Formula 1 teams stay in Abu Dhabi for post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Today we see Formula 1 teams rev-up those Turbo-Hybrid engines again for the last sessions of the 2020 season.
Looking at the line-up’s with our Formula 2 glasses on we will see a mixture of current, hopeful and even previous drivers.
Red Bull have a combo of F2 2021 hopeful Juri Vips and F2 graduate Sebastien Buemi. Buemi has gone on to have an outstanding career in motorsport but this will actually be the first time he has been in a modern version since leaving the sport in 2011 despite being officially the Austrian teams reserve driver for many years.
Mercedes will run both former FIA Formula 2 Champions Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries. For de Vries this will be the first opportunity behind the wheel of Formula 1 machinery.
Ferrari will be giving lap time to their long serving SIM driver Antonio Fuoco and 2020 Formula 2 rookie Robert Shwartzman.
Haas will give the much anticipated run out to F2 Champion Mick Schumacher, who received his first FP1 outing with the team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend.
The British based team Williams will run both Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany as they both build on a decent amount of lap time for the team this year. Aitken of course having a full run out in the Sakhir Grand Prix following Lewis Hamilton’s illness and the knock on effect with George Russell moving into the Mercedes seat.
The Formula 2 fun doesn’t stop there!
AlphaTauri will field an all-Japanese line-up of Yuki Tsunoda and Marino Sato. Tsunoda is being heavily linked to the team for a full-time 2021 drive.
Alfa Romeo will give lap time to F2 Vice-Champion Callum Ilott and veteran Robert Kubica. The Rules for the eligibility of the “young driver test” have been somewhat flexible this year allowing some former stars back on track despite being twice the age of some drivers.
None more controversially, than Renault running 2x Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso’s, who will be joined by the team’s academy driver Guanyu Zhou.
McLaren and Racing Point have elected not to participate in the test.
Following these laps the F1 teams will take a break until pre-season testing begins on March 2 next year.
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