One of the great wishes of Formula 1, in general, and Renault, in particular, is to see Fernando Alonso on track. The Asturian is already in full preparation for returning to the competition, but that lap will not be hasty or in a free practice session of the Grand Prix.
Although weeks before the confirmation of his return the hoax was launched that he was going to ride this year not only in practice, but in a complete Grand Prix, those responsible for Renault are clear that, if it occurs, it will be in a session with a somewhat ironic name for a 39 year old runner: young pilot tests.
These training sessions have already become a tradition, in which the teams test their youth players to give them kilometers in a real Formula 1 and on a real track, in this case the circuit of Yas Marina which hosts the Abu Dhabi GP days before.
Cyril Abiteboul, team leader, has been clear: they want to see Alonso in the Renault before it becomes Alpine F1, but the Asturian it is no longer there to set free. “He does not need the FP1 exposure. And we clearly need the opportunity to set everything up. But we would like to see him because I can feel he is hungry for it”, highlights the Frenchman. on Motorsport.com. The problem is that you don’t have many options, except for those training sessions for newbies, which also have somewhat limited regulations.
The young driver tests are called as such, precisely because they are focused on discovering talents and giving opportunities to those who have not yet had the opportunity, either by age or simply because they have been testers.
Traditionally, three days were dedicated to these tests, but in 2020 it will be only one day because of the pandemic. What does not change is the rest of the instructions: each team can line up two cars pfor pilots who have not contested more than two Grand Prix of Formula 1 throughout his sports career. This is the main obstacle for Alonso, who more than exceeds that number since he has played 312.
For this reason, Abiteboul is negotiating with the FIA a permit to allow Alonso this refreshment test, which would help him to adapt to a car that in 2021 will change its name but little else. “We have to see if it can be done based on the test criteria. We are talking to the FIA about it,” says the Frenchman.