Two days after the end of the season, the F1 teams met on the Yas Marina circuit for a day of testing. The opportunity to test the Pirelli tires for next season, with the introduction of a new compound in addition to the five already existing, for rookies (less than two Grands Prix on the clock) to drive in an F1 (Frederik Vesti at Mercedes, Liam Lawson at Red Bull, Jack Doohan at Alpine, Felipe Drugovich at Aston Martin, Théo Pourchaire at Alfa Romeo and Pietro Fittipaldi at Haas), but also for transferred or hired drivers to discover their new team. This was the case for Pierre Gasly (Alpine), Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), Nico Hülkenberg (Haas), Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri), Logan Sargeant (Williams) and Oscar Piastri (McLaren).
In this particular context, the lap times are obviously anecdotal, and Carlos Sainz should probably not be proud of having finished the day at the top of the time sheet in 1’25″245. In total, 24 drivers signed for the less than one lap and just over two seconds separate the fastest from the slowest (Théo Pourchaire in 1’27″591). Most present on the track was De Vries, who completed 151 laps in the AlphaTauri. But no less than 14 drivers have completed more than 100 laps and the lowest total is for Charles Leclerc, 56 laps with his Ferrari.
The test results.
Among the most observed drivers on this day, Fernando Alonso set the 12th time in the Aston Martin, with 97 laps on the clock. The Spaniard said he was delighted with this first experience with the green single-seater: “When I signed for Aston Martin, I was 90% happy. When I watched their end of the season and their progress, I was 100%. And after riding in the car, I’m over 100%. The potential of the team is exceptional. »
Pierre Gasly, in the Alpine, went a little faster than the one he replaces in the French team, with the 4th time in 1’25″689, and 130 laps, ideal for familiarizing himself with his new Oscar Piastri, who was able to take the wheel of the McLaren, finished 14th in the session (123 laps) in 1’26″340.