RACE DEBRIEF

    The 2022 Formula 1 cars have been run together for the final time as Ferrari rounded out the year with a one-two-three on a busy day of testing in Abu Dhabi.

    Teams could run two cars throughout Tuesday at the Yas Marina Circuit, with one of them used for testing 2023 tyre compounds and the other designated to a rookie driver that could use both this and next year’s tyres.

    That opened up the possibility for a number of drivers to get their first outings for new teams, as the likes of Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Nico Hulkenberg were all seen in their new cars for the first time.

    GALLERY: Check out Alonso, Gasly, Piastri and more as they debut for their new teams in Abu Dhabi test

    But it was a pair of familiar faces who topped the times at the end of the nine-hour day, with Carlos Sainz on a 1m 25.245s quickest for Ferrari ahead of his team mate Charles Leclerc, the two separated by just over 0.1s.

    Sainz had taken over from Leclerc for the afternoon while Robert Shwartzman carried out the rookie driver duties, and a late lap from the test driver saw him end up third, only 0.017s slower than Leclerc’s best effort.

    1443490589
    Nyck de Vries was the busiest driver as he completed 152 laps for his new team AlphaTauri

    Gasly marked his first day in the Alpine with the fourth quickest time, ending up just over 0.4s shy of Sainz with a flying lap in the final 10 minutes of running as the floodlights took hold after sunset.

    World champion Max Verstappen was fifth after taking over from Sergio Perez at lunchtime and completing 76 laps, ahead of the Williams pair of Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. Williams were one of three teams able to run their full 2023 driver line-up due to Sargeant being a rookie, something McLaren and AlphaTauri were also able to do.

    ‘I feel honoured’ – Alonso overjoyed with first drive for ‘iconic brand’ Aston Martin at Abu Dhabi test

    De Vries was seventh overall and the busiest driver of the day as he amassed an impressive 152 laps, spinning once in the morning but ending up ahead of Lance Stroll, Liam Lawson for Red Bull – who like De Vries also spun at Turn 5 – and Jack Doohan for Alpine.

    Former Alpine driver Alonso’s race on Sunday came to a premature end when he was forced to retire with a suspected water leak, so it was perhaps no surprise he was eager to be first out on track and get as much running as possible with new team Aston Martin during Tuesday’s test.

    1443525259
    Piastri completed over 100 laps with McLaren despite causing a red flag after stopping on track

    Alonso was also first on track after the opening red flag of the day, and drove into the afternoon before handing over to new team mate Lance Stroll, completing 97 laps that came with some pain due to his seat, but which provided him with a positive first impression of Aston’s car.

    READ MORE: 'It was definitely very special' – Gasly 'emotional' after driving Alpine for first time at Abu Dhabi test

    Another driver to leave Alpine this year – Piastri – ended up 14th overall on his public debut for McLaren and comfortably exceeded 100 laps despite causing the first red flag of the day when he stopped at Turn 7. That was one of two interruptions, the other for debris – although that red flag that was so short-lived that Hulkenberg entered the pit lane and was able to roll straight through and rejoin the track as the session went green again.

    It was important for Hulkenberg to make up for some lost time on his Haas debut, not only due to having had three years out of full-time competition but also because he lost two hours of running in the morning after stopping in the middle sector with a technical issue. The incident didn’t require a red flag, but did see the German miss a chunk of track time before going on to log 110 laps and finish 19th quickest, just over 0.1s and two positions ahead 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