While Renault completed this Sunday in Turkey one of his most disappointing races of the season, Fernando Alonso he got back on the RS18 to take part in a two-day test in Abu Dhabi. The Asturian started by doing 74 laps of the Yas Marina track, adding 116 more laps this Monday. In total, just over 1,000 kilometers to prepare for his return to Formula 1.
“The test was fantastic, it’s great to feel the speed of the Formula 1 cars again with these from 2018 and also learn a bit about the team’s working procedure.. I have enjoyed each of the laps. I really want to compete again next year, and until then, I will continue to support the team in the races that remain this year, “he said after completing the last day of testing.
116 laps today, 74 yesterday… @alo_oficial has completed our extensive testing program with his new best friend: the RS18. @BAH_Int_Circuit AND @ymcofficial? ✅ # RSspirit pic.twitter.com/1TWyBENroJ
– Renault F1 Team (@ RenaultF1Team) November 16, 2020
This test was of vital importance for Alonso since he has been banned from participating in the end of season tests that will also be held in Abu Dhabi. Despite this, Renault continues working so that the FIA authorizes the Spanish to participate in them despite being a test for young drivers. If not, Fernando Alonso He will only have a day and a half to get what will be his car next season.
Precisely to acclimatize to his new car, Carlos Sainz also wants an authorization from the FIA to be with Ferrari in Abu Dhabi. “It is no secret that I would be interested in trying the Ferrari, but it does not depend on me. It depends on the interests of the teams, which have to agree, and the FIA. A day and a half to prepare for a season is practically impossible, it will be very complicated, just as it will be done to Fernando and Ricciardo”, Said the Madrilenian recently.
Alonso adds kilometers with the Renault
In the absence of knowing whether both Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz They can be in Abu Dhabi, the Asturian has completed a total of 190 laps in Yas Marina, a thousand kilometers more than the thousand he did in the Bahrain test. Previously, after a year and a half without getting into a Formula 1, Alonso I experienced that situation again on the filming day in Barcelona.