Alonso fastest in F1 Abu Dhabi young driver test for Renault

Double world champion Fernando Alonso topped the times at Formula 1's young driver test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as he completed a full day of running for Renault

Alonso fastest in F1 Abu Dhabi young driver test for Renault

The Spaniard, who is returning to F1 next season with the team when it will be known as Alpine, had caused some controversy by being allowed to run at the test despite of his vast experience.

Both he and Renault were eager to gain some extra mileage, having only driven the 2020 car at a Barcelona filming day earlier this year.

During a qualifying simulation run towards the end of the day, Alonso put in a lap of 1m36.333s - which was faster than both Renault drivers Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo produced in qualifying for last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes Formula E duo Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne ended up second and third fastest for Mercedes, with Alfa Romeo's Robert Kubica fourth overall.

Formula 2 rookie of the year Yuki Tsunoda, who is tipped to replace Daniil Kvyat at AlphaTauri next season, completed 122 laps as he got up to speed in the team's current car and ended up fifth on the timesheets.

Red Bull youngster Juri Vips was sixth quickest, while his team-mate Sebastian Buemi lost valuable running time after a crash early on.

The three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner put his RB16 backwards into the barrier, damaging the rear wing and other components. He eventually ended up 12th overall.

F2 race winner Callum Ilott completed a solid day for Alfa Romeo to end up eighth quickest, just behind Ferrari development driver Antonio Fuoco.

The other Ferrari was being driven by F2 race winner Robert Shwartzman, who was getting his first run in a contemporary F1 car.

Mick Schumacher, who ran in Friday free practice in Abu Dhabi for Haas, completed another day of running for the team ahead of his F1 debut in 2021.

The German ended up slowest overall, but completed more than 125 laps.

The Abu Dhabi young driver test was the final day of 2020 F1 action for the year, with cars now not allowed to run until pre-season testing begins next March in Barcelona.

F1 Abu Dhabi young driver test results

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Renault F1 Team 1m36.333s 105
2 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.262s 110
3 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.507s 82
4 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1.113s 89
5 Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.224s 123
6 Juri Vips Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.437s 101
7 Antonio Fuoco Scuderia Ferrari 1.484s 126
8 Callum Ilott Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1.493s 93
9 Guanyu Zhou Renault F1 Team 1.569s 98
10 Jack Aitken Williams Racing 1.820s 78
11 Robert Shwartzman Scuderia Ferrari 1.824s 129
12 Sebastien Buemi Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.951s 77
13 Marino Sato Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 2.162s 127
14 Roy Nissany Williams Racing 3.467s 75
15 Mick Schumacher Haas F1 Team 3.614s 125

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