Drivers get acquainted with 2023 groups in Abu Dhabi take a look at
Numerous 2023 drivers, together with Oscar Piastri (pictured), Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, are getting their first style of their new groups after switching for the Abu Dhabi take a look at.
Groups are operating for one closing day this yr as a part of a Pirelli tire take a look at, however not like earlier assessments they’re allowed to run two automobiles without delay. One should do tire testing whereas the opposite is a younger driver take a look at, that means a number of race drivers are concerned.
Whereas the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Pink Bull have their traditional drivers sharing a automobile and children on the opposite aspect of the storage, the likes of McLaren are capable of run their full 2023 driver line-up for the primary time as Piastri fulfills the rookie function alongside Lando Norris.
Fernando Alonso formally joins Aston Martin on January 1. Mark Sutton/Motorsport Photographs
Alpine have Pierre Gasly within the automobile alongside Jack Doohan, whereas the person Gasly is changing, Fernando Alonso, will get all the way down to work at Aston Martin. Alonso is operating in an unbranded automobile as a result of contractual commitments as he’s technically on mortgage from Alpine and due to this fact unable to advertise the Aston Martin manufacturers. Alonso will hand over to Lance Stroll in the course of the afternoon, with Felipe Drugovich testing within the different automobile.
There’s additionally a full 2023 line-up in place at AlphaTauri, the place Nyck de Vries will get his first operating along with his new crew alongside Yuki Tsunoda, and at Williams as Logan Sargeant – formally confirmed for subsequent season on Monday – and Alex Albon perform duties.
For Haas, Nico Hulkenberg is getting his first operating with the crew earlier than his return to F1 subsequent yr, finishing up the tire take a look at duties whereas Pietro Fittipaldi counts because the rookie within the second VF-22.