Red Bull has made different testing arrangements to its major rivals. As the team is running its current car, the event is defined as a promotional run, and they are limited to a maximum of 100 kilometres’ running.
Mercedes and Ferrari chose to run two-year-old cars in their events at Silverstone and Mugello respectively, meaning they did not have the same restrictions on mileage. Running a two-year-old car was not an option for Red Bull, as the Honda-powered team would have had to source a power unit from former supplier Renault.
These tests will give teams the opportunity to practice operating their cars while observing social distancing restrictions which will be in place when the championship begins behind closed doors at the Red Bull Ring next week.
This is the second and final promotional event Red Bull can perform this year. It already ran its RB16 pre-season at Silverstone with Max Verstappen at the wheel. It used an older car for another event at Zandvoort.
Renault also ran a two-year old car in a test at the Red Bull Ring. Racing Point used its RP20 for a promotional event at Silverstone last week.