Although the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship came to an end at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the action will continue today for a last time this year.
Williams will run today with Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany behind the wheel. Nissany last drove Williams’ 2020 car, the FW43 in the first practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Grove-based team’s big rival, Alfa Romeo will work with Robert Kubica and Callum Ilott at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Yuki Tsunoda and Marino Sato will be given the chance to drive for AlphaTauri today with the Honda-backed Japanese driver expected to make his debut in Formula One in 2021 with the Faenza-based outfit.
Ferrari will test with Robert Shwartzman and Antonio Fuoco. The former driver competed in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year after winning the FIA F3 series in 2019. The Italian was part of Ferrari’s Driver Academy programme, but has been served as the team’s simulator driver for two years.
The American Haas team will work today with Mick Schumacher behind the wheel. The German made his official debut at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his first planned outing at the Eifel Grand Prix was called off due to poor weather conditions.
Renault was granted permission from the FIA to work with the returning double champion Fernando Alonso today while the French manufacturer’s other car will be driven by Guanyu Zhou.
Mercedes will run with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries, who form the German manufacturer’s line-up in the Formula E Championship. Red Bull gives one of its car to the experienced Sebastian Buemi while Formula 2 racer Juri Vips will get behind the wheel of the other RB16.
McLaren and Racing Point are the only teams that decided against participating at the Young Driver Test. The Woking-based outfit does not have a young driver currently and was eager to call off this year’s Young Driver Test altogether, but the other teams refused to cancel the post-season running.
Racing Point, which is set to be rebranded as Aston Martin in 2021, will also skip the last on-track programme of the championship. The team will be joined by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel when it makes its transition from the Racing Point banner to Aston Martin.