The 2020 Formula 1 season is over after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but not every driver has finished Formula 1 yet. In Abu Dhabi, the Young Driver Test will be completed on Tuesday, although not every driver is so ‘young’. Read here who will take part in this test.
At the end of the season, Formula 1 teams would have the opportunity to test their new cars, but when the regulations were shifted, the test was also shortened. The test would be renamed a Young Driver Test, in which only drivers were allowed to take part with a maximum of two races to their name in Formula 1.
However, the FIA cut itself off by having Fernando Alonso tested for Renault. The two-time world champion was not in the car in 2020, so he was allowed to take part in the test. However, this opened the door wide to other teams, including Stoffel Vandoorne, Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi. All drivers who have made enough kilometres in F1.
So the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi is no longer so much a test for young drivers, but rather a test for the teams to test that car with the new floor and tyres for 2021. McLaren, together with Racing Point, is not present. They decided to abandon this test earlier this season, due to the lack of official junior or test drivers.
Mercedes- Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries
Red Bull Racing- Sebastien Buemi and Juri Vips
Renault- Fernando Alonso and Guanyu Zhou
Ferrari- Robert Shwartzman and Antonio Fuoco
AlphaTauri- Yuki Tsunoda and Marino Sato
Alfa Romeo- Robert Kubica and Callum Ilott
Haas- Mick Schumacher
Williams- Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany