Abu Dhabi – but as usual, given the 18:00 start time, the track cooled down during the qualifying hour.
“Both drivers got through Q2 without any problems. After that, Sebastian made it into Q3, but Lance just missed out.
“Tomorrow, starting from P9 and P14, our ambition remains to do our best to finish sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.”
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