Fernando Alonso: Already in Abu Dhabi in Vettel’s car?  / System 1

Fernando Alonso: Already in Abu Dhabi in Vettel’s car? / System 1


The post-season testing in Abu Dhabi will be interesting because we could see around half a dozen regular 2023 drivers with their new teams. Here are the latest developments.

As part of the São Paulo Grand Prix, it has been known that the young Australian Oscar Piastri has already tested McLaren, in Le Castellet, with the McLaren MCL35M 2021, and the 2021 Formula 2 champion will be at the post-season test there. Abu Dhabi for the traditional English racing team. Piastri will replace compatriot Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren in 2023, partnering Lando Norris.

Piastri has a contract with Alpine until the end of the season. This means that it cannot be used in the first practice session for the Abu Dhabi GP. But McLaren has already announced that Mexico’s Pato O’Ward will sit out the Papai race at the Yas Marina Circuit when the starting light turns green for the first practice session.

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer confirms at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace: “We have reached an agreement with McLaren that Oscar is a free man once the season ends.”

Piastri is just one of the regular 2023 drivers already behind the wheel of their new racing team in Abu Dhabi. When Fernando Alonso was asked when he would start working at Aston Martin, the Formula 1 and sports car world champion replied: “On January 1, 2023.” But work continues behind the scenes to ensure the 32-time GP winner can be in Sebastian Vettel’s car at the post-season test.

Besides, one thing is certain: Pierre Gasly has received permission from Red Bull to do Alpine tests after the World Cup final, and Nyck de Vries can also start work for 2023, AlphaTauri.

In addition, American Logan Sargeant will run the first free practice for Williams at the Abu Dhabi GP and then also a test afterwards. At the end of the week, the Floridian from Fort Lauderdale also wants to get the final points to get the driver’s license F1 super license in the Formula 2 final.

Another new combination in Abu Dhabi: Haas will bring Kevin Magnussen’s 2023 team-mate to the track – most likely to be called Nico Hulkenberg.

Second training session, Sao Paulo

01. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, 1:14.604 min
02. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, 1:14.788
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 1:14.916
04. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, 1:15.049
05. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:15.098
06. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:15.137
07. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, 1:15.636
08. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, 1:15.684
09. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, 1:15.815
10. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, 1:15.851
11. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, 1:15.856
12. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, 1:15,865
13. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 1:15.868
14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, 1:15.994
15. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, 1:16.047
16. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, 1:16.181
17. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, 1:16.263
18. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, 1:16.400
19. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, 1:16.468
20. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, 1:16.480

Qualification, Sao Paulo

01. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, 1:11.674 minutes
02. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:11.877
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 1:12.059
04. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, 1:12.263
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, 1:12.357
06. Esteban Ocon (W), Alpine, 1:12.425
07. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, 1:12.504
08. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:12.611
09. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, 1:15.601
10. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, no time
11. Alex Albon (T), Williams, 1:11.631
12. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, 1:11.675
13. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, 1:11.678
14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, 1:12.140
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, 1:12.210
16. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, 1:15.095
17. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, 1:15.197
18. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, 1:15.486
19. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, 1:16,264
20. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, 1:16.361