F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Russell Tops First Practice with 10 Rookies in Action
FP1 featured 10 drivers making way for rookies, as all the teams bar AlphaTauri, which had regulars Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo in the AT04s still sporting their Las Vegas livery, completed their rookie practice running requirement for the year.
Rookies Take Center Stage
For Red Bull to do this, it needed both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to make way, with 2023 Formula E world champion and Red Bull development driver, Alex Lynn, taking over Verstappen’s car while Dennis Hauger drove for Perez.
Williams Tops the Timesheets
In an unexpected turn of events, George Russell managed to top the timesheets in his Williams, showing the potential of the young driver and giving hope to the team for a successful race weekend.
AlphaTauri Stands Out
While AlphaTauri chose not to participate in the rookie practice session, their regular drivers showcased impressive performance. Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, sporting the iconic Las Vegas livery on their AT04s, demonstrated their skill and familiarity with the track.
A Thrilling Start to the Grand Prix Weekend
The first practice session of the Abu Dhabi GP proved to be an exciting affair, with 10 rookie drivers taking the opportunity to showcase their talents. With unexpected performances and notable displays of skill, fans can expect an action-packed race weekend ahead.