Robert Shwartzman and Antonio Fuoco will participate in the Abu Dhabi young drivers test with Scuderia Ferrari on Tuesday, December 15. This confirms that Carlos Sainz will not be able to debut with his new team until the 2021 preseason.
Although it was to be expected, the request of teams like Renault and Ferrari opened a door to hope. However, the Scuderia has indirectly confirmed that the FIA has not accepted the request to allow Carlos Sainz to debut with his new team in the test on December 15 in Abu Dhabi, which was initially planned only for drivers with two or fewer Formula 1 Grand Prix behind them and which will continue to be the case.
This same Thursday, Robert Shwartzman Y Antonio Fuoco They were at the Maranello factory to prepare their seats for the SF1000, a car they will drive two days after the last Grand Prix of the season.
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“It is exciting to know that I will be driving the SF1000 in Abu Dhabi immediately after the end of the Formula 1 season. I was able to test the SF71H at Fiorano at the end of September and it was amazing, even though that car is almost three years old,” said the Russian driver. . “I am looking forward to getting out onto the track alongside many of the drivers I have been racing with in Formula 2. I plan to enjoy every minute of this great experience”.
Antonio Fuoco, for his part, says he is “very happy to get back behind the wheel of a real car, after having done so many virtual laps in the SF1000 in the simulator. It is very useful for someone in my position to be able to get into a car from time to time and check the correlation between the tools that I usually use and how the car really behaves on the track, ”says the Italian. “Besides that, it is an honor to put on the red jumpsuit and drive a Ferrari on the track, a feeling that is always difficult to express in words”.
Sainz and Alonso will have to wait
This announcement indirectly confirms that neither Carlos Sainz, nor Fernando Alonso nor any other of the pilots who in 2021 change teams They will be able to ride with their new line-ups in Abu Dhabi, as the FIA does not seem to intend to change the spirit of this young driver test.
McLaren and Racing Point have already announced that they would not be present at the test and, although Renault has not made its line-up public, it can be almost certain that Fernando Alonso will not receive the permission of the FIA and will have to wait for the 2021 preseason to get on. to the RS20 in competitive conditions (he already did it on a filming day in Barcelona).
For its part, Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Callum ilott will be in Abu Dhabi at the controls of the Italian-Swiss car and it is very likely that the last member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Mick schumacher, gets on the Haas, thus making his debut with the team of which he will be an official pilot in 2021.