Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman Handed F1 Young Driver Test Opportunities

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Ferrari junior drivers, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman have been handed opportunities to participate in the Formula One Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi next month. 

Ilott who currently sits second in Formula Two will drive for Alfa Romeo at the test, having previously driven for the team in Barcelona in May 2019.

Speaking on his return to Alfa after having spent time at Haas during Eifel Grand Prix weekend, Ilott said; “I am really looking forward to being in the car again in Abu Dhabi and I am grateful to Alfa Romeo Racing ORELEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this opportunity.

The 22 year-old however acknowledged the importance of developing as a driver by driving a F1 car, saying; “Any chance to drive a Formula One car is important: it’s a way to grow my experience, not just in the cockpit, but also working with the team: engineers and crew are amongst the best in the world and there is so much to learn from them, so I am going to make it count.”

Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur is pleased to have Ilott back in the car after weather prevented Ilott from driving for Haas last month in Nurburgring, saying; “… he thoroughly deserves his outing with the team in Abu Dhabi.

“His attitude and work ethic have left a very positive impression with the team when he tested with us last year and testing with him in Abu Dhabi is something we are really looking forward to.”

Ferrari meanwhile will provide Shwartzman with a test drive just days after the Russian is set to make his F1 debut in FP1 with Alfa Romeo, unless Mick Schumacher is handed his FP1 debut instead after seeing his only opportunity like Ilott denied by weather in Germany.

Shwartzman has described the opportunity as “exciting” after testing the SF71H in late September but will be competing against many of his F2 rivals in the test, with the 21 year-old saying; “I can’t wait to jump into the 2020 car and get out on track alongside so many of the drivers I’ve been racing against in Formula 2.”

Ferrari will also hand Simulator Driver, Antonio Fuoco a run out in their 2020 car with the Italian “very happy” to climb into the car and check correlation between the simulator and track.

This announcement comes days after Williams confirmed that Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany will drive in the test at Yas Marina Circuit, whilst AlphaTauri will field Yuki Tsunoda.

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