The driver line-up has been confirmed for Tuesday’s young driver test at the Yas Marina circuit.
Renault has therefore taken advantage of the opportunity to give Fernando Alonso a day in the RS20 ahead of his return to the team next year. In a break with usual practice, teams are allowed to use two cars instead of one during the test, so Renault will also run Formula 2 driver Guanyu Zhou in their other car.
Among the other experienced drivers returning to test are Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes), Sebastien Buemi (Red Bull) and Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo).
Yuki Tsunoda, who has been widely tipped to join AlphaTauri’s line-up alongside Pierre Gasly next year, will test the team’s 2020 car for the first time having driven a two-year-old car at Imola in October. He will be joined by Marino Sato in the team’s line-up.
Two teams are not taking part in the test. McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl previously said they would not run a car as they expected the test would only be open to rookies. Racing Point are also not participating. Both have new drivers joining them for 2021 who are not eligible to participate in the test.
Abu Dhabi testing line-up
|Mercedes||Stoffel Vandoorne||Nyck de Vries|
|Red Bull||Sebastien Buemi||Juri Vips|
|Racing Point||Not participating|
|Renault||Fernando Alonso||Guanyu Zhou|
|Ferrari||Robert Shwartzman||Antonio Fuoco|
|AlphaTauri||Yuki Tsunoda||Marino Sato|
|Alfa Romeo||Robert Kubica||Callum Ilott|
|Williams||Jack Aitken||Roy Nissany|
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