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Abu Dhabi Test Report: Sainz leads Ferrari one-two-three

With the final day of Formula 1 2022 action coming to a close, Carlos Sainz finished the test session ahead of Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Robert Shwartzman.

Robert Shwartzman Abu Dhabi Test
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Carlos Sainz finished the day at the front of a fabled Ferrari one-two-three result, ahead of teammates Charles Leclerc and Robert Shwartzman.

The 2022 British GP winner topped the final session of the season with a 1:25.245 in the afternoon's running, ahead of teammate Leclerc, who used the same car in the morning.

Shwartzman completed a full day to fulfil the team's rookie driver requirements in the second Ferrari car, finishing less than two tenths of a second off the pace on his 116-lap day.

Pierre Gasly finished a productive day for Alpine in P4 with 116 laps on the board.

World Champion Max Verstappen took over from Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in the afternoon, finishing P5 and six tenths off the pace, ahead of the Williams duo of Alex Albon and newcomer Logan Sargeant.

Nyck de Vries spent the entire day acclimatising to the AlphaTauri team and completing a mammoth 151 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit, over 2.5 times the Grand Prix distance.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Red Bull junior Liam Lawson completed the top ten, ahead of Alpine rookie Jack Doohan.

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New-for-2023 Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso ran in the first half of the day before handing the car over to Stroll. The Spanish driver took P12, took over one second off the pace, ahead of the second Red Bull of Perez.

Oscar Piastri finished the day in P14, not being affected by his earlier red flag. A second red flag of the day came in the early afternoon, but this was to clear some debris from the track.

Aston Martin junior and F2 Champion Felipe Drugovich was P15, ahead of Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

In the afternoon session, Lando Norris had an off-track moment before continuing and finishing the day in P18, with F1 returnee Nico Hulkenberg right behind, finishing P19 after his stoppage earlier in the day.

The 24-driver strong timesheet was completed by Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Pietro Fittipaldi (Haas), Frederik Vesti, George Russell (both Mercedes) and Theo Pourchaire (Alfa Romeo).

Results Abu Dhabi Post-Season F1 Test

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1. Sainz Ferrari 1.25,245 65
2. Leclerc Ferrari 1.25,383 56
3. Shwartzman Ferrari 1.25,400 116
4. Gasly Alpine 1.25,689 130
5. Verstappen Red Bull 1.25,845 76
6. Albon Williams 1.25,959 118
7. Sargeant Williams 1.26,063 82
8. De Vries AlphaTauri 1.26,111 151
9. Stroll Aston Martin 1.26,263 70
10. Lawson Red Bull 1.26,281 111
11. Doohan Alpine 1.26,297 111
12. Alonso Aston Martin 1.26,312 97
13. Perez Red Bull 1.26,333 88
14. Piastri McLaren 1.26,340 123
15. Drugovich Aston Martin 1.26,595 106
16. Bottas Alfa Romeo 1.26,709 129
17. Hamilton Mercedes 1.26,750 67
18. Norris McLaren 1.26,890 115
19. Hulkenberg Haas 1.27,000 110
20. Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1.27,123 135
21. Fittipaldi Haas 1.27,172 99
22. Vesti Mercedes 1.27,216 124
23. Russell Mercedes 1.27,240 73
24. Pourchaire Alfa Romeo 1.27,591 106

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