For Nyck de Vries a dream comes true on Tuesday. During the Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi, the Dutchman makes his first miles in a Formula 1 car.
Last years Formula 2 champion, the driver is on the Yas Marina Circuit in the Mercedes car of World Champion Lewis Hamilton. “Boarding a team that has been the best for seven years in a row is very special for me.”
De Vries is already familiar with the German car builder. On behalf of Mercedes, he is active in Formula E, the electric counterpart of the king class.
Also Mick Schumacher will be in action on Tuesday. The son of seven-time world champion Michael can already taste what awaits him next year and gets into Haas, his new employer. This year Schumacher succeeded De Vries as champion Formula 2
Although the Young Drivers Test is actually meant for – as the name says – young drivers, the FIA has made an exception for Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard, World Champion in 2005 and 2006, will return to Formula One next season at Renault, and since he was absent for the past two years, the 39-year-old driver will be able to get used to it again.
The same goes for Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes), Sebastien Buemi (Red Bull) and Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo). They also have experience as an F1 driver, but they are allowed to take action this week in Abu Dhabi.
Carlos Sainz, who switched from McLaren to Ferrari, was excluded by the FIA to the discontent of his new team.
Notable absences during the Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi are McLaren and Racing Point.
Full line-up Young Drivers Test
Mercedes: Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries
Red Bull: Sebastien Buemi and Juri VIPs
Ferrari: Robert Shwartzman and Antonio Fuoco
Renault: Fernando Alonso and Guanyu Zhou
AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda and Marino Sato
Alfa Romeo: Robert Kubica and Callum Ilott
Hare: Mick Schumacher
Williams: Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany
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