Follow all the latest updates from the post-season Abu Dhabi test: PlanetF1

The racing may be over, but the on-track action hasn’t finished quite yet. PlanetF1 are live in Abu Dhabi to bring you all the latest from the post-season test.

The final day of on-track F1 action in 2022 sees two tests running concurrently on Tuesday at Yas Marina. Each team provides one car for Pirelli tire testing, which is being carried out by the usual race drivers, or the experienced new arrivals.

In the second car, the teams are also carrying out a Young Driver Test, where their junior prospects are given a chance to shine.

Latest leaderboard (13:00pm local)

  1. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:25.383 50 Laps
  2. Robert Shwartzman Ferrari 1:26.067 62 Laps
  3. Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:26.312 69 laps
  4. Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:26.333 88 laps
  5. Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:26.555 62 Laps
  6. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:26.709 51 Laps
  7. Lando Norris McLaren 1:26.890 45 Laps
  8. Felipe Drugovich Aston Martin 1:27.053 57 Laps
  9. Alex Albon Williams 1:27.369 47 Laps
  10. Liam Lawson Red Bull 1:27.490 46 Laps
  11. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:27.565 55 Laps
  12. Jack Doohan Alpine 1:27.569 57 Laps
  13. Theo Pourchaire Alfa Romeo 1:27.620 53 Laps
  14. George Russell Mercedes 1:27.639 45 Laps
  15. Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:27.690 49 Laps
  16. Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:27.696 68 Laps
  17. Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:27.892 50 Laps
  18. Nico Hulkenberg Haas 1:28.412 27 Laps
  19. Logan Sargeant Williams 1:28.413 38 Laps
  20. Frederick Vesti Mercedes 1:28.446 70 Laps
  21. Max Verstappen Red Bull No time
  22. Lance Stroll Aston Martin No time
  23. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes No time
  24. Carlos Sainz Ferrari No time

Which drivers are in action at the post-season test?

All times are local

1335: It may not be an official break, but almost everyone is back in the pits – just four cars on track now.

1325: And it wasn’t. All fine and dandy again now. We’re set to see Max Vestappen, Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll on the track later this afternoon. Lewis didn’t pull a sickie after all!

13:12: Red flag – debris on track between Turns 3 and 4. Can confirm Nyck de Vries was NOT on track at the time (if you know, you know!)

It shouldn’t be a long red flag.

1:05 p.m.: We’ve hit the unofficial lunch hour and, while most are back in the pits, some are electing to continue. Leclerc is on track, as are Norris, Albon, and Russell.

1258: Most of the cars are back in the pits now – Albon, Pourchaire, Fittipaldi, Sargeant, and Vesti are the only drivers on track.


1250: 10 minutes until the unofficial lunch hour, and it’s still Leclerc out front with a 1:25.383 as he carries out Pirelli’s test program. Robert Shwartzman is second in the other Ferrari, carrying out Ferrari’s Young Driver obligation for this test.

Alonso has had a very productive morning – he’s in third with 69 laps on the board.

1239: Nico Hulkenberg is back out on track for Haas following his stoppage earlier. That’s cost him about two hours of precious track time as he looks to blow off a few cobwebs.

1233: Into the final 30 minutes of the first session now. The one-hour lunch break is coming up at 1300 local time. The afternoon session runs from 1400 to 1800.

1226: Yip, Piastri is back into the action.

1224: With the McLaren having been returned to the garage, it looks as if Piastri could be back out again soon.

1209: Pierre Gasly has covered more laps than anyone else, 66, in Alonso’s 2022 car!

1200: Final hour before lunch and the time to beat is Leclerc’s 1:25.383.

1152: Alonso in the Aston Martin, that’s going to take a bit of getting used to, is up to third.

1147: Green light, and we’re back under way! Perez, Gasly, Fittipaldi, and Vesti all head straight back out on track.

1145: Still under red flag conditions here at Yas Marina, as Piastri’s stricken McLaren is recovered. Just over six hours remain in the 2022 season!

1130: We have our first red flag of the day! Oscar Piastri has broken down on the track after Turn 7 – we can just about see the car from the media center.

McLaren's Oscar Piastri broke down in testing in Abu Dhabi.  Yas Marina, November 2022.

1115: While Sergio Perez leads the way on laps racked up so far with 48 tours of Yas Marina, the driver with the fewest laps under his belt today is Alex Albon – he’s done just nine laps so far.

