Abu Dhabi post-season test "We'll now head into the winter focused on preparing for the 2023 season"

Yas Marina Circuit, Saturday 22 November

Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, 2023 driver Oscar Piastri, and Executive Director, Racing Andrea Stella after the post-season test.

Laps  115 (607km/377m)
Best lap time 1:26.890s

"Useful day. It was good to get some time with these tyres to help Pirelli’s development of them into 2023 and to gather important data on how they operate. It was a productive day to round out the season. Big thanks to Pirelli and the team for their hard work. We’ll now head into the winter focused on preparing for the 2023 season, doing everything we can to start next year on the front foot."

Laps  123 (650km/404m)
Best lap time 1:26.340s

"A good first day with McLaren, I think we learnt a lot. It was great to finally join up with the team, and thanks to them for a good day of running. We did a lot of laps and experimented a lot, which is exactly what today is all about. I've got a good idea where to improve for next year. I really enjoyed it, it’s nice to finally be back out on track finally and experience the 2022 cars. I’m looking forward to next year now, I’ll be in the factory next week to meet the whole team, after that I'll take a short break before getting back to work with McLaren to prepare for next year."

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Win a signed team polo! Finish the season in style with a 2022 Team Polo signed by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo

ANDREA STELLA, Executive Director, Racing

"It’s been a productive day of testing here in Abu Dhabi at the post-season test, where we’ve managed to complete a lot of important work. Firstly, it’s been great to get Oscar into the MCL36 and start his integration into the team. The main objective for him today has been to get as much mileage under his belt as possible, and to start to get him used to working with the team. On Lando’s side, it was useful to gather information on these Pirelli tyres ahead of next year.

"Our thanks go to Pirelli for their support during this test. Having completed 123 laps with Oscar and 115 with Lando, my thanks go to the team, both here at track and at MTC, and to the drivers for their hard work today. After a long season of Formula 1, the race team will now head back to MTC and take the time for a well-deserved rest and reset before putting all our efforts into the 2023 season."

Today's official testing times

1 Carlos Sainz Ferrari  1:25.245s 65 laps
2 Charles Leclerc  Ferrari 1:25.383s 56 laps
3 Robert Shwartzman Ferrari 1:25.400s  116 laps
4 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:25.689s 130 laps 
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:25.845s 76 laps
6 Alex Albon Williams 1:25.959s 118 laps
7 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:26.063s 82 laps 
8  Nyck De Vries AlphaTauri  1:26.111s 151 laps 
9 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:26.263s  70 laps 
10 Liam Lawson Red Bull Racing 1:26.281s  111 laps 
11 Jack Doohan Alpine 1:26.297s  111 laps 
12 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:26.312s 97 laps 
13 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 1:26.333s 88 laps
14 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:26.340s  123 laps 
15 Felipe Drugovich Aston Martin 1:26.595s  106 laps 
16 Valtteri Bottas  Alfa Romeo 1:26.709s 129 laps
17 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  1:26.750s 67 laps
18 Lando Norris McLaren 1:26.890s 115 laps
19 Nico Hulkenberg Haas  1:27.000s 110 laps
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:27.123s 135 laps
21 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas  1:27.172s 99 laps
22 Frederik Vesti Mercedes 1:27.216s 124 laps
23 George Russell Mercedes 1:27.240s 73 laps
24 Théo Pourchaire Alfa Romeo 1:27.591s 106 laps

What's next?

Testing has now concluded following the 2022 season finale in Abu Dhabi. The team will return to the McLaren Technology Centre and start preparations for the 2023 season and pre-season testing in Bahrain.

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