Formula 1: Ferrari closed the year in the best way in postseason tests

The Scuderia made it 1-2-3 with Sainz, Leclerc and the rookie Shwartzman at the Yas Marina circuit. In three months the activity will resume.

572 kilometer(s) from Lusail Stadiumwhere the Selection debuted with an unexpected defeat against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, the Formula 1 that Argentines are so passionate about ended the season with the last postseason test in the circuit of Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.

Wherever on Sunday charles leclerc secured the runner-up over Sergio Czech perez, Ferrari He was left with good feelings by completing an impressive 1-2-3.

The ten teams that make up the current grid of the most important category of motorsports stayed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and each used two cars: one for the young drivers and one to help Pirelli with 2023 tire testing.

In a test day nine hoursLeclerc set the best time in the morning until Sainz took over in the Ferrari F1-75 with about four hours to go and obtained a record of 1:25.245, 138 thousandths faster than his teammate.

But the Scuderia’s performance did not end there. robert swartzmana member of the Ferrari Academy and tester for the Italian team, came third, finishing just 0.017 behind the Monegasque, completing an ideal day.

Just in three months on February 23, 2023F1 will be reconvened in Bahrain for the only pre-season test of a championship that will start on Sunday March 5 in that same place for the first date of a year with a record of races (24).

A Tuesday to pure debut

Despite the fact that two familiar faces were the ones who led the final times -Leclerc and Sainz in the best of the 65 and 56 laps they gave, respectively, with the Ferrari-, Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly, Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Nico Hulkenberg were seen in their new cars for the first time.

The most prominent, at least from the numbers, was Gaslywho finished fourth in his first outing with the Alpine after racing for Alpha Tauri until last weekend.

In the last ten minutes, the Frenchman was 0.4 seconds behind Sainz and ahead of the two-time champion max verstappen, who finished fifth after taking over in the afternoon at Red Bull; Checo PĂ©rez, on the other hand, was 13th overall and then traveled to stadium 974 to see Mexico’s debut, 0-0 against Poland, in the World Cup in Qatar.

Although Alonso in the Aston Martin came to be third in the middle of the day, he was finally 12th after completing 97 laps before handing over the car to Lance Strollwho was Sebastian Vettel’s teammate until the German retired on Sunday and finished ninth after 70 laps.

The one who did not do very well was Piastri in McLaren. The replacement of Daniel Ricciardo -and who had been trained by Renault but went to the British team in one of the bombings of the season- had to stop the car in the third hour when a power unit protection trigger activated, causing the first red flag of the day.

The Australian climbed back into the MCL36 and finished 14th overall on his public debut with McLaren and comfortably topped 100 laps (123) despite that turn 7 incident.

The other interruption, meanwhile, occurred with an experienced driver who will also make his Haas debut next season in the place of Mick Schumacher after being out of competition for three years.

Hulkenberg, who replaced Vettel at Aston Martin at the beginning of the year due to coronavirus, had a technical problem that caused his Haas VF-22 to stop in the second sector in the second hour.

The incident did not require a red flag, but it did deprive the German of a portion of track time before clocking up 110 laps and finishing 19th fastest, just over 0.1sec and two places ahead of Pietro Fittipaldithe test driver for the Gene Haas team.

The busiest driver of the day, meanwhile, was the Dutchman De Vrieswho finished eighth in the best of his 152 laps, while the two Williams men –alexander albon and the rookie logan sergeant– managed to improve during the last hour en route to sixth and seventh position. The top 10 closed it liam lawson from Red Bull.

What happened to the Mercedes, which went from low to high in this 2022? lewis hamilton Y George Russell they had similar times in the car – 67 and 73 laps – but finished 17th and 23rd, respectively. Something similar happened to Lando Norriswho finished 18th out of 24 drivers.

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