Alonso and Piastri start the new team as F1 testing begins

The teams stayed at the Yas Marina Circuit for testing on Tuesday, from 9am to 6pm to give them a chance to complete some final laps with their 2022 cars.

Deals have been struck for drivers to swap teams for testing, including two-time world champion Alonso, who made his Aston Martin debut before his move from Alpine in 2023.

Alonso was the first driver out of the pit lane on Tuesday morning, wearing a blank overalls, a flashy camo helmet design and a car hood without sponsors due to his existing agreements with Alpine.

Alonso said Sunday night that the test day was “like gold” to give him a chance to get up faster with Aston Martin, working on items such as seat position, pedals and steering wheel controls before joining full-time on January 1. .

A similar benefit would be for Bastry, whose contract saga involving McLaren and Alpine dominated headlines over the summer before F1’s Contract Recognition Board finally ruled in McLaren’s favour.

The Australian is out early with McLaren, enjoying his first time in a Formula 1 car since Alpine was told he would not race for the team next year and his testing program halted.

Another driver to join their new team for testing was Pierre Gasly, who was given permission to link up with Albin, once again wearing blanks for the day. His replacement at AlphaTauri, Nyck de Vries, was loaned to the team by Mercedes for the run.

Oscar Piastri, McLaren

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

Nico Hulkenberg made his Haas debut after being confirmed in the team last week, getting a full day of running in a VF-22 to get up to speed ahead of his return to F1 next year.

The only driver to make his debut in today’s Formula 1 session is Frederic Veste, who completes the requirements for a young Mercedes driver to run in a W13.

All teams will present two cars on Tuesday: one for young drivers who have not competed in more than two races, and one for testing Pirelli tires that should be driven by those with more experience.

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Red Bull: Sergio Perez (AM), Max Verstappen (PM), Liam Lawson
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc (AM), Carlos Sainz (PM), Robert Schwartzman
Mercedes: George Russell (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM), Frederic Veste
Alps: Pierre Gasly and Jacques Doohan
McLarenLando Norris and Oscar Piastri
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas and Theo Pourchaire
Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll (end of the day), Felipe Drugovic
Haas: Nico Hulkenberg and Pietro Fittipaldi
AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda and Nick de Vries
williams: Alex Albon and Logan Sargent

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