Ferrari on Tuesday filled the top three places on the timing screens in Formula One’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi as the sport looked to the future with grand prix veterans and newcomers alike starting work with new employers.
Carlos Sainz was quickest for Ferrari ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc, with both race regulars taking turns in the one F1-75 car and focusing on Pirelli’s tires for next year.
Israeli test driver Robert Shwartzman was third-fastest in the other Ferrari and did 116 laps, the equivalent of two grand prix distances.
Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso, 41, made his track debut with Aston Martin after leaving Renault-owned Alpine, while 35-year-old Nico Hulkenberg began his comeback with US-owned Haas.
“Today was about learning the tires for 2023, learning their characteristics, and with these test days you have a bit more time to try stuff,” said Hulkenberg, whose last full season was in 2019 with Renault.
“I coped better than expected to be honest, so that’s good,” he said. “There’s now three months of hard-core preparation to get ready. I have a plan and I know what I have to do.”
Australian rookie Oscar Piastri tested for McLaren alongside teammate Lando Norris, while Frenchman Pierre Gasly settled in at Alpine following his move from Red Bull-owned AlphaTauri, who welcomed Dutch driver Nyck de Vries in his place.
“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,” Piastri said. “I really enjoyed it, it’s nice to be back out on track finally and experience the 2022 cars.”
Gasly was fourth-fastest, with Red Bull’s double world champion Max Verstappen fifth after taking over the car from teammate Sergio Perez.
Germany forward Thomas Mueller on Thursday said that his country’s second successive first-round exit from the FIFA World Cup was an “absolute catastrophe,” which teammate Kai Havertz likened to “watching a horror movie.” Germany beat Costa Rica, but Spain’s defeat to Japan meant Germany finished third in Group E behind Spain, with the teams equal on four points and the positions decided only by goal difference. “It is unbelievably bitter for us because our result would have been enough,” Mueller said. “It’s a feeling of powerlessness.” Mueller was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team and was also in the side who were
Taiwanese-American basketballer Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,400) for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, the China Basketball Association said yesterday. Lin, who plays for the Loong Lions Basketball Club, made “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities” where the team stayed on Wednesday ahead of a game, the association said. It said that “caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area.” The Chinese Communist Party is trying to crush criticism of the human cost and disruption of its “zero COVID-19” strategy, which has confined millions of people to
Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying yesterday claimed her first victory at the season-ending Badminton World Tour (BWF) Finals, while Chou Tien-chen lost his second match in the men’s singles at the Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok. Tai on Wednesday lost in her first outing at the Badminton World Federation event against China’s He Bingjiao and was forced to work hard against home hope Busanan Ongbamrungphan yesterday, winning 22-20, 21-16 in 43 minutes. Game 1 was in the balance at 17-17 when Ongbamrungphan seemed to run out of patience in a long rally, putting a shot out of bounds from a stable position and in the
Taiwan’s top two badminton players, Tai Tzu-ying and Chou Tien-chen, are today to compete at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok. Tai, who is world No. 3 in women’s singles, is to compete in Group B in the eight-player draw with world No. 5 He Bingjiao of China, and world No. 7 Ratchanok Intanon and world No. 10 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand. Group A features world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, world No. 2 An Se-young of South Korea, world No. 4 Chen Yufei of China and world No. 18 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia. Tai, who has struggled at