F1 2021 test – Robert Shwartzman was fastest of the 10 drivers who participated in the final day of testing at the Yas Marina circuit today, having switched from Ferrari to Haas.
Haas ended the final day of Formula 1’s 2021 post-season Abu Dhabi test on top with Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman at the wheel.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Best time||Gap||Laps|
|3||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1’26.379||1.031||134|
|6||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Ferrari||1’26.706||1.358||151|
|8||24||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||1’27.850||2.502||150|
|9||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||1’27.991||2.643||118|
Shwartzman, who finished runner-up to Alpine junior Oscar Piastri in Formula 2 this year, was the only driver to use a 2021 car and tyres on the second and final day of the test.
The other nine drivers in the test were all using mule cars with 2022 specification tyres.
Teams were given the choice of running a young driver in a 2021 car on either of the two days, Haas was the only team to choose Wednesday.
Shwartzman topped the session on a 1m25.348s, over two seconds slower than Mercedes Formula E champion Nyck de Vries’ session-topping time from Tuesday.
But he was half a second clear of the fastest mule car – Lando Norris’s McLaren.
Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin caused a red flag early on due to a hydraulic failure but recovered to go third quickest.
George Russell, who completed both days of running in Mercedes’ mule car, with Lewis Hamilton absent from the test and Valtteri Bottas making his Alfa Romeo debut on Tuesday, was fourth quickest ahead of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly who rounded out the top five.
Carlos Sainz was sixth quickest for Ferrari ahead of his compatriot Fernando Alonso.
The only rookie in the 2022 F1 field, Guanyu Zhou, was eighth fastest for his new Alfa Romeo team. He ran in its mule car, having driven its 2021 car on Tuesday.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was ninth-fastest for Red Bull and over two and a half seconds slower than Shwartzman’s best effort.
One-time F1 starter Pietro Fittipaldi was 10th and slowest in Haas’ mule car.
Williams were absent from the day’s running as the team doesn’t have a mule car to run. It was able to use its 2021 car for its junior driver Logan Sargeant on Tuesday.
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