Abu Dhabi F1 test: Leclerc in the lead at mid-session, Gasly very prolific

The drivers met one last time this morning to kick off the F1 test day in Abu Dhabi, intended both for Pirelli tests and for young drivers (see table below for entries). This day began at 9 a.m. local time, or 6 a.m. in France.

It was the occasion in particular for Pierre Gasly at Alpine F1, Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin, Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri and Nico Hülkenberg at Haas, to discover their new team. Oscar Piastri was able to discover the MCL36 at McLaren.

De Vries made a small spin at the start of the session, without consequences. Robert Shwartzman did the same at Ferrari a few minutes later, again without any subsequent problems.

The drivers immediately chained the laps, before another spin on the track, this time for Liam Lawson. Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin, unlike other single-seaters, was devoid of sponsors. Hülkenberg had to put his Haas on its side due to a mechanical problem.

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The drivers were very studious and prolific until 11:30 am, when Piastri pulled over, his McLaren having suffered damage. The session resumed after almost a 20-minute break.

Pierre Gasly had a trouble-free morning in the Alpine and chained the laps in the A522, and Piastri was able to get back behind the wheel 40 minutes after the resumption of the session. A limited waste of time for the young Australian, who is working with his new team.

Hülkenberg returned to the track shortly before the break, to check that the repairs on the VF-22 were well done. The pilots then re

It is Charles Leclerc who leads this morning ahead of his teammate of the day, Shwartzman, and Alonso. Sergio Pérez is fourth ahead of Gasly on the Alpine. Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris follow ahead of Aston Martin’s new development driver, Felipe Drugovich.

Alex Albon and Lawson complete the top 10 ahead of Yuki Tsunoda, Jack Doohan and Théo Pourchaire, who is testing young for Alfa Romeo. George Russell, Pietro Fittipaldi, de Vries, Piastri and Hülkenberg follow, ahead of Logan Sargeant and young Mercedes F1 driver Frederik Vesti, who however has completed 70 laps.

The ranking will soon be updated with the rounds

Mid-session times:

pos. Pilot Car Time Towers
01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:25.383 50
02 Robert Schwartzman Ferrari F1-75 1:26.067 62
03 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:26.312 69
04 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:26.333 88
05 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault A522 1:26.555 62
06 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:26.709 51
07 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:26.890 45
08 Felipe Drugovich Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:27.053 57
09 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:27.369 47
10 Liam Lawson Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:27.490 46
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:27.565 55
12 Jack Doohan Alpine Renault A522 1:27.569 57
13 Theo Pourchaire Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:27.620 53
14 george russell Mercedes W13 1:27.639 45
15 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:27.690 49
16 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:27.805 68
17 Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:27.892 50
18 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:28.412 27
19 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes FW44 1:28.413 38
20 Frederik Vesti Mercedes W13 1:28.738 70
21 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 -:—.—
22 carlos sainz Ferrari F1-75 -:—.—
23 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 -:—.—
24 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 -:—.—

The table of committed pilots:

Crew Car 1: Pirelli test driver(s) Car 2: Young driver
Red Bull Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen Liam Lawson
Ferrari Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc Robert Schwartzman
Mercedes F1 George Russell and Lewis Hamilton Frederik Vesti
Alpine F1 Pierre Gasly Jack Doohan
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas Theo Pourchaire
Aston Martin F1 Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll Felipe Drugovich
Haas F1 Nico Hulkenberg Pietro Fittipaldi
Alpha Tauri Yuki Tsunoda Nyck de Vries
williams Alex Albon Logan Sargeant


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