Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and Robert Shwartzman achieved the three best post-season test times at the wheel of the Ferrari, ahead of Pierre Gasly, who discovered the Alpine.
Two days after the end of the season in Abu Dhabi, it was not yet vacation time for the drivers in the Formula 1 paddock. They had a date for a nine-hour post-season test day , and some were able to discover the single-seater of their new team, such as Pierre Gasly (passed from AlphaTauri to Alpine), Fernando Alonso (passed from Alpine to Aston Martin), or Logan Sargeant (who discovers the Williams). But it was two regulars who set the two best times of the session. Carlos Sainz Jr clocked 65 laps in his Ferrari, including one in 1’25″245. He was ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc by 138 thousandths. Another Ferrari completes the podium of the day, thanks to reserve driver Robert Shwartzman (23), vice-world champion of Formula 2 last year. In fourth place, we find Pierre Gasly, a little more than four tenths behind Sainz Jr. The Normand obviously got used to his Alpine very quickly. In the absence of Esteban Ocon, the French team’s reserve driver Jack Doohan placed his single-seater in eleventh place, just ahead of Fernando Alonso, who drove 97 laps at the wheel of the Aston Martin, despite pain related at his seat.
The pilots tested the tires
World champion Max Verstappen took fifth place. Yuki Tsunoda completed the most laps on his AlphaTauri (135), while Charles Leclerc completed the least (56). This test session, in addition to allowing rookies, young and old, to get used to their new car, also aimed to test the tires that Pirelli has prepared for 2023. Tires that drivers will be able to test again during the next day of testing, scheduled for February 23 at the Bahrain circuit, two weeks before the start of the season. And now, time for vacation!