Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Alonso raves over ‘particular’ first date with Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso loved “a really big day” on his first drive for brand spanking new workforce Aston Martin in a post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

The 2-time world champion has switched from Alpine to Aston, taking up from Sebastian Vettel whose stellar profession reached its chequered flag on the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday.

Forty-eight hours later and the category of 2022 vehicles had been having their final spin within the Formulation One sunshine.

“It was a really big day, having the primary go within the automotive and making an attempt to really feel additionally the variations (between Alpine and Aston Martin”,” stated Alonso.

“Clearly, we raced two days in the past right here, so it’s very recent and it’s very helpful,” he added.

“I attempted to fulfill all of the mechanics, the engineers, and I’ll attempt to bear in mind lots of new names, for certain!”

The 41-year-old was not the one driver attending to grips with a change of workplace.

Pierre Gasly admitted to feeling “emotional” succeeding Alonso at Alpine the place the Frenchman joins compatriot Esteban Ocon.

“First day out on monitor with this automotive, I have to say it’s been a particularly clean morning,” stated the AlphaTauri recruit.

“It was undoubtedly emotional to be on this Alpine automotive,” he added.

“To be out on monitor with the Alpine and kick off… in my thoughts I’m already beginning the 2023 season, already working for subsequent yr. It was undoubtedly very particular.”

Australian Oscar Piastri had a get-to-know-you session with the McLaren vacated by Daniel Ricciardo.

Gasly’s substitute at AlphaTauri, Dutchman Nyck de Vries, and Mick Schumacher’s successor at Haas Nico Hulkenberg, had been additionally out on the monitor.

Timing-sheet clever Ferrari crammed the highest three spots within the take a look at which included Pirelli placing their 2023 tyre compounds a run out.

Purple Bull’s double world champion Max Verstappen, winner of his record-extending fifteenth race of the season within the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, was additionally in motion as was Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton posted solely the seventeenth quickest time in Mercedes’ advanced automotive.

On Saturday, after qualifying on the third row, he had made his emotions plain on the deserves or in any other case of this yr’s mannequin.

“I’m trying ahead to the tip of subsequent Tuesday which is the final day I’ve to drive this factor,” the seven-time champion stated.

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