Alpha Tauri’s rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda is about for one more take a look at in an older-spec automotive, forward of official pre-season testing within the 2021 automotive.
With pre-season testing diminished to simply three days for 2021, down from final yr’s six because of the comparatively unchanged laws and automobiles, it’s created a little bit of a headache for incoming rookie drivers.
Whereas veterans like Sergio Perez says he’s not anxious by solely getting a day and a half behind the wheel of his new steed, rookies like Tsunoda and Haas signings Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin want monitor time simply to get used to F1 speeds on the whole.
To assist with this, Alpha Tauri are giving Yuki Tsunoda monitor time in an older automotive. It’s not but confirmed whether or not it’ll be the 2018 or 2019 automotive, though Tsunoda did drive the 2018 Toro Rosso at Imola again in November.
The foundations state that checks like these might be executed with automobiles from at the least two seasons in the past, permitting drivers entry to moderately modern Method 1 automobiles with out the opportunity of getting used as improvement for the present machines.
Based on Autosport, Tsunoda will drive at Imola within the older-spec automotive on the finish of January. He’ll then return in late February for an official filming day within the 2021 automotive, certainly one of two such days each group are given as permitted use of the 2021 automobiles. Filming days are restricted to 100 kilometres of monitor time, with specifically equipped Pirelli tyres.
Tsunoda steps as much as Method 1 to switch the ousted Daniil Kvyat. The younger Japanese driver completed P3 total in Method 2 with Carlin in 2020, the highest positioned rookie within the subject. Backed by Purple Bull and Honda, he has been promoted to associate Pierre Gasly on the Purple Bull junior squad.