Sainz’s first laps with McLaren, Leclerc joins Ferrari

Date published: November 28 2018

Carlos Sainz's first laps with McLaren, Charles Leclerc joins Ferrari

Carlos Sainz put in his first laps as a McLaren driver as he took to the Yas Marina circuit on Wednesday for Day Two of the post-season test.

The Spaniard, who was a Renault 72 hours prior, is one of several high profile moves as he replaces Fernando Alonso at McLaren for the 2019 campaign.

Even Renault were keen to see their former driver Sainz behind the wheel of the MCL33.

Meanwhile Charles Leclerc covered his first laps as a Ferrari driver, the youngest to drive for the Scuderia in three decades.

Watch him go…

Lance Stroll spent more time in the Force India.

Ironically the most expected move, probably in the history of F1’s moves, and yet the only seat on the grid yet to be confirmed.

With Red Bull refusing to release Daniel Ricciardo for the test, Renault ran Nico Hulkenberg on Tuesday before handing the RS18 over to test driver Artem Markelov for the second and final day.

Robert Kubica continued his preparations ahead of his return to the grid in 2019.

Haas handed Louis Deletraz a first-ever F1 experience.

George Russell replaced Robert Kubica for the afternoon session.

Valtteri Bottas had a busy day in the W09.

New 2019 Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly jumped into the RB14 for a few laps of fun.