George Russell hasn’t managed many more – he’s on 12 laps as he carries out Mercedes’ tire testing program this morning. Lewis Hamilton will take over for the afternoon.

1110: While Oscar Piastri may be getting most of the photographer’s attention today, as he makes his McLaren debut, but Lando Norris is out there as well! He’s currently P6, and just logged his 42nd lap of the day.

1105: Fernando Alonso is back out on the track after his earlier break in the pits for what appeared to be setup changes. He’s racked up another nine laps since, taking him to a total of 29 in the first two hours.

Haas only have one car on the track at the moment, as Nico Hulkenberg’s car broke down on the track – however, he got it off the track and there was no stoppage.

1055: A very steady period, plenty of laps being put up with very little in the way of drama.

Charles Leclerc remains at the top with a 1:25.674, four-tenths clear of Ferrari teammate Robert Shwartzman in the other F1-75.

1030: 12th place on the timesheets, with 22 laps on the board – Jack Doohan is enjoying his Young Driver outing with Alpine so far this morning.

Alpine's Jack Doohan at the Abu Dhabi test.  Yas Marina, November 2022. Alpine’s Jack Doohan at the Abu Dhabi test. Yas Marina, November 2022.

1015: 20 laps on the board for Fernando Alonso in his unbranded Aston Martin so far, but it looks like his running is over for the time being.

Why? This is why…

Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso at the 2022 Abu Dhabi test.  Yas Marina, November 2022. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso at the 2022 Abu Dhabi test. Yas Marina, November 2022.



McLaren's Oscar Piastri in the pits at Abu Dhabi testing.  Yas Marina, November 2022. McLaren’s Oscar Piastri in the pits at Abu Dhabi testing. Yas Marina, November 2022.

0945: Liam Lawson is the latest to have a spin – around he goes at Turn 5, but continues without incident.

All very steady out on track so far, with a surprising amount of laps already. Leading the way in terms of mileage is McLaren newbie Oscar Piastri – he’s done 19 laps so far, while Perez and Vesti are each on 17.

0935: Robert Shwartzman has spun at Turn 16, and continued.

Alonso’s also gone off at Turn 13, but continued without issue.



0910: A quick spin for Nyck de Vries down at Turn 5, but he’s kept it running and off he goes again.

0910: A nice busy start to proceedings here, as everyone bar Verstappen, Stroll, Albon, Hamilton, and Sainz has put in at least one lap in the first few minutes.

It’s Perez at the top early on, he’s already on his 10th lap of the day.

0900: Lights go green, and we’re underway in Abu Dhabi for the final day of track action!

0855: The timing screens in the media center have sprung into life, and we have a definite plan of action for today! 24 drivers are expected to hit the track over the course of the next nine hours. Here’s the plan for each team:

  • Red Bull – Verstappen/Perez (Tyres) / Lawson (Young Driver)
  • Ferrari – Leclerc/Sainz (Tyres) / Shwartzman (Young Driver)
  • McLaren – Norris (Tyres) / Piastri (Young Driver)
  • Alpine – Gasly (Tires) / Doohan (Young Driver)
  • AlphaTauri – Tsunoda (Tyres) / De Vries (Young Driver)
  • Aston Martin – Alonso (Tyres) / Drugovich (Young Driver)
  • Haas – Hulkenberg (Tyres) / Fittipaldi (Young Driver)
  • Mercedes – Hamilton/Russell (Tyres) / Vesti (Young Driver)
  • Williams – Albon (Tyres) / Sargeant (Young Driver)
  • Alfa Romeo – Bottas (Tyres) / Pourchaire (Young Driver)

0850: The plan for today is to run from 9am to 6pm, with an unofficial lunch break between 1 and 2pm (all local time). Two tests are underway, Pirelli tire testing, as well as a Young Driver Test.

To that end, each team will be running two cars today – one for each test.


0830: The action for today starts at 9am local time (5am UK time) and runs through to 6pm.

0800: Good morning from the Yas Marina circuit! The F1 2022 season may be done and dusted but, before everyone in the F1 paddock can rest up and recharge the batteries for next season, we have one final test to follow in Abu Dhabi.

We’ll be here with you all day (or night depending on where you’re reading from!) to bring you all the very latest, with Thomas Maher reporting in from the track. Make sure you also give him a follow on Twitter (while it still exists) here – @thomasmaheronf1

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