Next year there will be a small migration in the Formula 1 field: Sebastian Vettel will certify from Ferrari to Aston Martin, replacing Carlos Sainz from McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo from McLaren is transferring from Renault, Australia is replaced by returning Fernando Alonso.
Alonso has already taken several tests with Renault to get back in shape, and Sainz can also expect Ferrari to arrange a test for him with the car two years ago. Ricciardo and Vettel, however, are not given such an opportunity.
At McLaren, the switch from Renault to Mercedes engines will tie up resources, so the test wouldn’t make much sense anyway.
“We don’t have the opportunity to test with a car two years ago,” said Otmar Szafnauer, team leader of the unit still known as Racing Point. In essence, Andreas Seidl, who runs McLarent, said the same, adding that there is still a plan for Ricciardo to be involved in the work immediately. In the same way, Vettel will be able to sit in the simulator with his new team immediately.
“We’re currently trying to bring it together so Carlos can get into an earlier car,” said Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s team boss. “That way you can get used to the team, our procedures, and get to know people.”
Next year, there will be only three days of testing before the season, so each rider will only get a day and a half of work with the new cars. This can be particularly detrimental to team changers.