These seven innovators are going into action during FP1 in Abu Dhabi

Lars Levtenk

He will be busy in terms of rookies during the first free practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday morning at 11:00 am Dutch time. During the last FP1 edition of the season, no fewer than eight substitute drivers will take part, seven of whom are rookies.

Explain the situation first. Each team is required to change each of their regular drivers once to starters during the first free practice session of the race weekend. This is to give young drivers the opportunity to show themselves and gain experience in the sport. Nyck de Vries has already completed four free practice sessions this year: williams (Spain VT1), Mercedes (France VT1) and Aston Martin (Italy VT1). A fourth was added in Mexico, on behalf of Mercedes. In Mexico and the US it was already busy with the rookies during FP1 anyway, but it’s even more so in Abu Dhabi.

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Before Max Verstappen It is the moment when he will have to give up his seat to the novice. unlike Sergio Perez (Jorry Phipps was his replacement) Earlier this year he did this with Liam Lawson, who first got a chance at a Red Bull and was also former at AlphaTauri. So many minutes for Lawson, but the seat for 2023 at AlphaTauri went to Nyck de Vries. also Carlos Sainz He gives up his seat this weekend during VT1. Robert Schwartzman, op Charles Locklear replace him, and allow his second session in a Ferrari Togo. However, it doesn’t stop there.

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other rookies

Many eyes will be on Logan Sargeant, who’s still looking for his super license. If he completes FP1 and gets plenty of miles, things are looking good for the American as he heads into his seat in the 2023 side by side. Alexander Alban. It is likely that the late Serjeant was the one Nicholas Latifi Replaces during VT1. In addition, reserve driver Filipe Drugovic, Formula 2 champion, Lance Picnic He was replaced during FP1 in Abu Dhabi and Jack Doohan will do the same on behalf of Alpine Fernando Alonso. Piettro Fittipaldi (replaces Mike Schumacher during VT1) and Patricio O’Ward (replaces Lando Norris during VT1 in Abu Dhabi) also made kilometres. Finally, the exception: Robert Kubica. The reserve driver is no longer a rookie, but he will play with Zhou Guanyu during FP1.


Liam Lawson for Max Verstappen

Logan Sargent on Nicholas Latifi (?)

Robert Schwartzman on Carlos Sainz

Patricio Orde as Lando Norris

Felipe Drugovich as Lance Stroll

Pietro Fittipaldi on Mick Schumacher

Jack Doohan on Fernando Alonso

Robert Kubica (Not a Beginner) by Zhou Guanyu,

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