Some teams are doing their particular preseason with cars from previous seasons to compensate for the drastic reduction in official test days. Esteban Ocon is at Paul Ricard with Alpine for that purpose before the team presentation.
The pandemic has altered many of the habits of the Formula 1 teams and one of the most profound consequences is the preseason reduction just three days of filming in Bahrain, specifically between March 12 and 14.
A decision taken jointly between the teams and the FIA that perhaps many of them have ended up regretting, since the initial objective of reduce expenses In a season in which the cars do not change excessively at the mechanical level, it seems that it will not be completely fulfilled.
The reason is that there are several teams that are organizing private tests with cars from previous seasons to give its drivers enough running gear to start the season in good shape. It has already happened with Fernando Alonso and Renault, with Carlos Sainz and Ferrari and with Yuki Tsunoda and AlphaTauri.
Esteban Ocon, in Alpine colors
Y Esteban Ocon, already in Alpine colors, is doing the same at the Paul Ricard circuit, where he has been at the controls of the Renault RS18 of the 2018 season, although decorated with the colors of the Renault Group sub-brand, which takes over the signature of the rhombus since this year in Formula 1.
The French driver, who will share a team with Fernando Alonso, gets into a Formula 1 for the first time since participating in the last Grand Prix of the 2020 season in Abu Dhabi, which will allow him recover sensations before getting in the new car in Bahrain.
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Fernando Alonso, who a few weeks ago suffered an accident while training with his bicycle in Switzerland, continues to resume his physical preparation before returning to the car, although Alpine has not clarified whether the presence of the Spanish in Paul Ricard was planned before the accident.
In any case, the Spaniard will accompany Esteban Ocon in the team presentation, which will be held on March 2.