French-based racing team Renault has expressed an interest to the FIA, in order for Fernando Alonso to start car testing ahead of 2021. The veteran driver is keen on getting an opportunity to test the current car. However, recent changes to testing regulations mean that the situation is slightly different.
Renault is in talks with the FIA to see if it can get permission to run Fernando Alonso in Formula 1's post-season Abu Dhabi 'young driver' test:https://t.co/38EZKVGI4a
— Autosport (@autosport) September 15, 2020
The idea is to present a chance to young drivers and see their compatibility with F1 cars. The test will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi but has been cut back to one day from the originally scheduled three days. The alternative option is to seek special permission from the FIA.
Does Fernando Alonso need to take part in this test?
This news has received a varied number of responses, mostly asking why Alonso needs this test. After all, the young drivers’ test is well, for the category of young drivers! A string of hilarious replies indicates the opinion that Alonso would be better off for the winter testing:
Young drivers test should be for young drivers 😅 Isn’t that the whole point ? https://t.co/6gAz56T6gN
— Louis Delétraz (@LouisDeletraz) September 15, 2020
Missed headline opportunity.
— Mark Gallagher (@_markgallagher) September 15, 2020
that would be so funny if the young drivers beat him but i agree this is a young drivers test dont spoil it for them
— gavin armstrong (@gavin3677) September 15, 2020
How we How Renault
see Alonso sees Alonso pic.twitter.com/j9W2It78Qe
— ᴍᴀʀʟ (@FormuIaUno) September 15, 2020
Louis Deletraz’s tweet says it all. Now racing for Charouz Racing System in the Formula 2 Championship, he knows what it means to be in a young drivers’ test. Formerly a simulator driver of Haas F1, he had put in quite the effort back in 2018.
It represents a chance for these upcoming talents to know what Formula 1 is all about. And while veterans such as Alonso have competed at the highest level, it is not exactly fair for the next generation of drivers to play second fiddle to Alonso in an event that is supposed to prioritize the rookies.
Alonso wants to go the distance in 2021 itself
Nevertheless, things are fast approaching for Renault. The driver lineup is sorted for next season and a scene of change to ‘Alpine F1’ is already underway, and Alonso has voiced his excitement to join the team at the earliest.
Despite previously claiming to invest all his focus onto the 2022 season, Alonso has found space for the recent performances in his mind.
Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul has talked about this change and was quoted as saying, “At the start, it was much more about the future. It was let’s go very hard on 2022 and forget about 2021 and write off 2021.
“But as he sees that we are starting to have interesting battles on track, Fernando, he wants to feed the blood: in a positive way. He wants to see that there is something that he can grasp.“