F1.  Alfa Romeo has a problem with “junior”

F1. Alfa Romeo has a problem with “junior”


The FIA ​​has decided to help young and inexperienced drivers and from this season every Formula 1 team is obliged to put a young driver who has no or little experience in the queen of motorsport in two Friday practice sessions.

For Alfa, the situation is interesting because one training session was completed by Zhou Guanyu, a full-time driver who made his F1 debut during the inaugural weekend in Bahrain. One class should, in turn, leave Valtteri Bottas to hand over the car to Pourchaire.

The original plan was for the French to take part in the home action. However, after throwing the Russian Grand Prix from the calendar, the F2 round will be held at Paul Ricard, and it is impossible to combine duties with F1. For the same reason, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands, Monza and Abu Dhabi should also be excluded. Additionally, there are sprints in Austria and Brazil, so qualifying is preceded by only one practice session.

Vasseur also said that Singapore and Suzuka can be very difficult for a young driver, and another reason is the testing of prototype tires by Pirelli, scheduled for several training sessions.

“We planned to have Theo go to Le Castellet,” Vasseur told Motorsport.com. – But now F2 is after changing [harmonogram] because of Sochi.

– We must find a weekend at the end of the season. It’s not easy because we don’t want it to be Singapore. Japan is tough for a rookie and equally tough for full-time drivers who haven’t raced there in the last two seasons.

– There are also sprints and two or three weekends with tire tests. This will disturb FP2 so it will be difficult to give FP1 a delegate. Mexico might be the same as Austin too. But Pirelli will probably organize tests there, although it will depend on the weather.

Robert Kubica, who is the reserve and development driver at Alfa Romeo, is also expected to take part in Friday’s training sessions.

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