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It’s been an active transfer market in Formula 1 this year, consequently, many drivers will be stepping in the machinery they’ve never stepped in before and will have to wait until pre-season testing is underway to try it. But not Carlos Sainz, who is set to get his chance in the red before his peers, to familiarize himself with the car as fast as possible.

The regulations only allow teams to organize an extra test to drive a car that has been used in one of the three calendar years before 2020. “We plan to organize something for Carlos Sainz to make sure he is integrated into the team as soon as possible and is familiar with the car, the engineers, our way of working and our procedures. The simulator is important for this, but we are also trying to arrange something for him in January to drive an old car,” explains Mattia Binotto to Formula1.com.

While Sainz is likely to get an important extra day of testing, Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren have not entertained this thought: “The rules are pretty clear about what we are allowed to do. We don’t currently have the opportunity at McLaren to drive an old car and we are of course working as hard as we can to integrate him into the team as soon as possible,” team boss Andreas Seidl said about the Australian’s chances.

Sebastian Vettel will also be experiencing the smaller budget of Aston Martin. “We don’t have the opportunity to drive a two-year-old car. So we will do a lot of sim work with Seb and make the best use of the three days of testing to get him ready for the first race,” said Otmar Szafnauer.


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Tim Kodermac

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