Server crash in race control caused DRS shutdown

A data server crash in race control caused DRS to be disabled at the start of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Formula 1’s ‘Drag Reduction System’ is typically activated at the end of a race’s second lap, but at Yas Marina, race control displayed a message on teams’ timing screens that DRS was disabled, a status which remained in force until lap 18 out of 55.

“It was basically a data server crash,” said FIA race director Michael Masi.

“Basically, we disabled it immediately and it wasn’t until we were 100% confident that it was all not only back up and running but back up and running with the correct data available, that we re-enabled it.

“We ran various checks working collaboratively between the FIA and the F1 Group to make sure that everything was working hunky-dory.

“We were not going to take a chance until we were confident.

“Basically, the DRS signals going to the cars, effectively there wasn’t a confident feed that we could rely upon.

“We had to make sure that it was effectively back up and running, and back up and running in a stable condition that we were confident that what was being sent was equal and correct.

“And once we were happy with that, between us we reactivated it and enabled DRS.”

Robert Kubica (POL), Williams F1 Team
29.11.2019. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 21, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, Practice Day.
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While a few drivers complained of obvious overtaking difficulties in the first part of the race, commentators noted a few good scraps taking place on the track as a result of the DRS’ unavailability.

Masi admitted that a breakdown for the entire duration of the race was a thought he preferred not to entertain.

“It wouldn’t have been a free for all, and to be honest, the exact impacts of it – I prefer not to even think about what they were!” said the Aussie, quoted by Autosport.

“But effectively, the precautionary measure straight away was just to do a global disable.

“There is a back-up. But the first part is to actually identify what the first issue was. And as we all know, with any back-up systems, there’s a lag with things clicking over.”

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2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from Yas Marina

Session Reports

FP1: Mercedes’ Bottas dominates opening practice in Abu Dhabi

FP2: Bottas edges Hamilton to remain on top on Friday

FP3: Verstappen takes top spot from Mercedes in final practice

Qualifying: Hamilton and Bottas top final qualifying of 2019 in Abu Dhabi

Race: Hamilton signs off season with big win in Abu Dhabi

Photos

Gallery: All the pictures from Thursday’s build-up at Yas Marina

Gallery: All the pictures from practice day at Yas Marina

Gallery: All the pictures from qualifying day at Yas Marina

Gallery: A final look at Formula 1’s Class of 2019

Gallery: All the pictures from race day at Yas Marina

Results

Free Practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.957s 23
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.492s + 0.535s 22
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.591s + 0.634s 20
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:38.084s + 1.127s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.906s + 1.949s 19
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.146s + 2.189s 18
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:39.249s + 2.292s 18
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.350s + 2.393s 19
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:39.423s + 2.466s 20
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:39.505s + 2.548s 22
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:39.628s + 2.671s 18
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:39.864s + 2.907s 23
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:39.888s + 2.931s 17
14 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:39.901s + 2.944s 17
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.969s + 3.012s 20
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.401s + 3.444s 17
17 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:40.687s + 3.730s 23
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:40.792s + 3.835s 21
19 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:40.850s + 3.893s 12
20 George Russell Williams 1:41.362s + 4.405s 24

Free Practice 2 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.256s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.566s + 0.310s 33
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.642s + 0.386s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.691s + 0.435s 28
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.807s + 0.551s 30
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:37.288s + 1.032s 30
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.601s + 1.345s 17
8 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:37.637s + 1.381s 32
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.651s + 1.395s 34
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.770s + 1.514s 36
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.834s + 1.578s 32
12 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.918s + 1.662s 32
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.985s + 1.729s 32
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.080s + 1.824s 31
15 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:38.122s + 1.866s 29
16 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:38.400s + 2.144s 26
17 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.415s + 2.159s 30
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.464s + 2.208s 32
19 George Russell Williams 1:39.512s + 3.256s 32
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:40.455s + 4.199s 32

Free Practice 3 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.566s 14
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.640s + 0.074s 17
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.655s + 0.089s 16
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:36.927s + 0.361s 17
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.975s + 0.409s 14
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:37.010s + 0.444s 15
7 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:37.516s + 0.950s 15
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:37.615s + 1.049s 13
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.691s + 1.125s 21
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.736s + 1.170s 16
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.768s + 1.202s 11
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.963s + 1.397s 17
13 Lando Norris McLaren 1:38.100s + 1.534s 17
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.198s + 1.632s 11
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:38.462s + 1.896s 15
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.514s + 1.948s 20
17 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:38.580s + 2.014s 13
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.782s + 2.216s 17
19 George Russell Williams 1:39.206s + 2.640s 15
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.859s + 3.293s 16

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.851s 1:35.634s 1:34.779s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.200s 1:35.674s 1:34.973s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.390s 1:36.275s 1:35.139s
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.478s 1:35.543s 1:35.219s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.963s 1:35.786s 1:35.339s
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:36.102s 1:36.718s 1:35.682s
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.545s 1:36.764s 1:36.436s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:37.106s 1:36.785s 1:36.456s
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:37.358s 1:36.308s 1:36.459s
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:37.506s 1:36.859s 1:36.710s
11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:36.961s 1:37.055s
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:37.198s 1:37.089s
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:37.528s 1:37.103s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.683s 1:37.141s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:37.710s 1:37.254s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.051s
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:38.114s
18 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:38.383s
19 George Russell Williams 1:38.717s
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.236s

Race results

Pos Driver Team Gap Stops
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 laps – 1:34:05.715s 1
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 16.772s 1
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 43.435s 2
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 44.379s 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 64.357s 2
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull + 69.205s 1
7 Sergio Pérez Racing Point + 1 lap 1
8 Lando Norris McLaren + 1 lap 1
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 lap 1
10 Carlos Sainz McLaren + 1 lap 2
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault + 1 lap 2
12 Nico Hülkenberg Renault + 1 lap 1
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 1
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1 lap 1
15 Romain Grosjean Haas + 1 lap 1
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
17 George Russell Williams + 1 lap 1
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso + 2 laps 1
19 Robert Kubica Williams + 2 laps 1
20 Lance Stroll Racing Point DNF 3

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Abu Dhabi GP: Sunday's action in pictures

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning season with a masterclass triumph at Yas Marina.

The curtain has fallen on the 2019 world championship, so here’s our final race weekend gallery of the year.

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