F1 has stayed on at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit this week for some post-season testing, with the session also serving as the first opportunity for several new team and driver combinations to work together.
After a host of driver market movements over the summer, one of the major changes for 2023 sees Fernando Alonso switch the blue of Alpine for the green of Aston Martin – taking up the spot vacated by the retired Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso hit the track in Aston colours for the first time on Tuesday morning, while the two-time champion’s replacement at Alpine, Pierre Gasly, experienced his new surroundings as he leaves the Red Bull/AlphaTauri family.
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Alonso jumps into the Aston Martin cockpit for the first time
Tuesday’s running gives Alonso a head start before 2023 pre-season testing
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Gasly gets to know his new engineers and mechanics at Alpine
Gasly completes his first laps in the Alpine, after moving over from AlphaTauri
Alpine will have an all-French line-up in 2023, with Gasly partnering Ocon
Hulkenberg waits patiently for his first outing in the 2022 Haas
Hulkenberg last competed full-time in F1 with Renault back in 2019
Piastri will make his F1 debut with McLaren in 2023
The Australian steps up after winning both the F3 and F2 titles
De Vries landed a drive at AlphaTauri after impressing during a stand-in appearance for Williams at Monza
The Dutchman will join Yuki Tsunoda for his first full season in the sport
De Vries had already driven a host of different 2022-spec cars throughout the year
Fresh from his confirmation as a Williams driver for 2023, Logan Sargeant was back out in the FW44
Jack Doohan was also behind the wheel of the Alpine A522
Robert Shwartzman took the F1-75 for a spin at Yas Marina
Frederik Vesti was running for Mercedes
Pietro Fittipaldi ran for Haas, alongside Hulkenberg
F2 champion Felipe Drugovich was alongside Alonso in the Aston Martin AMR22
Theo Pourchaire ran for Alfa Romeo
As the final driver confirmed on the 2023 grid just last week, there was also a maiden outing for Nico Hulkenberg at Haas, while Oscar Piastri and Nyck de Vries made their first official appearances for McLaren and AlphaTauri respectively.
Mercedes protege Frederik Vesti also got his first taste of F1 machinery as he climbed into the Mercedes W13.
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Vesti’s fellow F2 racers Jack Doohan (Alpine), Theo Pourchaire (Alfa Romeo), Felipe Drugovich (Aston Martin), Liam Lawson (Red Bull) and the newly-confirmed-at-Williams Logan Sargeant were also in action, along with Robert Shwartzman down at Ferrari and Pietro Fittipaldi at Haas – along with other members of the current F1 grid.
Check out some early shots of Alonso, Gasly, Hulkenberg, Piastri, De Vries and more with their new teams by flicking through the photo gallery above.