Russell Leads FP1, Drugovich Second in Abu Dhabi

George Russell clocked the fastest lap in FP1 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, followed by Felipe Drugovich and Daniel Ricciardo, with teams gathering data for the upcoming season and young drivers testing their skills; the session was marked by several near-misses and driving errors.


‣ George Russell was the fastest in FP1, with a lap time of 1:26.072 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
‣ Felipe Drugovich, a young driver, impressed for Aston Martin by finishing in second place.
‣ The FP1 session was useful for teams to gather data for the upcoming season and for young drivers to test and improve their skills.
‣ Most teams completed their final stints on soft tyres, but George Russell was able to maintain his lead in FP1 finishing the session on a set of medium tyres.

George Russell was the star of FP1. He clocked the fastest lap time of 1:26.072. Felipe Drugovich, the Brazilian sensation, came in second, impressing everyone for Aston Martin. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 3 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

FP1 in Abu Dhabi might not be a crystal ball for the weekend’s outcomes, but it served its purpose. Teams gathered valuable data for the upcoming season. Plus, it was a great practice ground for young drivers to hone their skills.

The session was dominated by George Russell, who was the quickest with a 1:26.072. Among the young guns, Felipe Drugovich stole the show with the fastest lap time, securing P2. Robert Shwartzman, another promising young driver, finished at P8.

Here’s how it all went down. The drivers kicked off FP1 on medium tyres, except for the two Ferraris who chose soft tyres. Jake Dennis, a young driver, faced the first hiccup of the day. His helmet wasn’t fitted right, so he had to make a quick pit stop.

Patricio O’Ward had a close shave at the final corner, but managed to keep his car under control. He wasn’t the only one pushing the envelope. Frederik Vesti lost traction in Sector 2, and Jack Doohan veered wide in Turn 1.

Theo Pourchaire also had a rough start, struggling with bottoming in the first three corners. Jack Doohan nearly rear-ended Logan Sargeant’s car, as Sargeant was slow to let him pass. This incident led to an investigation into Sargeant’s erratic driving by the stewards.

Half an hour in, teams started switching to soft tyres. This included Mercedes, Williams, and Haas. Zak O’Sullivan, on soft tyres, drifted wide at the last corner but managed to hold on. Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz also had trouble with the final corner. In the session’s final minutes, Isack Hadjar almost hit Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin. This led to another investigation into erratic driving.

Most teams wrapped up their final stints on soft tyres. But George Russell, on medium tyres, held on to his lead in FP1.

There was a close call between Doohan and Sargeant during FP1, but a crash was avoided.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

Related F1 News