Ferrari pushing for Sainz to join Abu Dhabi young driver F1 test

Carlos Sainz Jr has confirmed that Ferrari is pushing for him to be allowed to take part in the young driver Formula 1 test after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Ferrari pushing for Sainz to join Abu Dhabi young driver F1 test

Crucially, the current McLaren driver will be free contractually, and will thus be able to do the test should Ferrari receive permission from the FIA for him to participate.

Lobbying from Renault led to the FIA opening the one-day test up for Fernando Alonso to run some miles in the Enstone team's 2020 car, while Sebastien Buemi is expected to drive for Red Bull and Robert Kubica for Alfa Romeo.

Thus far drivers who raced in 2020 have been excluded from the day, but Sainz made it clear that Ferrari hope that he can make an early debut for the team, and get priceless mileage going into the winter.

Teams are allowed two cars at the test, and Ferrari has already announced that one will be driven by Robert Shwartzman, and one by Antonio Fuoco.

Meanwhile, two other Ferrari young drivers will also be busy, with Mick Schumacher at Haas, and Callum Ilott at Alfa Romeo.

Fuoco's run is mainly to give the Maranello simulator driver an opportunity to get up to speed with the real car, and clearly the team would be willing to sacrifice his chance to allow Sainz to take part, while maintaining its commitment to young drivers via Shwartzman.

"I'm willing to test for Ferrari," said Sainz.

"I think it's no secret, especially now that the hand has been opened a bit by the FIA for drivers that are not rookies, or not young drivers, to test, I don't see why the FIA wouldn't open the hand a bit also to all the drivers.

"Personally, I wouldn't take any young driver out of the seat.

"I think Callum (above), Mick and Robert Shwartzman, I think they are still going to test, so if I jump into a Ferrari, I'm not going to not allow them to test, they're going to still be testing.

"I think Ferrari is one of the teams that are promoting young drivers the most right now.

"So I don't see why I shouldn't also get the chance to test.

"I don't know what's going to happen to be honest, I don't know what is the FIA's decision, but you can tell that I'm going to try and be there as much as I can."

Asked to clarify what process is underway, he said: "I'm not going to say what we are going to do.

"But I'm telling you that I'm very willing to be on that Abu Dhabi test, especially because my contract allows me to do so."

McLaren is not attending the test, but its future driver Daniel Ricciardo says taking part was never an option, as he remains contracted to Renault.

"From my side I was never going to participate," he said.

"It was always from 2021 onwards, so I don't really feel like personally I've lost out because it was nothing I ever expected to do.

"I think Fernando, obviously he's been maintaining a lot of health and fitness.

"He looks in pretty good shape and pretty young - so I think, to the naked eye, he certainly passes as a young driver!"

shares
comments
Ricciardo to meet F1 chiefs over "inconsiderate" Grosjean crash TV replays

Previous article

Ricciardo to meet F1 chiefs over "inconsiderate" Grosjean crash TV replays

Next article

The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready to replace Hamilton at Sakhir GP

The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready to replace Hamilton at Sakhir GP
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr.
Teams Ferrari
Author Adam Cooper
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021