AlphaTauri to carry out testing with its AT01

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The AlphaTauri team is set to conduct a filming day with its actual car, the AT01 ahead of the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix that is set to take place on July 1.

Reigning world champion team Mercedes took the opportunity last week to log in some miles at the British Grand Prix venue, Silverstone in a bid to get itself ready for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

Since then, Ferrari, Racing Point and Renault have also expressed their intention to practice on a real track before the delayed 2020 F1 season gets underway. Teams not only want to warm themselves up ahead of the Spielberg round after a long time away from race tracks, but they also want to prepare themselves for the safety and health protocols that will be put in place.

The most recent team to show willingness for on-track action is the AlphaTauri squad. Red Bull junior team usually conducts its filming days on the Misano race track, but the facility is busy on the day as some MotoGP squads are set to held test there.

The Faenza-based team has therefore decided to travel to the Grand Prix track of Imola that is only some 15kms away from AlphaTauri’s headquarter. The team which has been rebranded for this year is expected to bring its current race car, the AT01 to the track.

Teams have an allocation of two filming days during the year when they can use their actual cars. However, they are limited to a maximum of 100km and are obliged to use Pirelli’s special tyres. AlphaTauri has already used up one of its two filming days when shaking down its AT01 in February.

By opting for its current car, AlphaTauri will enjoy the benefit to practice with the machine with which it will start the curtailed 2020 season, but it will be restricted as far as the mileage is concerned.