The FIA sporting regulations state the Young Drivers Test is not open to drivers who “have competed in more than two F1 world championship races during their career… unless otherwise approved by the FIA.”
News of the dispensation granted to Alonso prompted several teams who have signed new drivers for 2021 to request the opportunity to run them at next week’s test. Sainz, who will move from McLaren to Ferrari, said at last week’s Sakhir Grand Prix he would take advantage of the opportunity to drive the SF1000 if it was available.
Other drivers changing teams for next year include Sebastian Vettel, who is joining Racing Point, and Daniel Ricciardo, who is heading to McLaren, though they have previously said they will not take part in the test.
In an email to teams seen by RaceFans, FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi confirmed the dispensation Alonso has received will not be extended to his rivals who are joining new teams for 2021.
Masi told teams that “for drivers who have participated in more than two F1 races in their career, the FIA’s approval, under Article 10.5 b) ii), will be subject to the condition that they have not competed in any Formula 1 races during the 2020 season.”
The clarification leaves open the opportunity for other teams to run experienced F1 drivers who did not race this year, such as Red Bull’s reserve driver Sebastien Buemi and Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne.
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2020 F1 season
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