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Alpine confirms that Fernando Alonso will drive next Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, within the tests with the 18-inch wheels that the cars will use next


Alpine confirms that Fernando Alonso will drive next Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, within the tests with the 18-inch wheels that the cars will use next year. There will be two days, Tuesday and Wednesday after the grand prix, with two cars per team on the track: a normal one to give track hours to young or development drivers and another modified simulating the aerodynamics of 2022, to test the behavior of the tires that Formula 1 will use from next year.

Carlos Sainz will also be with Ferrari and many of the first swords are expected, because it is an important test for the teams, the only real test on the asphalt with a material that could be decisive next season, like everything Pirelli does. In the case of Alpine, they confirmed their entire program with Piastri, champion of the F2, at the wheel of the A521; while Ocon will get on an adapted RS18 on Tuesday and Fernando on Wednesday.

“Oscar had a fantastic year in F2, he showed his class. This test will be part of his development to become a reserve driver in 2022, and to assist Fernando and Esteban on the track and off. We are also looking forward to our drivers working with them. 18-inch wheels next year and it is a good opportunity to learn and prepare for the challenges of 2022 and beyond “, says Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine. Pirelli completed an extensive test calendar with all the teams over the last two years (Kvyat, at the wheel of the Renault RS18, pictured), and with prototypes that it has fine-tuned based on the data collected. Next week, for the first time, they will use the final tires.