F1 Young Drivers Test: Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel have been rejected to participate in the Abu Dhabi test, but Fernando Alonso is permitted.
Future and current Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel have been rejected from the F1 Young Drivers Test. They were anyway not eligible but had put in a request after Fernando Alonso was shockingly allowed. Sainz and Vettel made the request considering they would be switching to new teams Ferrari and Aston Martin respectively.
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Speaking to The Race, on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi GP, Sainz wasn’t pleased. “No, there hasn’t been any logic explained to me because there’s very little logic behind it. I think not many people really understand what’s going on.
“Of course I’m disappointed not being able to test but I have to accept it and turn the page. I will make sure I’m prepared as much as I can for next year.”
“To open one of the cars to at least fit the driver into a car, knowing that next year it’s the same chassis, and see that everything is more or less working well, the safety aspects from the jump out test, the fitting of the car itself is obviously primarily important. Those are the things that thanks to the Abu Dhabi test we would have been able to sort out and get a bit of a headstart on and unfortunately it’s not happening.”
Sebastian Vettel: Everyone should be allowed in Young Drivers Test
The four-time champion always speaks sensibly, and it is no different when it comes to the Young Drivers Test. He doesn’t really have much of a problem with Alonso being allowed to participate. His point is that if he is allowed, then Sainz, himself, and Daniel Ricciardo should also be. Ricciardo is switching to McLaren from Renault, to be replaced by Alonso, incidentally.
“It’s not my decision to take. I think if you allow Fernando then basically you have to allow everyone. So I think the governance should take a fair decision. Which in this case I don’t think they did because otherwise Carlos, and some others and myself maybe, would have had the opportunity to test.”