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    Illott joins Alfa Romeo for Abu Dhabi Test

    Shwartzman and Fuoco will be getting to take part in the test too.

    "Any chance to drive a Formula One car is important..."

    Callum Illot

    Formula 2 Championship Contender Callum Illot will make his Formula 1 debut next month with Alfa Romeo at the Young Driver's Test in Abu Dhabi.

    Illott has been impressive so far this season in Formula 2, with three wins to his name - in Austria, Silverstone and Monza respectively - and currently sits in second place in the Driver's Championship with 169 points to his name, just behind Mick Schumacher up ahead in first with 191 points.

    The UNI-Virtuosi racer has previously driven for the team, enjoying a run in their car in 2019 at an in-season test at Barcelona. Ilott was supposed to drive for Haas in Free Practice 1 at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany, although the session was cancelled because of poor weather conditions.

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    "I plan to enjoy every single minute of this great experience.”

    Robert Shwarztman

    Robert Shwarztman will also get the chance to take part in the Abu Dhabi test where he will drive for Ferrari. Currently in his rookie season of Formula 2, Shwartzman was a hot favourite for the Championship but has since slid down to fifth place. He's still had an awesome year on track though with three wins under his belt - at Styria, Hungary and Spa - with a further two trips to the podium on top of that.

    Shwartzman – who will share test duties with former Formula 2 driver Antonio Fuoco – was at the Scuderia factory for a seat fitting last Friday.

    This news follows on the heels of Williams announcing that Jack Aitken and Roy Nissany will drive for them at the Abu Dhabi test. It's good to see teams giving young drivers the chance to get some experience in Formula 1 cars, even with most of the seats for the 2021 season already filled. Come 2022, there will be plenty of eligible young drivers on the F1 market, all with enough super licence points to make themselves a viable option for the various F1 teams.

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    • Good news, if only there were a few more seats available - but 2022 should be interesting...

        4 days ago

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