The 2022 Formula 1 automobiles have been run collectively for the ultimate time as Ferrari rounded out the 12 months with a one-two-three on a busy day of testing in Abu Dhabi.
Teams may run two automobiles all through Tuesday on the Yas Marina Circuit, with one among them used for testing 2023 tyre compounds and the opposite designated to a rookie driver that might use each this and subsequent 12 months’s tyres.
That opened up the likelihood for a variety of drivers to get their first outings for brand new groups, because the likes of Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Nico Hulkenberg have been all seen of their new automobiles for the primary time.
But it was a pair of acquainted faces who topped the occasions on the finish of the nine-hour day, with Carlos Sainz on a 1m 25.245s quickest for Ferrari forward of his workforce mate Charles Leclerc, the 2 separated by simply over 0.1s.
Sainz had taken over from Leclerc for the afternoon whereas Robert Shwartzman carried out the rookie driver duties, and a late lap from the take a look at driver noticed him find yourself third, solely 0.017s slower than Leclerc’s greatest effort.
Gasly marked his first day within the Alpine with the fourth quickest time, ending up simply over 0.4s shy of Sainz with a flying lap within the closing 10 minutes of operating because the floodlights took maintain after sundown.
World champion Max Verstappen was fifth after taking on from Sergio Perez at lunchtime and finishing 76 laps, forward of the Williams pair of Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. Williams have been one among three groups in a position to run their full 2023 driver line-up as a result of Sargeant being a rookie, one thing McLaren and AlphaTauri have been additionally in a position to do.
De Vries was seventh general and the busiest driver of the day as he amassed a formidable 152 laps, spinning as soon as within the morning however ending up forward of Lance Stroll, Liam Lawson for Red Bull – who like De Vries additionally spun at Turn 5 – and Jack Doohan for Alpine.
Former Alpine driver Alonso’s race on Sunday got here to a untimely finish when he was pressured to retire with a suspected water leak, so it was maybe no shock he was desirous to be first out on monitor and get as a lot operating as potential with new workforce Aston Martin throughout Tuesday’s take a look at.
Alonso was additionally first on monitor after the opening pink flag of the day, and drove into the afternoon earlier than handing over to new workforce mate Lance Stroll, finishing 97 laps that got here with some ache as a result of his seat, however which supplied him with a constructive first impression of Aston’s automotive.
Another driver to go away Alpine this 12 months – Piastri – ended up 14th general on his public debut for McLaren and comfortably exceeded 100 laps regardless of inflicting the primary pink flag of the day when he stopped at Turn 7. That was one among two interruptions, the opposite for particles – though that pink flag that was so short-lived that Hulkenberg entered the pit lane and was in a position to roll straight by and rejoin the monitor because the session went inexperienced once more.
It was necessary for Hulkenberg to make up for some misplaced time on his Haas debut, not solely as a result of having had three years out of full-time competitors but additionally as a result of he misplaced two hours of operating within the morning after stopping within the center sector with a technical problem. The incident didn’t require a pink flag, however did see the German miss a bit of monitor time earlier than happening to log 110 laps and end nineteenth quickest, simply over 0.1s and two positions forward of Pietro Fittipaldi.
Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test Leaderboard
|Driver||Team||Best Time||Laps Completed|
|1. Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||1m 25.245s||65|
|2. Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1m 25.383s||56|
|3. Robert Shwartzman||Ferrari||1m 25.400s||116|
|4. Pierre Gasly||Alpine||1m 25.689s||130|
|5. Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1m 25.845s||76|
|6. Alex Albon||Williams||1m 25.959s||118|
|7. Logan Sargeant||Williams||1m 26.063s||82|
|8. Nyck de Vries||AlphaTauri||1m 26.111s||151|
|9. Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1m 26.263s||70|
|10. Liam Lawson||Red Bull||1m 26.281s||111|
|11. Jack Doohan||Alpine||1m 26.297s||111|
|12. Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin||1m 26.312s||97|
|13. Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1m 26.333s||88|
|14. Oscar Piastri||McLaren||1m 26.340s||123|
|15. Felipe Drugovich||Aston Martin||1m 26.595s||106|
|16. Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1m 26.709s||129|
|17. Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m 26.750s||67|
|18. Lando Norris||McLaren||1m 26.890s||115|
|19. Nico Hulkenberg||Haas||1m 27.000s||110|
|20. Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||1m 27.123s||135|
|21. Pietro Fittipaldi||Haas||1m 27.172s||99|
|22. Frederik Vesti||Mercedes||1m 27.216s||124|
|23. George Russell||Mercedes||1m 27.240s||73|
|24. Theo Pourchaire||Alfa Romeo||1m 27.591s||106|