Fernando Alonso, at 39, will take part within the exams that will likely be held after the final Grand Prix of the season, in Abu Dhabi, and that have been initially reserved for younger pilots or with little or no expertise in Formulation 1. The FIA has given the OK, as Motorsport.com progresses, so the Spanish will likely be current in these two days of coaching.
The strain exerted by Renault to permit the Asturian to trip a automotive this season and never solely in 2018, because it has performed in a number of personal exams, has neutralized the opposition of a number of groups, led by Ferrari, McLaren and Racing Level (future Aston Martin). They understood that the French workforce would acquire a notable benefit within the improvement of its 2021 automotive, already underneath the identify of Alpine, by having the ‘suggestions’ of a pilot of Alonso’s veteran, which performed towards their pursuits , as will likely be direct rival.
The drafting of the usual for these exams It’s the one which has served as an argument for Renault to persuade the FIA. Earlier than the pandemic, these exams have been for use to check the brand new 18-inch wheels, which have been to come back into pressure in 2021. With the delay within the activation of the brand new rules for 2022, these trainings grew to become exams for younger individuals drivers in possession of Superlicence A and who’ve contested a most of two Formulation 1 Grand Prix … Until expressly authorised by the FIA. This final phrase is essential.
This weekend, in Bahrain, there have been a number of conferences of the workforce leaders with the FIA, which has introduced that these exams will likely be free, with out limitation, on the specific want of Jean Todt, the president of the Federation.
This “free” qualification has meant that, along with Renault with Alonso, different groups reap the benefits of it: Crimson Bull to lift Sebastien Buemi, who remains to be a tester though he was contesting Formulation E and the World Endurance Championship, and Alfa Romeo will do the identical with Robert Kubica, who has already performed some free follow this 12 months.
On the identical time, the chance that Ferrari reap the benefits of this hand opening to make Carlos Sainz debut in his automotive of this 12 months earlier than the 2021 preseason, which may also be solely three days and never six as common. The Scuderia must negotiate with McLaren, as a result of Sainz stays underneath contract with the Woking workforce till December 31.