Esteban Ocon was joined by new team-mate Pierre Gasly at the home of the British Grand Prix with both drivers splitting the running on Monday as part of the team’s filming day and shakedown of its 2023 challenger.
Esteban took driving duties first, beginning his day at 09:00am local time and completing nine laps before handing over to Pierre, who toured the 5.891km track eight times to total the 100km-limited distance for his first action of 2023.
The A523 ran without any issues to mark the latest milestone on its development path ahead of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, which begins in Bahrain on March 5th .
The team will officially unveil the A523 in London on Thursday 16th February before travelling to Bahrain for pre-season testing between 23-25 February.
“It’s not until you get back out on track in a Formula 1 car that you realise how much you miss it! It was an honour to drive the A523 today and experience first-hand all the hard work and improvements that have gone into this car. A big thank you to all the women and men at Viry and Enstone for reaching this milestone and seeing the car on-track for the first time. The first lap is always a memorable one and I’m glad today went smoothly. We will show the A523 to the world this Thursday at the Launch and also on track in Bahrain next week.”
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