Max Verstappen put on gold shoes when he was back at the wheel for the tire test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after winning the Formula 1 World Championship for Red Bull.
The 24-year-old Dutchman, who was in the final race of the season controversially defeated seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes on Sunday, completed 124 laps from Yas Marina on the new 18-inch tires for 2022.
Mercedes is still deciding whether the result of the race will be contested and has until Thursday , the night when Verstappen is supposed to receive the trophy at a gala award ceremony in Paris.
Verstappen overtook Hamilton in seven corners on Sunday after the safety car rules had been adjusted, which gave him an opportunity , which Mercedes thought should not have been approved.
George Russell switched to Mercedes and began the next phase of his career after leaving Williams and replacing Valtteri Bottas tte.
Team reserve and Formula E champion Nyck de Vries joined the Briton and drove the fastest lap as young drivers also got time on the track.
Australia’s new Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri drove 131 laps for Alpine, who also tested regular driver Esteban Ocon’s tires.
Guanyu Zhou, who will become China’s first Formula 1 driver next season, tested for Alfa Romeo and Bottas also made his debut with the Swiss Team.
McLaren gave Mexican IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward his first real run in F1 machines, with Daniel Ricciardo also doing a day of testing before going into quarantine in Australia.
« What for a car … I was expecting something ridiculous, but that’s more than ridiculous, « said O’Ward of the experience. « I struggled to keep my head up in the end.
» Nothing I’ve driven comes close, not even a touch of closeness. It’s incredible. «
The New Zealander Liam Lawson tested for AlphaTauri, the American Logan Sergeant with Williams and the Briton Nick Yelloly at Aston Martin. Ferrari tested the Russian Robert Shwartzman and the Italian Antonio Fuoco.
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