Formula 1: Alpine and McLaren should decide on rookie drivers for free practice

Formula 1: Alpine and McLaren should decide on rookie drivers for free practice


By Pedro André Mendes on 21 September 2022 15:43


Formula 1 teams still have six weekends to put a rookie driver in charge of their single seat during the two free practice sessions 1. And if there are teams that have made progress in this regard, which is part of the control they should all pay attention to, Alpine and McLaren they have not yet decided which driver or drivers will be behind the wheel of their cars.
In 2022, it was mandatory for all teams to use two rookie drivers during two free practice sessions 1 during the season. After 16 Grands Prix, opportunities start to run out. In Brazil and Japan it must be difficult for teams to bet on the first players on Friday, for different reasons. At Interlagos, the final race of the year will take place, with the teams having one small practice session to work on the car set-up and at Suzuka, 10 teams will have the opportunity to test Pirelli’s prototype tires for 2023 for a while. in training. Therefore, in reality, Doctors in Singapore, the United States, Mexico and Abu Dhabi are left to follow the law.
At Red Bull Jüri Vips he has already driven in the Spanish GP, but after being kicked out of the team’s driver program, Liam Lawson will be a possible candidate to make up for the missed practice, as well as he should return to his seat at AlphaTauri. AT03 for one more workout.
Also after practice with Nyck de Vries, Mercedes should again put the Dutchman in control of his car, despite the fact that he is discussing his future with other teams in the paddock.
Ferrari have yet to have a driver on their 2022 car in practice, but have confirmed that Robert Schwartzman will be present in the US and Abu Dhabi. At Ferrari customer team Haas, Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will make his second outing with a team car at the Circuit de las Americas.
Nyck de Vries was also behind the wheel of the Aston Martin AMR22, completing one of the two mandatory free practices, but it should be recent Formula 2 champion and now Silverstone team development driver Felipe Drugovich who completes the program in Abu Dhabi .
At Williams, young Formula 2 driver Logan Sergeant will train with the team at their home event in Austin, after de Vries will also be behind the wheel of the FW44.
Zhou Guanyu’s first weekend in Bahrain counted towards this rule in Alfa Romeo. Therefore, Théo Pourchaire is expected to replace Valtteri Bottas in the United States or Mexico.
Alpine had planned to put its development driver Oscar Piastri in both training sessions during the season, but after the whole ‘soap opera’ involving the two parts, it should be Jack Doohan to do it, but it is not yet confirmed. McLaren depends on Alpine and if they allow Piastri to be behind the wheel of a team car. You can bet on Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward if the French don’t agree.

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