Ferrari wants to give newcomer Carlos Sainz more time to get used to the racing stables Formula 1 car. The Italian team thinks that the three test days the driver will probably get this year in the run-up to the first race is too little.
“ It seems clear to me that we are going to organize something for Carlos to integrate him into the team a little faster. A test drive in one of our older models in January is definitely part of that,” says team boss Mattia Binotto on the Formula 1 website.
The rules do not allow the drivers to drive the 2021 race car outside the regular test races in Barcelona. Because of the coronaperitifs and cost savings, there are probably only three this year, compared with six last year and even eight years in the previous years. However, drivers are allowed to make some extra mileage in the racing models used in the three calendar years before 2020.
The Spaniard Sainz made the switch from McLaren to Ferrari, where he took over the seat from Sebastian Vettel. “We can put Carlos in the simulator, but to get to know the team and the working procedures better, driving an old Ferrari is very useful,” says Binotto.
Aston Martin, the new racing stable of Vettel, has indicated that the German four-time world champion does not have to count on additional testing time. “We dont have a two-year-old car, so well have to prepare Seb for the season in the three official test days,” says team boss Otmar Szafnauer.
Daniel Ricciardo, who exchanged Renault for McLaren, does not get the chance to make some extra miles. “We dont have the opportunity to prepare an old McLaren for Daniel, so hell have to do it with the three test days,” said McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.