Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2022 post-season test

Sainz, Leclerc and Shwartzman fill top three for Ferrari in final F1 test of 2022

F1 2022 post-season testing

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Ferrari’s drivers filled the top three positions in Formula 1’s single day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday.

The day ran as a single nine-hour session, and with each team able to run two cars. One was specifically for a driver with less than three grand prix starts to their name, and the other was to used primarily for testing prototypes of Pirelli’s 2023 tyres.

Ferrari ran their junior Robert Shwartzman in their ‘young driver’ car, while their usual race weekend line-up shared the second vehicle. Charles Leclerc ran the majority of the day before handing over to Carlos Sainz Jnr for the final three-and-a-half hours.

Sainz set the fastest lap, on a more rubbered-in track, with a 1:25’245 effort which put him 0.138 seconds ahead of Leclerc, but almost one-and-a-half seconds off Max Verstappen’s pole position time from last weekend. Sainz also covered more laps than Leclerc, 65 to his team mate’s 56.

Leclerc had lost useful track time earlier in the day due to yellow and red flags. New AlphaTauri signing Nyck de Vries, Red Bull’s reserve driver Liam Lawson and Shwartzman – who was third fastest overall – had spins early on, then Oscar Piastri caused a stoppage when his McLaren stopped on track.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Yas Marina, 2022 post-season test
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There was a later red flag period for debris too, before the handovers at several teams. Fernando Alonso, driving a sponsor-free Aston Martin as he remains contracted as an Alpine driver, got out of his car so Lance Stroll could drive it. Sergio Perez gave up his Red Bull to Max Verstappen and Mercedes swapped George Russell for Lewis Hamilton.

Pierre Gasly got his first taste of life as an Alpine driver, in unbranded overalls, by going fourth-fastest ahead of Verstappen plus new Williams duo Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. De Vries had a productive start to his time at AlphaTauri, as he set more laps than anyone else and was eighth-fastest.

Other young drivers taking part in the test included Lawson in 10th, Alpine junior Jack Doohan in 11th, Formula 2 champions Oscar Piastri and Felipe Drugovich (Aston Martin) in 14th and 15th, Haas reserve Pietro Fittipaldi in 21st and then F2 team mates Frederik Vesti (Mercedes) and Theo Pourchaire (Alfa Romeo) at the bottom of the times.

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Pos.Car numberDriverTeamModelBest timeGapLaps
155Carlos Sainz JnrFerrariF1-751’25.24565
216Charles LeclercFerrariF1-751’25.3830.13856
339Robert ShwartzmanFerrariF1-751’25.4000.155116
410Pierre GaslyAlpineA5221’25.6890.444130
51Max VerstappenRed BullRB181’25.8450.60076
623Alexander AlbonWilliamsFW441’25.9590.714118
745Logan SargeantWilliamsFW441’26.0630.81882
841Nyck de VriesAlphaTauriAT031’26.1110.866151
918Lance StrollAston MartinAMR221’26.2631.01870
1036Liam LawsonRed BullRB181’26.2811.036111
1182Jack DoohanAlpineA5221’26.2971.052111
1214Fernando AlonsoAston MartinAMR221’26.3121.06797
1311Sergio PerezRed BullRB181’26.3331.08888
1428Oscar PiastriMcLarenMCL361’26.3401.095123
1534Felipe DrugovichAston MartinAMR221’26.5951.350106
1677Valtteri BottasAlfa RomeoC421’26.7091.464129
1744Lewis HamiltonMercedesW131’26.7501.50567
184Lando NorrisMcLarenMCL361’26.8901.645115
1927Nico HulkenbergHaasVF-221’27.0001.755110
2022Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriAT031’27.1231.878135
2151Pietro FittipaldiHaasVF-221’27.1721.92799
2221Frederik VestiMercedesW131’27.2161.971124
2363George RussellMercedesW131’27.2401.99573
2498Theo PourchaireAlfa RomeoC421’27.5912.346106

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10 comments on “Sainz, Leclerc and Shwartzman fill top three for Ferrari in final F1 test of 2022”

  1. The first time in a while with a Ferrari top 3 in any session & something that probably won’t happen again soon.

    1. Well, when was the last time we had 3 Ferrari drivers in any position?

      1. Italy 1976.
        And the last Ferrari 1-2-3 finish in a race was the 1961 British Grand Prix.

        I don’t know if that was the last session where we had a Ferrari 1-2-3 – lots of data to go through and not sure if all historical data of free practices has been preserved somewhere.

        1. ‘61? The Sharknose? Oh what a surprise.
          Well, thanks for the info

  2. 24 drivers… Am I dreaming? Hopefully in 2026…

  3. Nice lap time for Robert, did he already had driven the F1-75 on track?

  4. Very surprised to see this: the big 3 brought 3 cars, plus aston martin, while the others only brought 2, maybe for money reasons, at least some of them like haas and williams.

    1. Ah, no, says 2 cars early on, still unusual that 4 teams ran 3 drivers and the other 6 teams only 2.

    2. 2 cars the car for the 2023 were used by the two racing drivers for Red Bull Mac and Sergio morning and afternoon while the other car was for the newbie the whole day.

  5. One two three, gonna have a cup of tea…

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