Sebastian Vettel lapped fastest for Ferrari in the final practice session of the Formula One season on Saturday with Mercedes title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fourth and fifth.Vettel, facing a winless year after three victories in 2015, set a quickest lap of one minute 40.775 seconds on the ultrasoft tyres in a hot afternoon session at the Yas Marina circuit.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.137 slower, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third on the timesheets.Rosberg leads team mate Hamilton by 12 points going into Sunday’s season-ending showdown, with both on nine race wins, and the German needs only to finish on the podium to secure his first championship.Hamilton, who was fastest in both Friday practice sessions, has won the last three races but knows the title battle is out of his control.Both Mercedes drivers set their quickest times earlier in the session than rivals, with the main focus on later qualifying.Hamilton reported a loss of power early on, a problem Mercedes made light of and described as just an “unexpected de-rate” of the engine.The Briton also complained that he was “constantly getting an issue” with the brakes.
TagsCommercial Real EstateCoronavirusoffice marketWeWork Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed across the country, but won’t be an instant panacea for office landlords. (iStock)It’s been a rough year for the office market — and it’s unlikely that the first half of next year will be much better.Even though Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed across the country, public health and real estate experts believe that a return to the office likely will not happen until late spring or early summer, the Wall Street Journal reports.Experts say that it will take months for the vaccine rollout to become effective and for employees to reach herd immunity, meaning remote work will continue in the next year and office rents will continue to drop.The real estate firm CBRE projects that office rents could fall by as much as 8 percent in 2021.ADVERTISEMENTIn the meantime, landlords are dealing with mostly empty offices. An average of about 23 percent of workers in 10 cities had returned to the office the week of Dec. 16, according to Kastle Systems, which tracks access-card swipes. The highest rate since the pandemic was 27.4 percent in mid-October, Kastle said.Some companies are planning their return to the office in light of the promising vaccine news. In New York, 25 new tenants per week were searching for office space in the first two weeks of December, up from 20 per week in November, according to the data firm VTS.Many of these companies are considering leasing space from co-working operators such as WeWork and Industrious, according to the Journal.[WSJ] — Keith Larsen